LIVE session coverage...
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Rauner targets 7 House districts with anti-tax robocalls

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

* From a press release…

Gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner today released automated calls to voters in six key state legislative districts where the General Assembly’s vote on making Pat Quinn’s state income tax increase permanent could be decided.

“Pat Quinn thinks you don’t pay enough in taxes – but I disagree,” Rauner says in the calls. “There’s still time to help me fight Pat Quinn’s tax increase – and to let State Representative Deb Conroy know you want her to protect you from higher income taxes.”

The calls come one day after media reported that Quinn and House Speaker Michael Madigan convened a secret backroom meeting with Democratic lawmakers to pressure them to vote for Quinn’s tax hike. Reports indicate the meeting did not go well for Quinn with lawmakers rejecting the governor’s false choice between raising taxes and funding education.

Rauner encouraged voters to stand against Pat Quinn’s tax increase proposal and ensure State Representatives Deb Conroy (LD 46), Marty Moylan (LD 55), Carol Sente (LD 59), Sam Yingling (LD 62), Mike Smiddy (LD 71), Kate Cloonen (LD 79), and Sue Scherer (LD 96) vote against it if Madigan calls a vote.

That’s seven, not six, as the press release says.

And I know Rauner is unfamiliar with the Statehouse, but room 114 isn’t a “backroom.” It’s a hearing room.

* The robocall

* Script…

Hello, this is Bruce Rauner. Yesterday, Governor Pat Quinn and Mike Madigan held a secret backroom meeting with State Representatives, pressuring them to raise your income taxes. Pat Quinn thinks you don’t pay enough in taxes – but I disagree. There’s still time to help me fight Pat Quinn’s tax increase – and to let State Representative [insert name] know you want [him/her] to protect you from higher income taxes. If you oppose higher income taxes and want to get more involved in my campaign, call me at 312-583-0704. Paid for by Citizens for Rauner, Inc

If you call the number, you’re asked to “dial zero” for an operator. I did so and was put on hold and then transferred into a voicemail account for volunteers.

Usually, these sorts of robocalls offer to connect you to your legislators. So Rauner’s calls aren’t interactive in the traditional sense.

…Adding… If Rauner really wanted to have an impact on the vote itself, he wouldn’t target most of those folks listed above. They’re already solid “No” votes on a tax hike extension. Instead, he’d go after Democrats who aren’t quite decided, or are staying mum.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


30 Comments
  1. - Demoralized - Tuesday, May 20, 14 @ 2:00 pm:

    ==convened a secret backroom meeting with Democratic lawmakers==

    AKA a caucus meeting.

    Also, it wasn’t much of a secret.


  2. - Almost the Weekend - Tuesday, May 20, 14 @ 2:03 pm:

    So it’s not Rauner’s job to put forth a plan for the budget, but he can bombard house districts with automated telephone calls opposing the income tax hike.

    The campaign’s response of Pat Quinn, Mike Madigan, and John Cullerton are in charge.. basically just went out the window. Rauner campaign doesn’t seem to be coordinating too well.


  3. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, May 20, 14 @ 2:08 pm:

    Six, seven, whatever it takes.

    I’m confused. I thought Rauner wanted to know “weaknesses and fears” before leveraging the Mushrooms. This is all wrong, first they can’t count to 7, now they want to put horses’ heads in beds before at least having dinner.

    How exciting too, that will make working with the GA Rauner may inherit very welcoming and a long honeymoon to boot.


  4. - Arthur Andersen - Tuesday, May 20, 14 @ 2:10 pm:

    Technologically, this bit is about as effective as the “855-PAT-TIPS” corruption hotline that also dumped callers into voicemail. With their budget, one would think the execution would be better.


  5. - Norseman - Tuesday, May 20, 14 @ 2:20 pm:

    Picky, picky, so the campaign can’t count; doesn’t know where Room 114 is; and, doesn’t implement stunts very well, what do you expect from a campaign this flush!


  6. - A guy... - Tuesday, May 20, 14 @ 2:44 pm:

    These 7 are solid “No votes”. They’re about to get more solid and feel better about it. There’s at least one of them who might have needed this. The big internal fight will be among the rest who have to take this vote while this crew gets a pass.
    I understand the strategy of having the person get connected directly to the legislator, but that’s where you lose control of the call and the count. This is providing key data, like most of his other calls. When you’re looking through Dem Districts or Dem leaning districts for “your potentials”, this helps identify them. Could be very helpful to the opponents of these 7 too. The rest of the criticism is a little picayune. He’s getting what he needs out of this. Not to worry. Look for the waverers to get similar more targeted treatment soon. Or get lambasted after they vote.


