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Rauner says he won’t be involved in Murphy replacement

Monday, Aug 29, 2016

* And if you believe this, I have a bridge in Brooklyn that just happens to be for sale

Gov. Bruce Rauner said Friday he doesn’t plan to get involved in replacing state Sen. Matt Murphy, a Palatine Republican and top ally who announced his resignation earlier this month.

“I’m not going to be particularly involved,” Rauner said. “There’s a process that will unfold. And local leaders very much control that process, and I assume they’ll come up with a very good person.”

- Posted by Rich Miller        

21 Comments
  1. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Aug 29, 16 @ 1:05 pm:

    Perspective?

    The Raunerite GOP here in Illinois is funded at a $16.8 million dollar clip, with Rauner personally attached to 95.01% of that funding.

    If there’s a 23 year old, elected to a library board, residing in Sen. Murphy’s district, odds are that’s the odds on… favorite.

    Once Rauner goes above 27 or so, “they” realize how phony their ascension is and Rauner can’t have that infest other Raunerites.


  2. - chi - Monday, Aug 29, 16 @ 1:08 pm:

    Another view on Rauner’s preference for youngin’s is that he realizes his term limit stuff will never pass.


  3. - Sick & Tired - Monday, Aug 29, 16 @ 1:11 pm:

    “Let me just throw in a couple more million and they’ll get the hint.”


  4. - Honeybear - Monday, Aug 29, 16 @ 1:11 pm:

    OW, THAT’s restaurant quality.


  5. - Thoughts Matter - Monday, Aug 29, 16 @ 1:13 pm:

    All that means is that he will pass his orders along thru his staff.


  6. - Anonymous - Monday, Aug 29, 16 @ 1:13 pm:

    I assume they’ll come up with a very good person off the list I gave them, consisting of one name.


  7. - PublicServant - Monday, Aug 29, 16 @ 1:14 pm:

    “I assume that the local leaders will come up with a very good person” - or there’ll be new local leaders PDQ!


  8. - Huh? - Monday, Aug 29, 16 @ 1:16 pm:

    Pinocchio told better lies.


  9. - DuPage Bard - Monday, Aug 29, 16 @ 1:21 pm:

    He never has before


  10. - Nearly Normal - Monday, Aug 29, 16 @ 1:23 pm:

    Translation: No worries. They know what I want!


  11. - Anon 124 - Monday, Aug 29, 16 @ 1:24 pm:

    Maybe they’ll pick a local none of us Springfield-types know, but it’s fun to look at this as a Morrison vs. Harris battle.

    Rauner might need to protect his right flank a little, which would give Morrison an edge. But Radogno has got to be freaked out by the prospect of having another hardcore right-winger in the caucus when she might have to put down a challenge from within again in January. She’s gotta be pushing Rauner to back Harris or a local woman.

    It’s also interesting that by Scott Kennedy’s metrics, Harris’ side of the nest is moving towards being a possible Dem pick up. If Tom Cullerton can win a DuPage senate seat, a Dem could some day soon win a Northwest Cook seat. Though, probably not in a midterm.


  12. - Anon - Monday, Aug 29, 16 @ 1:32 pm:

    ===Once Rauner goes above 27 or so===

    27 years of age is when a young politico finally accepts that they won’t be elected to congress at 25.


  13. - Rabid - Monday, Aug 29, 16 @ 1:45 pm:

    My govenor does not want an election to empower the voters? Stoping voters rights , local leaders control that process


  14. - Annonin' - Monday, Aug 29, 16 @ 1:55 pm:

    Hey, we believed BigBrain when he said he didn’t know nothin’ about how he bungled fundin’ for alternative schools — all over the state — for 2 years. Why not believe this stuff?


  15. - Deft Wing - Monday, Aug 29, 16 @ 2:03 pm:

    Just like his lack of “electioneering,” I’m sure.


  16. - Curious George - Monday, Aug 29, 16 @ 2:46 pm:

    How does a Harris or Morrison get replaced on the ballot for State Rep if Murphy’s resignation doesn’t take effect until Sept 15th? Aren’t the ballots printed by then?


  17. - JS Mill - Monday, Aug 29, 16 @ 2:50 pm:

    Fake BVR- “Listen, I am just a guy doin this for the little fella out there who is workin hard for his family.”

    “I am not involved in all of this high falutin politics stuff.”

    P.S.- I have no social agenda.


  18. - Cubs in '16 - Monday, Aug 29, 16 @ 3:23 pm:

    ā€œIā€™m not going to be particularly involved,ā€

    Hmmmm, there’s that sentence again. That qualifier…


  19. - out of touch - Monday, Aug 29, 16 @ 3:53 pm:

    Perversely, Rauner probably prefers Harris for the spot. If Harris moves to the Senate, there’s one less pesky independent mind in the House. Harris would be a lesser threat in the Senate, given the functional supermajority there. Then Rauner can rig the appointment of a sycophant college kid of his choice to the House.


  20. - Pot calling kettle - Monday, Aug 29, 16 @ 4:32 pm:

    “I did not have political relations with that appointment process.” (Thumps podium.)

    The governor doth protest too much, methinks.


  21. - A guy - Monday, Aug 29, 16 @ 4:45 pm:

    You’ve got two safe House seats and a Senate seat with 2 years left on the meter. Why would you mess with the former with regard to the latter?

    A: you wouldn’t. It’ll be someone else. Murph is popular. Watch where he’s looking.


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