* Gov. Rauner’s campaign has a new ad featuring Republican governors from three neighboring states (Missouri, Indiana and Wisconsin) thanking House Speaker Michael Madigan for sending jobs their way…
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker: We want to say ‘Thank you.’
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb: Thanks, Mike Madigan.
Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens: Thank you.
Walker: For raising Illinois taxes.
Greitens: For blocking Rauner’s reforms.
Holcomb: And helping create new jobs in Indiana.
Walker: In Wisconsin.
Greitens: In Missouri.
Walker: Our economy’s on fire.
Greitens: We’re growing good jobs.
Holcomb: And we’re growing union jobs faster than Illinois.
Walker: So, we owe you.
Holcomb: Hoosiers love you, Mike Madigan.
Walker: Cheeseheads love you, Madigan.
Greitens: Big fans here in Missouri. Bigtime. Thank you, Mike.
Holcomb: Thanks, Mike.
Overlay: Stop Mike Madigan.
…Adding… As noted elsewhere, Rauner contributed $100,000 to Greitens’ campaign last year and gave $100,000 to Holcomb’s campaign about the same time.
*** UPDATE *** From the DGA…
The Democratic Governors Association, through spokesman Sam Salustro, releases the following statement in response to Governor Bruce Rauner’s new TV ad featuring governors who received substantial donations from Rauner:
“It’s appropriate the only governor not on screen is Bruce Rauner, who has abdicated his leadership position for nearly three years now. Illinois is losing jobs and people because Bruce Rauner forced the state to go through a two-year budget crisis that set the state back years financially and slowed the state’s economy.
“The fact is: Bruce Rauner’s economic policies have been the best thing that’s ever happened to Illinois’ neighbors.”
They neglect to say how Illinois still pays higher wages than they do, we’re still not a right-to-work state they are.
They also forget to say how their social services are not on par with the state of Illinois. And I don’t see droves of people moving to their states because of the standard of living.
Figures Rauner would have to get failed Republican Governors from our neighboring states to support him and his failed agenda
- Chicago_Downstater - Tuesday, Oct 24, 17 @ 10:01 am:
Don’t these governors have better things to do in their own states?
Funny and lite hearted ad. I give it an A. Dems need to help the middle class and business when it comes to taxes.
- Almost the Weekend - Tuesday, Oct 24, 17 @ 10:02 am:
This is a great ad, no matter how much you dislike Rauner on this blog. It resonates with Illinois voters. If only Rauner’s political staff was as competent as his official staff and the governor himself.
=If only Rauner’s political staff was as competent as his official staff and the governor himself.=
Rauner and competent do not belong in the same sentence.
- Chris P. Bacon - Tuesday, Oct 24, 17 @ 10:04 am:
Good ad if you don’t have a problem with shameless dishonesty. Everyone on here at least knows Rauner never submitted a balanced budget and the income tax increase, which we all know he wanted, was about equal to the budget hole he left after bloating spending above Quinn levels.
But why be serious when you can blame your ineptitude on a 75-yr old man who leads the weaker branch of government.
How this helps Rauner’s 63% disapproval is troubling, given three neighboring governors are in essence saying Bruce Rauner is so grossly inept Rauner can’t do anything and can’t get anything done.
So, in realty, Rauner put out an ad saying Rauner is incompetent and can’t get anything done…
===BAIER: So what would be different in a second term?===
Right? Exactly Right.
But, there is a silver lining for Raunerites…
The grossly inept Democrats as a whole will just let this go, let this run, thinking, as I do I guess, that this won’t help Rauner with that 63% disapproval and making Rauner look foolish by the sounds of these other governors…
… but it will try to push Madigan numbers again, as a sidebar to Rauner, and try to taint anything they can with Madigan.
So, no worry. This will be left unanswered. History tells me so.
Why wouldn’t Governors of other states WANT to keep Mike Madigan then? More jobs for them for their citizens, and an easier business climate to do business in their states should be what they’re concerned about not Illinois doing any better than where they are now.
While I don’t dispute Nickname’s facts, they don’t matter when voters are looking around their communities and seeing closed stores and restaurants and more and more neighbors with homes in disrepair. Most voters are smart enough to not blame Madigan for these issues, but they probably cannot think of any positive economic initiative coming from the House under his leadership either.
- My Kind of Town - Tuesday, Oct 24, 17 @ 10:25 am:
That is one of the best campaign ads I’ve ever seen. Effective; witty; draws blood.
You can complain about the veracity of the claims all you want. That has nothing to do with the effectiveness.
This…isn’t going to be a very effective ad. It’s a bunch of politicians that nobody knows poor mouthing the state to get at a guy who’s not even running against Rauner. It’s good trolling, but that doesn’t always win you votes.
