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'Too rich to be governor?' Illinois governor candidates turn to question of personal wealth


CHICAGO — The Illinois governor's race has turned to the question of whether a candidate's personal wealth should be a qualifying factor in holding public office.

Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Paul Vallas was asked Thursday if he believed Republican Bruce Rauner (ROW-nur) was "too rich to be governor." He eventually answered "yes."

Rauner spokesman Mike Schrimpf scoffed at Vallas' contention. He says he wasn't aware a person's income level was a direct qualification for office.

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn's campaign has tried to paint Rauner as out-of-touch with working class voters in the hotly contested race, but has stopped short of saying directly it is because he is too wealthy.

Rauner calls Quinn a career politician whose policies hurt business. The multimillionaire has touted his business acumen as a venture capitalist.

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