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You would think that an incumbent governor would have enough he was proud of to seek re-election on his record.

You also would think that that incumbent would know who his opponent in the race is.

You would further think that if he was condemning this non-opponent, at least he would be alleging something specific. We understand that politicians frequently make false allegation, but they usually claim the other politician committed unspeakable act A, B, C or D.

On all these counts, Bruce Rauner is failing. In a story ("Crimes? Rauner targets Madigan," Aug. 14), the Republican flailed in the dark against House Speaker Michael Madigan (remember, Madigan’s not running for governor). “Clearly, he’s been doing unethical things,” the one-term governor guessed.

Here’s how we know he was guessing: “I hope he’s been doing something illegal, and I hope he gets prosecuted.” In politics, this is called a distraction, blackening the other party’s reputation instead of telling us why in the world we should support you.

It’s fair to say that as a governor, Rauner must be a good venture capitalist. Did he actually think he could barge into Springfield and lord over government the way he ran his business life? Making less-powerful people bend to his will helped him amass a billion dollars, but it most certainly does not advance representative government one bit.

It’s not even clear whom Rauner is representing. The far right of the party so much as accused him of being a traitor by backing Jeanne Ives to the brink of an upset in the March primary. There's not much in the increasingly mythical center for Rauner to tap.

There is more to this campaign than Bruce Rauner blaring “corrupt, corrupt, corrupt” whenever he encounters a Democrat. There are issues: Just ask JB Pritzker.

Dick Zaker, Decatur

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