Rauner hires staffer with history of homophobic tweets

Illinois GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner’s new “body man” — the government staffer who spends long days with governor — has a history of writing racially-charged, homophobic and sexually explicit tweets.

“I’d f— her teeth straight,” said one. “To the Indian people in the library: SHUT THE F— UP!,” said another.

The Twitter account belongs to Ben Tracy, who was just hired as Rauner’s new body man, the person who travels with the governor, handles scheduling and other duties.

After another social media account started flagging the tweets, Tracy’s account was put into a private, protected mode.

But POLITICO obtained screen grabs of Tracy’s tweets, some dating back to 2013.

He repeatedly used the word “faggot” and in one, says “I bet you liked that #fag,” responding to someone who Tweeted: “saying insanity bent me over and raped me would be an understatement.”

Tracy did not respond to a request for comment.

Earlier today, POLITICO asked Rauner’s office about the new hiring and shared examples of the social media content with the communications office.

Reached by phone, Laurel Patrick, Director of Communications, said the office would look into it immediately.

Tracy’s hiring comes after Rauner cleaned house last week — firing a series of top aides, including his chief of staff and deputies last week in the wake of a veto override.

Several former staffers told POLITICO that a slew of resignations that followed the firings was due to Rauner’s heavy reliance on a hardline conservative think tank, the Illinois Policy Institute.

The resignations continued today, including an official who once held a critical policy role in the administration, the office’s digital staff and the Washington D.C. liaison to the governor’s office.


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