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Durbin attacks Rauner, says he’ll decide about run after November

Thursday, Jul 28, 2016

* From this morning’s delegation breakfast…


- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Name Withheld - Thursday, Jul 28, 16 @ 9:35 am:

    You may want an apostrophe somewhere in that headline.

  2. - @MisterJayEm - Thursday, Jul 28, 16 @ 9:36 am:

    “Hell after November” sounds about right to me.

    – MrJM

  3. - @MisterJayEm - Thursday, Jul 28, 16 @ 9:40 am:


    Clinton in 2016.

    Durbin in 2018.

    The Democratic Party has neglected its bench.

    – MrJM

  4. - Ray del Camino - Thursday, Jul 28, 16 @ 9:41 am:

    Do it.

  5. - cgo75 - Thursday, Jul 28, 16 @ 9:41 am:

    I suspect Senator Durbin will have significant bipartisan support. Certainly sounds like he’s seriously contemplating this.

  6. - Cool Bobby Jr. - Thursday, Jul 28, 16 @ 9:43 am:

    Would Durbin really want to give up a leadership post in the U.S. Senate to come back to this horrorshow?

  7. - Cubs in '16 - Thursday, Jul 28, 16 @ 9:46 am:

    The last time I said this about a governor it turned out really badly but here goes…anyone but Rauner!

  8. - plutocrat03 - Thursday, Jul 28, 16 @ 9:53 am:

    it seductive to be pursued, but an entirely different thing to do the job after election.

    Being governor after being in the top tier of the Senate would be a great comedown with a workload far higher than that of a member of the senate.

    I think the answer will be thanks, but no thanks.

  9. - Formerly Known as Frenchie M - Thursday, Jul 28, 16 @ 9:53 am:

    Well, if Sneed’s reporting is accurate today, then it sounds like Ms. Rauner is having second thoughts about a second term. Apparently, she — like Sandack, apparently — doesn’t like all the nastiness.

    So, two things come to mind.

    (1) A Durbin/Rauner match-up will crank the nastiness to 11.
    (2) Rauner is to blame for much of the nastiness. Go figure.

  10. - ChicagoVinny - Thursday, Jul 28, 16 @ 9:54 am:

    I love Durbin but we need some fresh faces.

  11. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jul 28, 16 @ 9:57 am:

    A contentious Democratic Gubernatorial primary is a serious consideration anyone deciding to run must face.

    Every dollar spent to win the nomination will be a dollar the Incumbent also will be spending “blaketly” against all foes well before March.

    It could, and will be a two front primary battle to take on $70 million and an incumbent governor after March… and no punches are going to be pulled.

  12. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jul 28, 16 @ 10:01 am:

    Bipartisan support for Durbin? The guy who got crushed by Oberweis in his home county. LOL

  13. - A guy - Thursday, Jul 28, 16 @ 10:03 am:

    The flattery pleases him. He’s not running.

  14. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Jul 28, 16 @ 10:03 am:

    ===The guy who got crushed by Oberweis in his home county===

    And that means… what?

  15. - Michelle Flaherty - Thursday, Jul 28, 16 @ 10:06 am:

    When’s the Bill Daley speculation start?

  16. - Grandson of Man - Thursday, Jul 28, 16 @ 10:06 am:

    I hope Durbin decides to run. He may be one of the few who could beat Rauner, particularly if he’ll do better than Quinn in Cook County, the Collars and among union members and their families–which he should.

  17. - Lucky Pierre - Thursday, Jul 28, 16 @ 10:10 am:

    “What the Governor has done to this state is inexcusable and unacceptable”. Of course one of the biggest partisans in Washington would only blame one side and ignore all of the problems that caused voters to abandon the Democratic candidate for Governor and elect Rauner.

    What are your solutions to solve Illinois many problems?

    Please speak up and tell us your vision for fixing Illinois. The silence is deafening

  18. - @MisterJayEm - Thursday, Jul 28, 16 @ 10:17 am:

    “What are your solutions to solve Illinois many problems?”

    Bruce Rauner has been governor for 563 days, and we’re still waiting for his answer to that question.

    – MrJM

  19. - Teddy K - Thursday, Jul 28, 16 @ 10:35 am:

    This effectively freezes the field for the rest of the year. If I was a Dem big shot, I would take advantage of this time out to put a Plan B in place if Durbin decides to stay in D.C., as I suspect he will.

    A destructive primary is never good when you’re preparing to take on an incumbent, but when that incumbent has the money Rauner does, it might prove fatal. It would improve the Dems’ chances immensely if the unions, trial lawyers, Madigan, Cullerton, etc., quietly got behind a strong candidate early to discourage primary opposition. (Preckwinkle, Kennedy, or Dart are probably the best bets). The Dems are gonna need every penny they can save in the Spring of ‘18 if they’re gonna beat Rauner in the Fall.