  7. - Michelle Flaherty - Tuesday, May 20, 14 @ 2:48 pm:

    With counting skills like that he truly is qualified to be governor.


  8. - Shark Sandwich - Tuesday, May 20, 14 @ 2:53 pm:

    **Also, it wasn’t much of a secret.**

    It wasn’t open to the public, or m(any?) reporters..


  9. - wordslinger - Tuesday, May 20, 14 @ 2:54 pm:

    I’m sad I didn’t get in on this robocall scam. Politicians will still pay money for it.

    It’s amazing to me that anyone can think that annoying people who don’t screen landlines with a recorded voice is effective marketing in 2014.

    Maybe I’ll start Wordslinger’s Real Good Carrier Pigeon Messaging.


  10. - CircularFiringSquad - Tuesday, May 20, 14 @ 2:54 pm:

    Come on Capt Fax
    ShakeyMitt “NoBodyPerfect” Rauner is trying (poorly) to stay in the race.
    Give him a chance to mishmash through robocalls
    to people already voting no
    Sheer genius


  11. - VanillaMan - Tuesday, May 20, 14 @ 2:55 pm:

    Rauner is tapping into the mistrust Illinoisans have towards their current government leaders. Considering how this entire income tax issue has been handled, Madigan and Quinn has made it very easy for Rauner to write this script.


  12. - Demoralized - Tuesday, May 20, 14 @ 2:59 pm:

    ==It wasn’t open to the public==

    Caucus meetings aren’t. C’mon. This isn’t anything new. Sheesh.


  13. - Obamas Puppy - Tuesday, May 20, 14 @ 2:59 pm:

    Good to know that Rauner will have all his meeting with House repub caucus in the middle of the rotunda. It just sounds better saying back room, facts be damned.


  14. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, May 20, 14 @ 3:11 pm:

    ===This is providing key data, like most of his other calls. When you’re looking through Dem Districts or Dem leaning districts for “your potentials”, this helps identify them. Could be very helpful to the opponents of these 7 too===

    “Call me, Maybe?” - Raunerite style! lol

    Tons of things now make perfect sense;

    Pat Brady supporting Bruce Rauner, and Brady will spearhead “Call WE! Maybe?”

    Jack Dorgan was replaced because Pat Brady told Rauner about the missing Frozen Strawberries…

    Thanks - A Guy… -, now I know how the Rauner GOTV will go.

    “Call We, Maybe?”


  15. - Shark Sandwich - Tuesday, May 20, 14 @ 3:23 pm:

    “Caucus meetings aren’t.”

    Yup. ‘Secret’.


  16. - A guy... - Tuesday, May 20, 14 @ 3:44 pm:

    === Oswego Willy - Tuesday, May 20, 14 @ 3:11 pm:

    ===This is providing key data, like most of his other calls. When you’re looking through Dem Districts or Dem leaning districts for “your potentials”, this helps identify them. Could be very helpful to the opponents of these 7 too===

    “Call me, Maybe?” - Raunerite style! lol

    Tons of things now make perfect sense;

    Pat Brady supporting Bruce Rauner, and Brady will spearhead “Call WE! Maybe?”

    Jack Dorgan was replaced because Pat Brady told Rauner about the missing Frozen Strawberries…

    Thanks - A Guy… -, now I know how the Rauner GOTV will go.

    “Call We, Maybe?”====

    Kinda hard for me to ferret out a point to your blabber here dude. Just keep calling me a Dope. And then after the polls close, keep pointing out what you thought was supposed to happen. But didn’t. Clever by half you are buddy. Yep.


  17. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, May 20, 14 @ 3:51 pm:

    - A Guy… -,

    It really was a mocking, for a different audience, on far different issues. If you don’t see the humor, I can’t help ya.

    “Let’s make phone calls!”


  18. - Walker - Tuesday, May 20, 14 @ 3:55 pm:

    Shark: Political party caucus meetings are almost always for members only.

    Would you demand the press/public be at all Rebublican Party caucus meetings, or at Rauner’s campaign strategy meetings?

