A southern Illinois speech meant to build public support for Gov. Bruce Rauner’s legislative agenda amid a budget impasse with majority Democratic lawmakers instead turned into a test of the first-term Republican’s ability to stay on message, as he faced a flurry of taunts from union protesters.
Sign-carrying members of the International Brotherhood of Electric Workers Local 309 in Collinsville and the Caseyville-based Steamfitters Local 439 repeatedly interrupted Rauner’s nine-minute pitch at Eckert’s Country Store and Farm. The St. Clair County rally Monday afternoon followed a similar event earlier in the day in Marion. […]
“This is going to be a rough summer,” [Rauner] told reporters after the rally, during which he repeatedly laid fault for the impasse with the “Chicago political machine,” a reference that drew the event’s loudest cheers of support. “They’ve just not negotiated in good faith. We need bipartisan compromise.”
I think this was the first time since the campaign ended that union protesters have booed the governor.
When Rauner met with reporters after the speech, he repeated a warning he’s been giving a lot lately: Get ready for “a rough summer.”
“We’ve got to get the power away from (Madigan and Cullerton). They’re not going to give it up easily, this is going to be a rough summer,” Rauner said. “We’re going to negotiate in good faith. We have been for months. We want bipartisan agreement.”
“It’s going to be a number of weeks” before a deal is made, but Rauner said he wants to avoid a state government shutdown. But he said his office is “making contingency plans” anyway since none of the budget bills the General Assembly passed have been delivered to his desk.
Rauner, when asked later about the protesters, characterized them as partisan supporters of Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan and Democratic Senate President John Cullerton.
“There are folks who, the status quo is good to them, and they’re loyal to Madigan, they’ve got a relationship there,” said Rauner. “The reality is, working families in this state are suffering. Suffering … Madigan and Cullerton aren’t for working families. They’re for the political class.”
So, six months into his administration and this new governor shows up in a part of our state that he handily won - and gets no warm audience.
Those citizens that booed him? They wouldn’t have been there if Governor Rauner knew what he was doing. Instead of battling for his budget and for his policies - he is battling people who normally don’t care to even show up at these things.
Bruce Rauner has burned down so many bridges that bind citizens he has made his work needlessly difficult. If he was smart, he would have first established governing credentials through bipartisanship and diplomacy. Even a governor who would know how to govern, would be challenged by our current situation. What Bruce Rauner showed us was that he hadn’t a clue how to be a governor, how to listen respectfully, how to build upon electoral success, or how to win friends.
Six months and this guy is already getting booed by people going out of their way to show their disapproval. What a loser.
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”
To the Post,
I’m glad Rich grabbed this specific paragraph;
===“We’ve got to get the power away from (Madigan and Cullerton). They’re not going to give it up easily, this is going to be a rough summer,” Rauner said. “We’re going to negotiate in good faith. We have been for months. We want bipartisan agreement.”===
Looking at this, questions arise, and a framing is forming beyond the obvious(?)
“We’ve got to get the power away from (Madigan and Cullerton).”
The Governor has the same power, as in equal, to the legislative branch. Like the legislature complaining about the Executive branch, the different levers used in either’s co-equal power isn’t saying one has power over the other, and further, the powers of governing are co-equal, so is Rauner saying co-equal power needs to tip away from that, and Rauner himself should have more of the equal? Hmm.
“They’re (MJM & Cullerton’s) not going to give it up easily, this is going to be a rough summer,” Rauner said.”
Is the premise then, “once I usurp power from the co-equal branch, even after co-opting the GOP GA, then the impass will end”, that’s now to appealing in the governing. The man is 1/3 of state government, poking for a deal also means toning down the rhetoric. Both parties are co-equal and no amount of belly aching or speeches will make the co-equal part go away, Summer, Fall, Winter, or Spring. This is a major disconnect to the public messaging, and the back channel negotiating.
“We’re going to negotiate in good faith. We have been for months. We want bipartisan agreement.”
Easiest to see, easiest to try to find common ground;
Shared sacrifice to agreements, but I need a win to show I didn’t conpletely cave.
The irony isn’t lost on me that the Governor says this while on a tour, on flatbeds, challenging the “corrupt”, barn storming, while then explaining like a college sophomore that he’s working on his homework in the middle of hanging out on the quad.
