* Rick Pearson’s story on the unveiling of Bruce Rauner’s new running mate is an absolute must-read. On Rauner’s refusal to say where he stood on the proposed ADM tax break…
While comfortable ripping the governor for a “lack of leadership,” Rauner acknowledged he didn’t know enough about the Decatur-based agribusiness giant’s tax break request to say whether he would approve it. […]
Rauner’s response marked the latest case in which he has declined to state his position on an issue. He repeatedly has refused to express his position on same-sex marriage. He’s even dodged saying whether the state should have a mandatory helmet law after his campaign helped facilitate media coverage as he rode his motorcycle to Republican Day at the Illinois State Fair.
Rauner has become the king of the dodge, so it’s only right that this be shared with voters.
* On Evelyn Sanguinetti, the new LG candidate…
Sanguinetti was an assistant attorney general handling workplace discrimination and wage issues under former Republican Attorney General Jim Ryan. While in the job, she said, “from a distance, though, I saw the corruption. I saw the insider dealings. I saw the special-interest back-scratching. It shocked me.”
But Sanguinetti did not say whether she reported any instances of corruption to her bosses or authorities.
Man, what a great follow-up question that was. My hat’s off to Pearson.
The only question I didn’t see asked was how Rauner’s choice was the “perfect” person to take over as governor should (God forbid) something happen to him. But, nobody has asked that question about any of the running mates so far, so whatever.
And, just to be clear, when I say we need more stories like this, I mean stories on all the candidates, not just Rauner.
* Now, compare Pearson’s piece to the milquetoast Chicago AP report…
“I’m sure a 4-foot-11 Latina with an Italian last name and three small children is certainly not what the career politicians out in Springfield expected,” she told reporters in downtown Chicago. “My journey has not been the usual journey. It certainly hasn’t been typical, but I can tell you this: It’s been very American.”
The daughter of immigrants from Cuba and Ecuador was born in Florida and studied music at Florida International University. She works at a private downtown Chicago firm and teaches at The John Marshall Law School, where she earned a degree in 1998.
“She has the tenacity, the guts to take on the special interest groups in Springfield,” Rauner said.
* Unlike Pearson, the Sun-Times zoomed out, but it was still a decent piece…
Judging by their running-mate picks, the four Illinois Republican candidates for governor recognize their party needs an image makeover.
While there are four white males competing in the Republican primary, each has chosen either a woman or a minority as his choice for lieutenant governor in the GOP quest to take control of the governor’s mansion. […]
Republicans nationally are aware they suffer from an image problem, namely that their proverbial tent is too small. In last year’s general election, Democrats won the majority of women and minority voters — particularly Hispanics and African Americans.
The trends were no different in Illinois, said Dick Simpson, professor of political science at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
“There is no fundamental difference,” Simpson said. “They’re seen as a white-only party. They’ve been losing the women’s vote in Illinois just like in the nation. They’ve particularly lost the Latino vote. The women’s vote has been going to the Democrats for some time.”