* Former Gov. Jim Edgar will campaign with Bruce Rauner today in Bloomington, Springfield, Moline, Rockford and Lincolnshire. The Quinn campaign is attempting to tamp down some of Edgar’s impact…
Top 4 Jim Edgar Quotes on Out-of-Touch Billionaire Bruce Rauner
Quinn for Illinois Responds
CHICAGO - As former Republican Gov. Jim Edgar joins Bruce Rauner on the campaign trail today, the people of Illinois were reminded of how Edgar really views out-of-touch billionaire Bruce Rauner’s candidacy.
This spring, Edgar correctly criticized Rauner’s campaign as divisive and one that was designed to appeal only to top-tiered income getters. Here’s our top 4 favorite quotes from Edgar about Rauner
1. “Governor to a bunch of rich Republicans”
Edgar stated: “If you’re governor for the state of Illinois, you’re governor for everybody. You just can’t be governor to a bunch of rich Republicans,” and time has borne these warnings out.
Confirming Edgar’s concerns, Rauner’s campaign platform has included lowering the minimum wage, giving impassioned defenses of outsourcing American jobs and a very unfair tax plan that would blow a hole in the budget, slashing education for working families while increasing the burden onto the backs of the middle class to give the wealthy tax breaks.
2. “We cannot afford a governor who has to learn on the job”
Edgar also questioned Rauner’s experience to be governor - experience that later was revealed to include outsourcing jobs overseas, laying-off workers and irresponsibly slashing care at hi nursing homes. Edgar said: “We cannot afford a governor who has to learn on the job.”
3. Rauner will “divide the state”
Edgar cautioned against Rauner’s hostility toward workers by noting Illinois can’t afford a leader that will “divide the state.”
4. One Reason Rauner is a Contender in Governor’s Race: “Money”
Edgar also noted - in a single word - the single reason Rauner was in this race to begin with: “Money.”
Below is the response of Quinn for Illinois Deputy Press Secretary Izabela Milkto:
“Governor Edgar had it right when he made clear that billionaire Bruce Rauner would be a candidate who would put the interests of the wealthy like him over the interests of the rest of Illinois.
“Mr. Rauner proposes lowering the minimum wage, defends shipping jobs overseas and has put forth a tax plan that gives himself a $1 million tax break while transferring the burden onto the backs of working Illinois families.
“As Governor Edgar made clear earlier this year, Rauner can’t be trusted to look out for working families. We wholeheartedly agree.”
And they have a video…
You can bet that the Edgar appearance will be a net plus for Rauner, despite Quinn’s attempts to make it a negative.