This paragraph IS Governor Rauner; the good, the compelling, and the warts and ugliness packaged as a way to shield his ownership to things he knows will be painful to own, at the expense of understanding shared sacrifice in governing.
This paragraph isn’t hopeful, this barn storming isn’t helpful.
Every time Republicans take a step back, Democrats take a step back, and you are so far apart now that I believe it is conceivable we will go until the first week of September, with September 7th, Labor Day.
But don’t get your hopes up that we will be done by September for sure.
Remember the advice of Admiral James Stockdale, the longest serving American POW in the Vietnam War.
It’s the Optimists who always cracked first.
So, let’s put away our day planners and dust off our wall calendars.
– Were going to negotiate in good faith. We have been for months.–
Huh? About what? Centrifuges? Plutonium enrichment?
What issues are there before state government that after “months” of good faith negotiation you can’t arrive at the makings of a deal or determine there’s no deal to be made?
From published reports, the governor didn’t meet with legislative leaders the last two months of the session. He didn’t take questions from reporters the last two weeks. He reportedly at the end of May did not know that the budget he introduced in February was out of whack by at least $3 billion.
If he really wanted a deal, he would get more personally involved in his work, like real governors do, and put a lid on the frat boys.
But he doesn’t want a deal yet. He has to run the Bad Opera for his donors before he signs the tax increase.
I worry about a guy who tells whoppers, who knows that he’s telling whoppers, who knows that you know he’s telling whoppers, yet tells them anyway.
=== Meanwhile the people wait for an adult to take charge. ===
Republicans love having it both ways. Madigan is too powerful, except when you went him to be responsible for fixing everything, breaking lawmakers arms if he has to.
Madigan learned a long time ago - the hard way - that there are very real limits to the power of the legislative branch, and he does a pretty good job of staying in his lane.
He cannot, for example, force governors to sign budgets, and even where a veto is overridden he cannot force a governor to spend.
So, why send a governor checks he will not cash?
Rauner is gonna have to find his sea legs on his own. Every governor takes time.
- From the Stateline - Tuesday, Jun 9, 15 @ 10:49 am:
== “There are folks who, the status quo is good to them, and they’re loyal to Madigan, they’ve got a relationship there,” ==
So if anyone disagrees with his agenda, the *only* possible explanation is because they’re being controlled by Madigan, and not because they have genuine policy disagreements? Does he not realize that lots of trade union members voted for him?
anon - don’t know how old you are but it was in the prime of my Grandma’s career when Congress passed the Fair Labor Standards Act in 1938, which gave us 40 hour work week, minimum wage, overtime pay, an end to child labor.
Willy and Ars, these were publicly scheduled events. Only a fool would argue that there isn’t opposition to his positions. Quick blast email and you’ve got the loyal opposition out there representing themselves with their boos. No biggie at all. In fact, it’s democracy in action. It’s nothing compared to what Quinn faced at State Fairs and other stops from folks responding to the same eblasts.
Some folks disagree. Not exactly a bulletin. On balance his cheering section won the day. But truthfully, who cares.
Dear Governor, a little free advice: here’s the press copy you should run.
“It is regrettable that a lot of good, hard-working, and decent people have been led to believe that growing Illinois economically is bad. We’re only wanting to take the measures to fix the budget hole that is here so that the hard-working people of Illinois can continue to benefit from critical government services. The Speaker and his loyal opposition seem to not realize their budgetary choices have consequences, and the ultimate harm of those consequences will hurt the people who protested me today the most, unfortunately.”
Are the superstar staffers manning the Rauner Resolution war room going to be reassigned to arrange pro-Rauner demonstrations to counter the protesters at Rauner events? Or, will they hire a contingent of fans to ride around with the Gov?
P.S. Make sure your support signs have the requisite Rauner buzzwords.
==Quick blast email and you’ve got the loyal opposition out there representing themselves with their boos.==
That is true, and it pretty thoroughly flies in the face of the idea that it’s a “travelling roadshow”.===
yeah Ars. ALL of them were local. Lived just down the road apiece. Grab me that data file on the e-blast when you get a chance. It’s always a roadshow. No shock the people who live the closest are more inclined to show up. Jeesh.
