Maybe I’m thick, but I don’t see a benefit for the governor to this embarrassing petulance.
But Rauner must like it. He’s the boss, he’s running the show. He’s responsible.
- the Other Anonymous - Tuesday, Jul 21, 15 @ 6:21 pm:
Wait, so the transparency that the Governor’s Office is so proud of is actually something the Comptroller has on her web site? Something that, quite frankly, has been around for years?
Sorry, Rich G, you can’t take credit for what Topinka did years ago. Besides, the information there is limited to the amount of salary, and the questions here have to do with why a particular person’s job duties come under a specific agency, or why a particular person got a certain salary. You need testimony to get at those issues.
It is productive to analyze all the Rauner and team messaging by giving weight to the OPPOSITE of what they say.
So in the first paragraph, he is really saying that if you keep repeating a false claim, it will eventually have the appearance of truth. This is in the top 5 of the Rauner Team playbook. (Reminds me of Bush/Cheney)
“This administration has been and will remain fully transparent WITH RESPECT to personnel compensation.” Not looking so transparent from my viewpoint on personnel, and he is implying that there is secrecy in all other respects. Duh.
“Your partisanship is trumped only by your hypocrisy.” That is nearly delusional. Who’s caucus has not voted 11 TIMES on property tax relief?
This stuff is going to be analyzed by academia for years, if there is any academia left after they get done.
(Was this even delivered before the 11am lunch date? Probably not, because it was all for appearances.)
I don’t believe any of the appropriate descriptive words are allowed by Rich. However, I can not imagine a universe where a letter like this is in anyway considered a professional communication. This demonstrates the unprofessional, insincere, disrespectful attitude Brucie and his crew have for the people of Illinois.
repetitive press conferences by Rauner and Madigan again today, could have switched a few words around and sound them same as last two or three. the House holding salary hearings, Sandack tweeting during committe of the whole and now another letter from Goldberg that’s supposed to make the bossman proud. we’re supposed to take these guys seriously, really?
“With warmest personal regards”, my (expletive deleted).
What good can this possibly do if your goal is to achieve a budget resolution and pass legislation? Absolutely none. Of course, that may not be a goal here. :) if the hits get much lower, we’ll be heading into Trump territory.
- Might Not Be the A-Team - Tuesday, Jul 21, 15 @ 7:12 pm:
Clearly Mr.Goldberg is doing what his boss wants, or he would have stopped him already. I think Rep Bradley tried to carry some of the Speaker’s water, and the new Gov is demonstrating to all that doing so only makes you a target. And while you say it isn’t campaign time, this information is the foundation of the next campaign Rep Bradley will very likely face. These are the seeds, and they will be used by whomever the new Gov chooses to run against him. Even if Bradley were to win his next race, the message is loud and clear to me that it will be an expensive and divisive race. Not sure how I feel about it all, but it is the tenor of the moment.
I hope that those who are looking at the past for inspiration, holding out hopes for a “deal” and offering constructive suggestions for how both sides can compromise in the best interests of the people of Illinois, might begin to understand that isn’t going to happen. One side is going to win and the other is going to lose; everyone’s playing for keeps, no best of 3, 5 or 7 series.
Even smart people cannot see the obvious. (ie. Einstein had to paint his front door red so he’d know where to stop.) It is apparent Richard and Rauner’s Administration is burning all their chits within the first 6 months obviously ignoring the fact they have to deal with Cullerton and Madigan for 3.5 more years. We seeing all time low in accepting behavior.
=== Might Not Be the A-Team’s comment is about as close as it gets. ===
You’re talking long game stuff and we’re stuck in neutral on the short game. Whether this baloney can be part of a successful effort to punish Bradley remains to be seen. Certainly, Madigan will put the full court press on defending him.
- Might Not Be the A-Team - Tuesday, Jul 21, 15 @ 7:45 pm:
And MJM will spend big to do that defending.
The Gov is playing a long game. If the 2016 House races are ‘long game’
Such behavior of is unbecoming a gentleman of his education and stature in society.
- Are Ya Kiddin' Me? - Tuesday, Jul 21, 15 @ 8:28 pm:
Book smart, maybe, polically and street smart, not so much.
Letters and attitudes like this will not get the sham turn around debacle passed.