    Part of out American system of government, and has been for ever.


  19. - Arthur Andersen - Tuesday, May 20, 14 @ 4:04 pm:

    They just needed the right Con$ulting Firm….


  20. - Bill White - Tuesday, May 20, 14 @ 4:11 pm:

    If these seven Democrats vote “No” will Bruce Rauner stand with them in November?


  21. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, May 20, 14 @ 4:20 pm:

    ===If these seven Democrats vote “No” will Bruce Rauner stand with them in November?===

    Being a Raunerite dictates that;

    It’s not Democrat or Republican, it’s Raunerite, via a Tom Hagen “charm”

    - AA -, again, “My Bad”. Can you set up one more meeting, I will stay silent, eat Cannoli, and have you “close”…


  22. - LincolnLounger - Tuesday, May 20, 14 @ 4:23 pm:

    Say what you want, but I think this is effective as toxic as the numbers are for tax increases in this environment. I don’t know what he has to lose by reinforcing these (allegedly) solid NO votes.

    Most of this stuff — what kind of room, how many, closed caucus, etc., is insider baseball and fun for us to pick apart. The average voter won’t care.

    God knows I am not a Rauner fan, but the only thing I would criticize is that I do think they should have done the robocalls that connected people to their legislators. Whether they took advantage or not, it would have made people feel a part of the process.


  23. - Commander Norton - Tuesday, May 20, 14 @ 4:39 pm:

    The script isn’t just misleading; it’s flat inaccurate. Quinn thinks you pay enough in income taxes. He won’t think you’re paying enough come January 1 if the rates are allowed to expire.


  24. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Tuesday, May 20, 14 @ 5:35 pm:

    As I said a couple of days ago: the whole African Americans for Rauner is a head fake.

    this is another clear sign of where the battleground is.


  25. - wordslinger - Tuesday, May 20, 14 @ 5:39 pm:

    Rauner’s not out to do anything, except get elected. He just wants the gig, or thinks he does, anyway.

    It gnaws at him that he scored so big, gave away so much money, and no one knows who he is. Until he blew six million in the primary to barely beat Dillard, he was a stranger at a family reunion.

    When you get to be his age and have that much cash, it’s all about filling in the clause of the first sentence of the obit: “Bruce Rauner, xxxxxxx, died yesterday.”

    “Former governor of Illinois” fills that obit clause better than “run-of-the-mill pay-to-play hustler.”


  26. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, May 20, 14 @ 5:53 pm:

    - wordslinger -,

    The more I see that Comment in the last fed weeks, the more I have warned up to the truth of it more and more, and back away from the Campaign reality of what is going on.

    Rauner wants to win. Win. To be Governor. There must be some sort of acknowledgement Rauner is missing. Rauner is willing to deny all he is, to be seen and liked. Almost “love me, know me”, but under his terms, and for the reward of titles and accolades.

    Charles Foster Kane.

    There are Kane Campaign quotes that are eerie when comparing Rauner to them and Rauner quotes.

    It’s the title, not the job? It’s the office not the work?

    You were On It first, - wordslinger -, I am late to this. I saw the Charles Foster Kane for comparison, I just never saw it as the Primer.


  27. - wordslinger - Tuesday, May 20, 14 @ 6:20 pm:

    YDD, otherwise, what’s the point?

    Take a guy like Bloomberg (not to say that Rauner is in the same neighborhood as Bloomberg when it comes to money, because he’s not).

    Why did he run for mayor of New York, with $27 billion in the bank?

    Bloomberg didn’t want his obit clause to be “, financial reporting pioneer,” he wanted it to be “long-time mayor of New York.”

    Hell, yeah. Not many of those.

    That way, you live forever with street and building names, and in the history books.

    If you’re a private equity guy like Rauner, it’s dust-to-dust, like the rest of us, no matter how much you banked. No one will ever remember who you were.

    If Rauner is elected, don’t expect anything revolutionary. He’ll play ball with whoever’s around. He’s been doing it his whole business career.

    Given how he goes whichever way the wind blows, I’m sure, if elected, Rauner will play ball with everyone.


  28. - Bill White - Tuesday, May 20, 14 @ 8:40 pm:

    Oh joy, just what we need, Governor Ozymandias.