A Guy, you’re all over the place on this one. All I’m saying is that the article specifically identified the union protesters as from local unions. If you’ve got evidence that they weren’t, I’d be very interested in seeing it. But I can’t do anything with this until you at least pick a lane.
Really fellas? C’mon. If there’s anyone here who’s picked a lane; it’s me.
I do now know the definition of spin though; Anything you disagree with. Because you’re always right.
The only problem is that you’ve never been right about this guy from the start. You had him losing the primary, losing the general, getting a swirly from the Speaker, getting Wet Willies (not personal) from the Senate Pres.
He’s standing his ground and pushing back hard on policy. He’s won over the people (who don’t have a special interest, legit or otherwise). He’s won over the editorial boards; all of whom are bad and uninformed now (imagine that- all of them!)
You don’t like him. You think the sky’s gonna fall. Don’t give our state the therapy it needs. Go slow. If we follow his plan; it’s rehab. If we follow yours, it’s palliative care.
VanillaMan————I’m old and the 12 hour work day has never existed in my lifetime. Want to bring up conditions around the time of the Civil War?
If you insist, old timer!
That President Lincoln! Ending slavery, just like that? He abused the presidency and inflicted upon us higher taxes and busted budgets! We couldn’t afford ending slavery so he made my taxes go up, didn’t he?
(That’s the problem conservatives face when they base governmental decisions upon the arguments that “we can’t afford it” or “we’re broke” to resolve moral issues - it leads to the worst decisions possible, doesn’t it?)
===He’s standing his ground and pushing back hard on policy.===
Rauner has no budget, Rauner has no legislative achievements to his agenda. All this is “good”?
===He’s won over the people (who don’t have a special interest, legit or otherwise).===
Those booing him may say otherwise, lol… Unless Rauner is only a governor of those “who” are co-opted by him, bought by him, or are just scared of him. Otherwise, the “Us-Them” polarizing Rauner thinks those not agreeing with him are corrupt? Yikes…
===He’s won over the editorial boards; all of whom are bad and uninformed now (imagine that- all of them!)===
Yeah, like the Owl Sandack; they know better than to cross Rauner. Even @StatehouseChick, who literally has “statehouse” in her Twitter handle is willing to be an Owl by making the comical case that Rauner, unlike every governor before him, and every governor after Rauner, own their cuts.
Pretty embarrassing considering the work she did on Quinn’s lump sum budget or the Edgar Ramp, both owned by governors.
You have a crush on Rauner, - A Guy -, like the Tribune, but “your guy” isn’t as beloved as you want him to be, and you can’t point to accomplishments to make a case for him.
Read Rich’s post in the “Tribune Crush”…it might help.
==If we follow his plan; it’s rehab. If we follow yours, it’s palliative care.==
What’s “my” plan, Guy? I’m pretty sure I don’t have one beyond, “RTWFL is bogus and we really can’t balance the state’s budget without revenue.” The Governor has dropped RTWFL and agrees with me on revenue, so really, the only difference between our plans is that he wants to humiliate Mike Madigan before he does anything else. And I mean, that’s not a dealbreaker for me, but let’s be honest, another turf war with Madigan is just exactly the Springfield status quo.
Quinn was booed too, but by his own employees and that still took several years of his governorship before it reached that level. Rauner has very quickly surpassed Quinn both in time and the size of his circle of unhappy constituents. So I guess he can add that to his accomplishments.
++“We’ve got to get the power away from (Madigan and Cullerton). They’re not going to give it up easily, this is going to be a rough summer,” Rauner said. “We’re going to negotiate in good faith. We have been for months. We want bipartisan agreement.”++ How can you bad mouth & want to get rid of the people you need for a bipartisan agreement? In your next breath, you turn around and say you want a bipartisan agreement. You are totally contradicting yourself guv. You can not have it both ways.
Good for Governor Rauner…so he gets a few boos. So? People who are about to have their fat little nest-eggs crushed probably should boo (and hoo too). But I don’t care. We’re done with you boo-hoo crew.
Rauner is as fake as it gets. I have seen first hand how badly he treats those who actually helped him get elected ! Rauner is quite aloof to all but the very wealthy and any of his public sympathy for middle class working families is just so much hot air.