The biggest problem I have is goldy’s inability to come up with his own sign off….. He had to plagiarize the Speaker’s.
Hmm maybe he should take some other cues from the Speaker?
Did Bradley “ignore a request to meet last week to negotiate the Governor’s Turnaround Agenda?”
Setting aside Goldberg’s missive for a second, why wouldn’t Bradley agree to meet with Goldberg to debate the details of the Governor’s Turnaround Agenda? Invite the media, have the meeting, let Goldberg and anyone else Rauner wants to designate defend elimining collective bargaining rights and roll-back prevailing wage laws. This is the chance, Goldberg has thrown down the guantlet.
Let Richard Goldberg make the case for all of the details and nuance of Governor Rauner’s Turnaround Agenda. Give him the stage to make his case honestly, in a non-sham way.
Call the bluff already and let’s move on. I would think this is a debate Bradley and the Democrats should be spoiling for. Tick-tock. It’s time to tattoo Rauner with his anti-Labor and labor agenda, with all of the specifics that have been missing to date including the definition of “pro-growth reforms.”
The state superintendent’s compensation package was about as transparent as a lead window. As evidence I sight the fact that they announced his salary but failed to include the “special stipend” in that same announcement. All the while the governor was touting the advantages of diminishing peoples pension, by choice of course.
Rich, you may like Goldberg. You clearly know him better than I do, I have not had the privilege as of yet.
He comes of like a smarmy tool, and he himself the grandest of hypocrites.
He is but one of the hitmen for the governor, who time after time, swore that he would do it differently and honestly. Different than Madigan et al. We know what they are, the expectation was different and better. He has failed on that account completely.
May I ask why you are referring to Mr. Goldberg’s (alleged) faith? For all we know, he may be Buddhist, atheist, or agnostic. He might be a Rastafarian (doubt it, based on his haircut) or a Mandean. His faith has absolutely no bearing on the disgraceful tone he has chosen to take towards Rep. Bradley–and by extension, the citizens of Illinois who disagree with the policies espoused by the man who signs Mr. Goldberg’s paychecks–in this letter.
I’ve never understood the obsession people have with how much it costs to run the Governor’s Office. Isn’t the entire Executive Branch of Government (minus the other Constitutionals) basically working for the Governor? Whether their salary is budgeted from a state agency or the actual Governor’s Office, does it make any difference?
Glad we have these geniuses here to bring DC to Springfield. Springfield was already a difficult place. The last thing we needed facing a budget deficit that affects real people’s lives is DC-style hackery.
Must win the day… Must win the day… All while Rome is burning.
A character from a Sacha Baron Cohen movie must be next on Mr. Goldberg’s list. Maybe he can show up in a “mankini” at the next legislative hearing. He might think he is accomplishing something by presenting himself so absurdly, but he shouldn’t. What would happen if he did?
Mr. Goldberg thinks he is insulting a Sphinx when he drops his pants and moons it. The catcalls and pranks are only entertaining to his fellow court jesters.
Worst - this isn’t governing. This isn’t winning any arguments. This isn’t compromising. This isn’t professional. Rolling across a floor while pretending to have a mock temper tantrum might be little more than political performance art, but like modern art, it is entirely inappropriate.
I would never allow him to enter the Capitol again and I would never accept any written correspondence from him. His antics make people cringe. He has clearly and repeatedly demonstrated a behavior unbecoming of a public servant.
Shame on Governor Rauner for allowing a staffer of his to make our state government look even worse than it has over the past decade.
“The sad thing is that the frat boys are sitting in the fraternity on 2nd floor just giddy about all the criticism they’re getting.” - Norseman
They don’t have to just be giddy about the criticism. They are getting high praise in the CapFax comments from a surprisingly high number of people for their ridiculous juvenile behavior. I’m in complete agreement with VanillaMan 7:31 comments. Reading this stuff makes a person embarrassed to even work in or around state government. Once the bar is lowered on professionalism, can it ever be raised again? Madigan has plenty of frat boys that could match this stuff. The difference is, they wouldn’t be allowed to do it. I love politics, but also appreciate the decorum at the Capitol. Communicating with a state legislator as if they’re in kindergarten and need to be reminded how to navigate a website, is just not okay.