* Background is here. Sen. Andy Manar in the SJ-R…
Illinois is in bad fiscal shape. This is not news to those of us who live downstate, where we have borne the brunt of political inaction and fiscal mismanagement for generations.
State Rep. Avery Bourne, R-Raymond, took to this page recently, not to address the state’s problems or offer solutions, but to absolve the governor of any responsibility for the mess.
It’s no surprise she defends him. He and his ultra-wealthy Chicago friends are key donors for her.
More than halfway through a term devoid of accomplishments, Gov. Bruce Rauner needs people like Rep. Bourne to tell everyone it’s not his fault, because in Rauner’s world nothing is ever his fault.
Who’s responsible for submitting a balanced budget? “Not Me!” says the governor. Who gutted social service agencies, harming vulnerable families? “Not Me!” says the governor.
Rumors have been circulating for weeks that the GOP wants Rep. Bourne to run against Sen. Manar next year. If this op-ed is any indication,. the gloves are off.