* Sometimes, trying too hard to stay on message can complicate matters when reporters want to ask about different stuff…
Rauner earlier this week said on a Chicago radio show that high-speed rail is not a priority for Illinois. Asked about high-speed rail Thursday, Rauner initially avoided the questions.
“I have not studied high-speed rail issues,” he said. “I cannot comment on that.”
Reminded of his comments on the radio, Rauner said, “There are many priorities. I don’t think that’s one of the top few.”
He said the state needs to invest in all of its infrastructure to remain competitive.
So, he said he doesn’t like high-speed rail, but he hasn’t studied it so he can’t comment on it, but the state needs to invest in infrastructure to remain competitive.
Got all that?
* He also indicated that maybe he wasn’t as eager to “bulldoze Springfield” as his ads suggest…
He has been staking out the position of being an “outsider” who is going to “shake up Springfield.” After remarks to a Springfield Republican luncheon Thursday, he was more conciliatory toward one of the other thirds of state government.
“I’m excited to transform the government. I need to work with the legislature. I need to understand them. I’ve spent a lot of time getting to know the legislative leaders over the last couple of years,” Rauner said. “I’m going to get to know every member of the legislature,” he continued. “I am going to find ways to get legislation passed.”