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Rauner keeps support of Harold

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018  |  Article  |  By RFD Radio/WFMB

Adoption (30) , Attorney General (6) , Rauner, Bruce

SPRINGFIELD – Republican Attorney General Candidate Erika Harold is fighting off allegations that as a beauty pageant contestant she told an interview panel that she would pick a home for foster children with known heterosexual child abusers over placing the kids in a home with a loving gay couple.

Harold said she can’t remember answering the question in 2000. NBC 5 Chicago reported it has three people who remember her answer.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner recently donated $350,000 to her campaign and told reporters he supports gay adoption and Harold.

“I’ve told you about my view of Erika Harold,” Rauner said. “I think she’s an outstanding person of great talent, integrity and goodwill. I think rumor or political hit jobs or whatever. I don’t know the background of that circumstance. I can’t really comment on that.”

Rauner didn’t directly address questions about whether she should step out of the race. Harold’s campaign said her current stance is supportive of same sex couples adopting children and being foster care parents.