Republicans obviously thought to themselves, “That Mitt Romney was such a hit with the common people. He was so down to earth, so relatable.Let’s nominate us one of those.”
There’s the 6,870-square-foot Rauner mansion on a half-acre lot in Winnetka; two units, including a penthouse, in a luxury high-rise overlooking Millennium Park; a waterfront villa in the Florida Keys with a 72-foot-long pool; ranches in Montana and Wyoming; and a condo in an upscale Utah ski resort.
Most carry price tags well into the seven figures. But topping the list is a penthouse in a landmark co-op building along New York’s Central Park, which property records show Rauner bought in 2005 for $10 million.
Rauner has amassed a larger stable of high-end residences than Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee whose plentiful and opulent homes lent ammunition to foes who portrayed him as an out-of-touch elitist.
“I’m very thoughtful and disciplined with my money,” Rauner said in an interview Friday, adding he doesn’t like to “spend frivolously or for big consumption.”
He said he looks for value in things like art, land and buildings that can appreciate over time.
“I like to spend money on investments,” he said. “If I think it’s beautiful; if I can hunt on it.”
Now, there’s nothing inherently wrong with having a shitload of money (though there is something wrong with using it for union-busting). But having seen the results of the 2012 presidential elections is it really the smartest move strategically to nominate a fellow whose idea of a smart purchase is land he can hunt on?
Remember, John Kerry was unfit for the presidency because he windsurfed.