Bruce Rauner has scrapped plans to take donors on a dove hunt.
The Republican governor candidate had initially invited contributors pledging $10,000 the chance to join him for some dove-shooting action at the Dundee Township-based Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation, where he held a funder Thursday night.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn's campaign was distributing the initial invite—which Team Rauner had ultimately modified to remove any dove-related activity—in an effort to cast the wealthy venture capitalist as out of step with the average Illinois voter following Rauner's bombshell minimum wage remarks.
"It looks like Mr. Rauner cancelled his $10,000-a-head private dove hunt out of concern that it would make him look out of touch. Too late," Quinn spokesperson Brooke Anderson told the paper.
Striking back, Rauner rep Mike Schrimpf countered that Quinn had previously voiced support for hunters and said he's "not sure why he is now against hunting."
Rauner's campaign decided to scrap the dove hunt about a month ago, says Schrimpf, declining to shed further insight on what led to the decision.
Smart move. Imagine the bad press that would result.