Most politicians would see a $50 million deposit into a campaign fund as a threat, but Gov. Bruce Rauner has a different interpretation of his contribution to his re-election bid, saying it’s about encouraging “bipartisan compromise.”
“I am focused on fundamentally changing the trajectory of our state. The system is broken, we’ve been going down a bad road for a long time. What I am advocating is bipartisan compromise to get solutions,” Rauner said Monday.
Interrupted and asked how $50 million encourages bipartisan compromise, Rauner said: “We need to be a two-party state. Politics, democracy doesn’t work on a one-party basis. We were a one-party state for a long time, it almost bankrupted us.
“Two thirds of the elections for the General Assembly, there was no opponent. That doesn’t work,” he said at a breakfast event Monday morning. “Voters, whether you are a Democrat or a Republican, you deserve competition for your vote, you deserve alternative and competing ideas and recommendations so then you have a choice. People in Illinois don’t have choices, and I am an advocate for competition and alternatives.”