It's rumor no more: The wealthy businessman Bruce Rauner has officially announced he will run for governor of Illinois in 2014.
The 57-year-old shared the news Wednesday morning via Twitter:
— Bruce Rauner (@BruceRauner) June 5, 2013
Rauner did not hold a press conference, instead narrating a nearly three-minute video on his website that was heavy on rhetoric but light on specifics as to how the would-be governor plans to tackle the state's daunting issues like political corruption and the pension crisis.
"Springfield is broken," Rauner says in the video's voiceover. "The only thing Springfield under-does is education." Rauner sits on the board of directors for the Noble Network of Charter Schools.
Instead, the candidate plans to do a series of short interviews Wednesday, the Tribune reports.
The Winnetka has styled himself as a Springfield outsider and successful businessman; as the Sun-Times reports, Rauner is "building a narrative as a self-made millionaire...who can get the state out of the mess its in because he wasn’t part of creating it."
Though a rookie at politics, Rauner has plenty of practice in raising campaign cash. The Associated Press reports the first-time office seeker brought in $1.3 million in the first month after forming his exploratory committee, including a $249,000 personal contribution.
Rauner's announcement trails another GOP rival's by just days; State Treasurer Dan Rutherford threw his hat in the ring on June 3rd.
Yet another candidate could jump into race next week when former White House Chief of Staff William Daley is expected to announce whether or not he'll run.