  29. - Precinct Captain - Tuesday, May 20, 14 @ 11:03 pm:

    ==That’s seven, not six, as the press release says.==

    This is an amateur mistake, but according to a comment on another thread, Rauner isn’t where he is today because he makes mistakes like an amateur! LOL, some numbers guy!


  30. - Pot calling kettle - Wednesday, May 21, 14 @ 12:43 am:

    The message is complete BS: It was not a secret (they held a press conference afterwards); it was not a back room; it is not a tax increase (it’s keeping it the same).

    All that said, it indicates that Rauner understands that reality is whatever you can sell to the uninformed voter, which is, unfortunately, most of them. The RoboCall message is actually an indication of how Rauner views the citizens of our state.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* *** UPDATED x3 *** Quick stopgap budget roundup
* *** UPDATED x1 - Video *** Comptroller Munger to "reassess" lawmaker pay delay
* Silver: Trump is gonna get trounced in Illinois
* K-12 preliminary analysis
* What's in the BIMP?
* More heroin/Fentanyl deaths than traffic fatalities
* BGA takes a look at an anti-union group
* What's at stake today
* Question of the day
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Supplement to today’s edition
* *** LIVE *** Session Coverage
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

  
* 'BOSEbuild Speaker Cube' Teaches Kids How to Build Their Own Bluetooth Speaker
* [TA Deals] Elevate your IT security skills with this course
* Vivo X7 and X7 Plus enter the scene with slim profiles, big batteries, 16MP front cams
* Sony plans to ‘contract’ its US mobile business, maximize European sales
* Facebook Adds Raft of Chatbot-Enhancing Features to Messenger Platform
* Microsoft confirms Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update will start to roll out August 2
* Pledge $270 or more (for limited time) on Kickstarter, and the NuAns NEO can be yours worldwide

* White Sox ACE product Ray on to big things
* All-Star Ballot end sets up Tuesday intrigue
* South Side Sox LIVE!: Hello, Matt Davidson ...and good-bye?
* Shuck N thrive: No. 9 hitter lifts White Sox over Twins
* Davidson fractures foot in anticipated return to Majors
* Anderson displays development, all-around game
* White Sox 6, Twins 5: Shuck yeah!

...............


Main Menu
Home
Illinois
YouTube
Pundit rankings
Obama
Subscriber Content
Durbin
Burris
Blagojevich Trial
Advertising
Updated Posts
Polls

Archives
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005

Syndication

RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0
WordPress

Loading


* Illinois Gov. Rauner signs stopgap budget, educ.....
* Deal excludes new revenue, to many lawmakers' d.....
* ILLINOIS budget now means election war – An ‘OR.....
* Rauner signs bill extending medical marijuana p.....
* ILLINOIS budget now means election war – An 'OR.....
* Editorial: Now let’s see teachers union share i.....
* Morning Spin: Rauner ‘turnaround agenda’ isn’t .....
* Rauner signs stopgap budget — but he and Madiga.....
* Illinois General Assembly approves stopgap budg.....
* Morning Spin: Rauner 'turnaround agenda' isn't .....


* Attention turns to court in Illinois remap ballot question
* Judge declares mistrial in murder trial after witness shot
* Illinois jury awards 12-year-old $53M in birth injury case
* Attorneys due in court over Illinois redistricting lawsuit
* Judge hopes to name Van Dyke special prosecutor by August
* Gun shop raffling AR-15 rifle to benefit Orlando victims
* The latest: Illinois lawmakers begin advancing budget deal
* The latest: Illinois House approves 1st parts of budget deal
* Dynegy plans to shutter 1 unit at Baldwin plant by October
* Illinois governor, lawmakers nearing budget deal

* Lawmakers approve stopgap spending deal, Rauner signs it
* Rauner signs bill extending medical marijuana program
* Gov. Rauner attends State Museum reopening ceremony, thanks staff
* Rauner attends State Museum reopening ceremony, thanks staff
* State spending deal OK'd, Rauner signs it
* Illinois House and Senate OK stopgap spending deal
* Recap: Thursday's budget votes at the Illinois Capitol
* Illinois House OKs stopgap spending deal, sends to Senate
* Illinois lawmakers begin voting on stopgap spending deal
* House committee approves some budget bills; members in meetings to hear details

* The good news and the bad news on that stopgap state budget
* How Emanuel still could come out ahead after losing the Lucas Museum
* Emanuel says Chicago schools will open on time this fall
* Why we should be excited about Obama library architects pick
* Preckwinkle warns of $174 million Cook County budget hole