  20. - Lucky Pierre - Thursday, Jul 28, 16 @ 10:39 am:

    Rauner has proposed a Turnaround Agenda-

    Even the areas of the Turnaround Agenda that have bipartisan support have been rejected by the Democrats.

    Democrats in the legislature and the prospective candidates for Governor have zero reforms proposed

  21. - 47th Ward - Thursday, Jul 28, 16 @ 10:41 am:

    ===Even the areas of the Turnaround Agenda that have bipartisan support have been rejected by the Democrats.===

    Name three.

  22. - Demoralized - Thursday, Jul 28, 16 @ 10:45 am:

    ==would only blame one side==

    True. One side isn’t to blame. They both are. You’d do well to remember that as you come on here daily whining.

  23. - Demoralized - Thursday, Jul 28, 16 @ 10:47 am:

    Sounds to me like he might be seriously considering it. I can see the desire to get the heck out of dodge if Trump were to be elected and if the Republicans maintain control of the Senate.

  24. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jul 28, 16 @ 10:59 am:

    “The last time I said this about a governor it turned out really badly but here goes…anyone but Rauner!” How’d that anybody but work out for ya? Held my nose and voted for Quinn.

  25. - Nieva - Thursday, Jul 28, 16 @ 11:02 am:

    Durbin is not going anywhere.

  26. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jul 28, 16 @ 11:10 am:

    “Run, Dick,Run”. And don’t stop til you hit the Atlantic Ocean - or, still keep running when you do

  27. - Chicagonk - Thursday, Jul 28, 16 @ 11:25 am:

    Durbin is by far the strongest possible candidate and would be a surefire favorite to win, but I have a hard time seeing him running.

  28. - Lucky Pierre - Thursday, Jul 28, 16 @ 11:39 am:

    Workers compensation , term limits redistricting are all supported by bipartisan majorities

    Rahm as well as many other Mayors support workers comp reform

  29. - blue dog dem - Thursday, Jul 28, 16 @ 11:47 am:

    Clinton v Trump
    Rauner v Durbin

    How special.

  30. - NIU Grad - Thursday, Jul 28, 16 @ 12:01 pm:

    “The Democratic Party has neglected its bench.”

    This defines the 2018 election for all Constitutional Officer races…they’ll be more than one seat up for election, and there’s a challenge finding young blood for even one of them. For example, is there anyone worthwhile to run for SecState or are we calling back Jesse again?

  31. - HRC2016 - Thursday, Jul 28, 16 @ 12:14 pm:

    Rauner has proposed a Turnaround Agenda-

    Which has been an utter FAILURE!

    Even the areas of the Turnaround Agenda that have bipartisan support have been rejected by the Democrats.

    Because the Turnaround Agenda is an UTTER FAILURE!

    Democrats in the legislature and the prospective candidates for Governor have zero reforms proposed

    They have passed WC reforms in the last couple of years and the TURNAROUND AGENDA IS AN UTTER FAILURE!

  32. - 47th Ward - Thursday, Jul 28, 16 @ 12:21 pm:

    ===Workers compensation , term limits redistricting are all supported by bipartisan majorities===

    I’ll concede redistricting reform, but even Dan Brady said this week that term limits weren’t a good idea. Despite that, if a bill was brought for a vote, I think you’re right that it would pass with bi-partisan support.

    So you’ve got two easy ones that Madigan has put a brick on. Of course, neither of these solves an actual fiscal problem facing the state, neither gets us closer to a balanced budget or reducing the mountain of bills awaiting payment. But credit where credit is due: Governor Rauner supports to very popular political proposals that won’t do anything to help improve the business climate in Illinois. Bully for him.

    As for Worker’s Comp, you’re right that there is strong bi-partisan support for lower premiums. The problem is that there is no agreement on HOW to lower premiums, so I can’t accept Worker’s Comp as your third Turnaround Agenda item that has broad bi-partisan support.

  33. - Beeker - Thursday, Jul 28, 16 @ 12:47 pm:

    HRC2016 you are foaming at the mouth. You’re finished and you know it.

  34. - A guy - Thursday, Jul 28, 16 @ 1:07 pm:

    Durbin hasn’t had a real contested race since joining the Senate. No one has had to animate an oppo file on him, and he has some highlights he’d just as soon forget and hope everyone else has to. I can’t see any ROI on a race like this for him. Is anyone even sure he wants to come back to Illinois when his Senate career is over? I haven’t heard one way or the other.

  35. - TOTM - Thursday, Jul 28, 16 @ 1:22 pm:

    Is this the same guy who runs to any active microphone and tried to tell the Army Corp of Enginners how to fix the flow of the river in St. Louis?

    Heaven help us…

  36. - John Gregory (ex-IRN) - Thursday, Jul 28, 16 @ 1:36 pm:

    Durbin has been consistently critical of Rauner dating back to January 2014. Other reporters are late to the party:

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