* From a Democratic pal…
I could have snarked it up on the blog yesterday, but at a core level I care about this state and the role of state government. It’s what made Blagojevich and then Quinn and now Rauner so infuriating. Blagojevich saw state government solely as a way to promote himself and to get political money. Quinn always wanted to be governor and appeared to have no idea how to run a state. And now we have Rauner who wanted the Captain’s chair to start a revolution and seems to have only recently learned that the job comes with actual responsibilities. Like daily responsibilities.
Right now, identify five key issues or problems. Then put his administration on alert to identify five doable things to address those issues. As you solve those problems, let people know. Create the image of competent, professional management of our state. That’s what we need: someone who can identify real problems and solve them, not complain about them. We’ve got 11,999,999 people to complain. We need 1 to step up and solve. He wanted to be that 1.
Yes, workers comp is an issue. But you’re not going to solve that today. The Rauner administration can solve all kinds of real world problems without ever needing the General Assembly. Zika Virus. What’s his Public Health director doing? What information can he provide to average Illinoisans who only see media, or worse, social media reports that make it seem like the end is near. What is the state doing? Offer an expert assessment of the issue. Boom. Relevant issue. Creates headlines. Look professional.
State government – and the real world — is filled with stuff like that. Governor’s shouldn’t need to run to the General Assembly to solve every problem.
Look, you and I both know the Edgar administration wasn’t run by saints. But it gave off the impression of competent management.
I mean, this guy is a near billionaire businessman. Stop worrying about beating Madigan and start showing people that you are a great governor (unless you aren’t and can’t).
Now I feel better.