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Bruce Rauner Orders Hot Dogs Like an Amateur—With Ketchup

The GOP governor candidate makes an unholy mistake at Portillo's.

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    CHICAGO - JUNE 4: A Vienna Beef hot dog is prepared "Chicago style" at the company's retail store June 4, 2005 in Chicago, Illinois. Vienna Beef recently signed a deal with Target Corp. to sell the company's hot dogs at its 1,350 Target store food courts and packaged for retail in the 1,000 Target stores that sell groceries. The deal will mark the first time the Chicago-produced hot dogs have been available nationwide in the company's 100+ year history. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

    Everyone knows that you don't squirt ketchup on a hot dog in a mustard state. Everyone except Bruce Rauner, that is.

    Republican governor candidate broke Illinoisians' holy standard of hot dog-ordering on Tuesday when he asked Portillo's to dress up a dog with the overrated tomato condiment rather than the traditional (and far superior) yellow mustard.

    That's a big no-no. Turns out the offending dog was meant for one of his staffers, but by the time Team Rauner clarified the incident, it was too late: News of the Winnetka venture capitalist's mistake had swiftly spread across social media; on Twitter, #Raunerdog and #hotdoggate hash tags had sprung up. The Daily Herald posted the video evidence. The damage was done.

    Moving to throw water on the controversy, Rauner press secretary Lyndsey Walters accepted blame.

    Gov. Pat Quinn, neck-in-neck with Rauner in a bitter race to hold on to his Springfield seat, addressed Hot Dog-Gate in a perfect tweet. (Bruce, you might win election next week, but you'll never live this down. Ever.)

    Who's hungry?