* Bernie talks to Sen. Andy Manar about a possible run for governor…
[Manar] said first-term Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner “has divided our state into pieces,” and has “used that division every day against Democrats.”
“I think Democrats have to become better at delivering a message that resonates with voters because we have the right policies,” Manar added. […]
“Personal wealth is a factor,” Manar said. “That’s something I don’t bring to the table. Never have; probably never will. But I think there’s other factors that have to be considered when coming up with a nominee.”
“If we’re going to straight up nominate someone who simply has money with no message and no way to deliver a message and no way to resonate with working-class voters, then we’re probably not going to fare as well as … we otherwise would,” he said.
I’ve known Andy for quite a long while. He’s about as sharp as they come.
* One problem, though, will be his school funding reform push. It’s a good idea and he’s visited just about every nook and cranny of Illinois touting it, building friendships and alliances as he goes.
But the wealthier suburbs won’t like it unless there’s lots more state money put into the mix to shield them from state funding cuts. And lots more state money means, of course, a tax hike.