* Person found shot to death in Englewood
* ‘Eat That Question’ tells Frank Zappa’s story in his own words
* Obama guidance, press schedule July 1, 2016. Zika virus briefing
* Man wounded in Austin shooting
* Two shot in Park Manor
* Police: 1 killed, 1 wounded in West Chatham shooting
* Why Schwarber won’t be traded and what it means for Cubs’ bullpen
* Man shot, critically wounded in Portage Park
* Man wounded in Lawndale drive-by shooting
* Union to strike against Trump Taj Mahal casino


* Conviction vacated, new trial granted for Adnan Syed of 'Serial'
* Judge blocks Indiana genetic abnormality abortion law
* Syria's refugee children have lost all hope
* Durbin sees 'appearance of impropriety' as Obama associates pursue for-profit university deal
* Young couple convicted in Bali suitcase murder break up
* Kris Bryant's HR vaults Cubs to 2-0 lead in 4th
* Judge still mulling who to appoint to prosecute cop in Laquan McDonald killing
* Vernon Hills man charged with sexually assaulting teen he met on Facebook
* Judge threatens city of Chicago over failure to turn over documents
* Mayor Emanuel says Chicago schools will open on time this fall


* Lawmakers approve stopgap spending deal, Rauner signs it
* Rauner signs bill extending medical marijuana program
* Gov. Rauner attends State Museum reopening ceremony, thanks staff
* Our View: Stopgap was necessary, but not cause for celebration
* Rauner attends State Museum reopening ceremony, thanks staff
* Ann McFeatters: Clinton won't pick risky Warren as running mate
* State spending deal OK'd, Rauner signs it
* Illinois House and Senate OK stopgap spending deal
* Recap: Thursday's budget votes at the Illinois Capitol
* Illinois House OKs stopgap spending deal, sends to Senate


* No big deal
* Wall asks us to remember who served
* Deal excludes new revenue, to many lawmakers' dismay
* Top 50 Illini Football Players of 2016: No. 34, Tito Odenigbo
* Religion calendar, July 1-8, 2016
* Enriching lives for years to come
* Top 50 College Football Teams of 2016: No. 34, Penn State
* This day in history, July 1, 2016
* 'A hobby that kind of went wrong'
* Area history, July 1, 2016


* Charges expected today for man who triggered evacuation in Wauconda
* The Latest: Few points played before rain comes to Wimbledon
* No room for egos as France plays Euro 2016 underdog Iceland
* Dawn Patrol: Wauconda police evacuate neighborhood
* Budget deal has social agencies, colleges relieved by cautious

* House lawmakers overcome hurdle on key tra...
* Rodney Davis talks funding with Bloomingto...
* The agency that fought Illiana gets a new ...
* Rep. Dold takes educational cruise down Ch...
* Lawmakers decry high turnover rate of VA h...
* CBD Oil, and politics
* Simon considering state Senate bid
* Killer Congressman Tom MacArthur trying to...
* Shutdown? State may not notice
* Rep. Bob Dold

* Will County getting federal funding to imp......

* The Download with Justin Kaufmann Live Blo......

* Advice To Team Obama: Keep FDIC's Bair
* Surprise! This Bank Refuses Fed Bailout
* Cuban's Cub Pitch Hammered By SEC
* Week In Review; Rob Feder Interview
* Congress Takes Aim At Griffin's Citadel
* Get Out And Vote....
* Economy's 'Dr. Doom' Makes Heroic Call
* Bonus Time: You Give, Wall St. Takes
* Let's Rescue "The Bank of You and Me"
* Sound the Alarm! Bank Buying Ahead


* Emergency Management Officials, National Weather Service Encourage Winter Preparedness - November is Winter Weather Preparedness Month in Illinois
* Keep Your Family Safe This Winter - November through February are leading months for carbon monoxide related incidents
* Governor Takes Bill Action
* Illinois Department of Labor Director Hugo Chaviano Awards Governor’s Award for Contributions in Health and Safety to the Illinois Refining Division of Marathon Petroleum Company LP
* State Regulator Elected Treasurer of Interstate Medical Licensure Compact




Hosted by MCS -- CapitolFax.com Privacy Policy -- SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax -- Advertise Here -- Mobile Version -- Contact Rich Miller