I’m still mystified by the “I’m a national leader” stuff from Pritzker that is heard in commercials. Who says that about themselves? also, who says he’s a national leader? Isn’t that something one gets from others? I get he’s a leading donor, but that is not the same thing as leader.
Can anyone name significant policies elucidated by Rauner and then enacted? A lot of citizens can tell me he allegedly wears an $18 watch and drives a beater van. They can’t name any policy achievements.
His ad blitz is very reminiscent of Hillary’s in the early days of the 2016 race–trying to ram through a consensus in his favor through brute force. Kennedy is certainly not out but he must sharpen his attack tremendously.
Have as many Oreos as you wish. Just know that if you need to then go to the dentist and you’re a state employee you’ll be coughing up the $ to fill those Oreo-causing cavities because of the budget impasse.
==Kennedy is certainly not out but he must sharpen his attack tremendously.==
If 2016 is the parallel (and I agree with Word and OS that there’s some big caveats to that) then Kennedy is particularly ill-equipped to mount a strong challenge. The well-equipped ones are up on the northside and in Evanston…
==This is intro-ing an unknown entity in the political arena.==
Yeah, pretty much. It’s interesting to watch someone with such a low public profile (I know the family name is on half of Chicago, but that doesn’t translate to JB necessarily, and it means absolutely bupkis outside of Chicagoland) but with so many resources go about introducing himself.
I’m looking at it this way: Rauner is Godzilla. To fight Godzilla you need Mothra, That’s J.B. This is the situation that we have been dealt. It’s not about getting the perfect Dem–it’s only sheer strength ($$$) that will prevail. J.B. is demonstrating that he understands that 100%.
I would assume his progressive vision would be that the 14 billionaires in Illinois should pay their fair share.
JB’s actions do not match his words as he has hired property tax lawyers who advised him to remove the toilets in one of his many homes to avoid paying over a quarter of a million dollars in property taxes. Hypocrisy alert!
Removing toilets is certainly visionary. Getting things done indeed.
LP - I think you’ve asked some very relevant questions. But is this the campaign that Rauner wants to run? He has a record now and it isn’t one of accomplishments. While the word “Madigan” fires up the base I don’t see how it sways the independents and Democrats to get behind him. And in that same vein, Pritzker hasn’t demonstrated that he can’t work with Madigan. Same can’t be said for Rauner.
Kennedy and his operatives seem hellbent on throwing shade on JB Pritzker by comparing him to Hillary Clinton.
Here is the thing: Kennedy maxed out his contributions to Hillary in the primary. Not only did Kennedy oppose Bernie Danders, Kennedy was one of the political insiders who was part of the Clinton primary coronation.
For a prince of one of America’s most powerful political dynasties to claim he opposes monarchies is dishonest, and to make it the central theme of his campaign is dishonest to the core.
Someone please explain to me while I am wrong, without trying to say “So-and-so did it first” or “What the other guy did was worse…” kennedy’s position is logically and morally indefensible. If his last name was “Green” we would not even be talking about him.
You keep asking, “who says he’s a national leader?” and I keep answering you but you choose to ignore the answer. JB led the effort to organize the White House Summit on Early Childhood Education. So Barack Obama says he’s a leader. So do all the major organizations in Early Childhood education in the US. It’s not just writing a check, but his work in the area.
Amalia, you can keep ignoring this and I’ll just keep typing it. But his national leadership in this area going back decades is not a disputable point.