‘Lifelong Democrat’ in Rauner ad voted in four GOP primaries

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Gov. Bruce Rauner’s campaign has a new commercial featuring a woman who says she is a “lifelong Democrat,” but Cook County records show she voted in GOP primaries in 2000, 2012, 2014 and 2018.

Anne Wedner, who is shown in the 30-second ad with the words “Lifelong Democrat” appearing on the screen, also founded Kent Road Strategies, based in Winnetka, where she lives and is on the village council. The Rauner campaign last year paid the firm $50,000 for strategy consulting.

Rauner’s main home, other than the Governor’s Mansion, is in Winnetka.

“It’s possible for a lifelong Democrat to make the best decisions for the state of Illinois,” said Will Allison of the Rauner campaign. “Anne has voted in a few primaries where candidates have been more important than party, and that’s her message in the ad.”

According to a U.S. State Department website, Wedner is a commissioner of the United States Commission on Public Diplomacy, and a board member of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

A biography on the site says she founded Kent Road Strategies as a firm “which leverages her political organization, fundraising and Foreign Service policy experience for selected political campaigns and policy organizations.”

She is a graduate of Harvard College and also the Fletcher School at Tufts University — a graduate school of international affairs — and early in her career she was in the Foreign Service in Paris and Caracas.

She was also a national finance committee member for Obama for America and played a key role in former Democratic President Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate campaign, the biography says. It also says she has advised Democratic and Republican candidates on policies and campaigns.

In the Rauner ad, Wedner tells viewers she is a lifelong Democrat who in 1972, “went door to door with my mom to support the Equal Rights Amendment. Today, I’m not happy with Washington, but I’m also heartbroken about Illinois. We have to fix our financial problems, and Bruce Rauner is the only candidate with the courage to do it. Yes, Rauner is a Republican and I’m a Democrat, but this isn’t about party politics. This is about saving our state.”

In two of the years Wedner took Republican primary ballots — 2014 and 2018 — Rauner was running for governor. The Cook County records also show she voted in seven Democratic primaries since 1998, including in 2016.

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September 25, 2018 at 02:06PM

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