No email for Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner. KMOX’s Michael Calhoun tells us that Rauner’s given up the habit and turned in his email address.
Rauner chuckled when asked about his email habits, before telling KMOX that he doesn’t have any – personal or business – and it’s improved the quality of his life.
“My life is very different as governor than it was as a private business person,” Rauner says. “My life is actually way better because I don’t use email.” […]
“I have not sent an email as governor of Illinois,” he says.
* Phil Rosenthal…
None of us tethered to our smartphones should doubt for a second that Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner was absolutely correct when he said this week that giving up email has “improved the quality of my life dramatically.”
It’s also something that practically only the boss can do.
You have to be awfully powerful and/or wealthy — or poor and/or cloistered — to unplug like that in this day and age.
This may come as a surprise to him, but the little bit of nirvana he’s discovered is a luxury beyond the reach of most people.
* Doug Finke…
Rauner didn’t have much political experience when he took office, but he apparently learned quickly the value of not leaving a trail.
Last week, a reporter asked Rauner about his email usage after unsuccessfully trying to get information about it.
“I have no email, none whatsoever,” the governor said. […]
“Email causes all kinds of troubles, as you’ve seen,” he said. “People send out spams. People send out emails, they copy emails, they forward emails. Nothing good comes from that. I’ll talk to somebody. I want to look somebody in the eye.”
* Not using e-mail may have also improved the “quality of life” of the governor’s many friends and associates.
Rauner had a large e-mail list before he was governor, and he was infamous among that group for constantly bombarding his recipients with rants on a myriad of topics, from the economy to education policy minutiae. At one point, Rahm Emanuel reportedly begged to be taken off the list.
I, for one, wish he’d kept his little side project going. Just imagine the possibilities of a governor with his very own newsletter.
But a guy with such a strong e-mail habit probably figured it would be best to go “cold turkey” so he didn’t get himself in trouble. Smart move.