===It’s effective and maintains the narrative that everyone around us is doing well, and we’re not.===
Lol. I had a feeling you’d like this one too.
Another way to look at this is that Rauner is inept, that a diminutive septuagenarian grandfather has out-worked, out-smarted and out-maneuvered the hapless Governor. It reinforces that Rauner is a failure, don’t you think?
And compounding the issue, doesn’t this make finding any compromise in the General Assembly impossible? How does Rauner plan to salvage his final year in office?
==Another way to look at this is that Rauner is inept,===
This is true 47. You’re one who has looked at it just this way. My question to you is “how much company are you going to have viewing it like you do?”
That would be vs. the people who view it as a confirmation from 3 neighboring governors that MJM is the one responsible?
Don’t confuse my appreciation for the development of this ad and brilliant execution with support. It’s an excellent ad.
It almost makes up for yesterday’s roll-out ad that re-used four year old video. Lol. Yep, Rauner should outsource all of his communications to this team so we can learn again why Pat Quinn was a failure.
“Believe me, I am going to rip — try to rip the economic guts out of Indiana,” he told the newspaper. “I am one of the baddest, you know, enemies anybody can have. And when I set a goal, we do it. I don’t care what the headline is. I want the results. And we’re coming after Indiana big time. But you know what, we’re going to do it on our terms, the right way.”
The wages paid in neighboring states are lower, but so is the cost of living. When your groceries, utilities and gasoline cost less, you will find people who can manage on a smaller paycheck without complaining. If the government delivers constituent services more efficiently that is a plus too.
==“Believe me, I am going to rip — try to rip the economic guts out of Indiana,” he told the newspaper. “I am one of the baddest, you know, enemies anybody can have. And when I set a goal, we do it. I don’t care what the headline is. I want the results. And we’re coming after Indiana big time. But you know what, we’re going to do it on our terms, the right way.”==
Holcomb didn’t forget, he just correctly noticed that it was the weeniest TUFF GUY talk ever put in print. He only said it when pressed, he stumbled over his words, he added in so many qualifiers. Rauner might as well have given himself a wedgie.
We’ll See- yea we were doing just fine before Rauner. Illinois fiscal problems are 40 years in the making and a Governor Pritzker backed by the public sector unions and Mike Madugan will just send more people and jobs to our neighboring States. Rauner is inept but he identified the problems you Dems want to perpetuate
lol, If Rauner needed that ad to secure that congressional district then things are more dire then first reported… hilarious.
===Two days, two great ads designed to turn the huge ship Rauner around===
Still signed HB40, allowing taxpayer funded abortions, signed sanctuary state legislation, hurt social services, crippled higher education, increased the state debt by over $15+ billion, and not one budget signed by Rauner since taking the oath.
===BAIER: So what would be different in a second term?===
OK, but now we’re after Rauner and none of those problems are solved. At some point, ya’ll are gonna have to engage with the fact that Rauner’s been governor for 3 years and has nothing to show for it.
Arsenal- there is no getting around it but the pension obligations are akin to a giant vacuum sucking up every new revenue dollar. Goes a long way to explain to QC Lib why there is no money to spend on social services. And as the actuaries have told us- it only gets worse from here. Every taxpayer in Illinois is working to fund pension beneficiaries at every level of State and local government. Just ask Preckwinkle
It’s not failure to lead. It’s failure to be led. Mike Madigan has been in charge of Illinois for decades. Reform needs to happen. Going back to the good old days of a Democratic Governor AND Madigan/Cullerton isn’t the answer.
Sue 0 for 2 today. Only 12% of the pension debt goes to beneficiaries. The rest of it, the majority is debt service then the lowering of the assumptions and then unexpected.
But go ahead and keep blaming the good people who work every day for this state.
Tone deaf ad puts the callous, uncompassionate corporate GOP on full display. They apparently have no shame that they would willingly watch neighbors suffer if it means more power for their own party. Nothing about this ad makes me like Rauner’s ILGOP more.
- Joe Bidenopolous - Tuesday, Oct 24, 17 @ 1:30 pm:
“I have failed as Governor and here are three other governors you are barely aware of to tell you why. Please re-elect me.”
Anyway, they couldn’t land Reynolds, Bevin and Snyder too (all border state GOP govs)? More failure
Sue, like the governor, you can explain away all day why there is no money. But all I can hear is the crying of a mother who lost her son to addiction because Rauner wouldn’t work with the GA to pass a budget.
These are real lives, not a political point. And this governor spent two years saying they don’t matter.
Biss and Kennedy should join in on the right to work Pro Trump Republican Governors commercial. If Mike Madigan is the one that kept us from the Scott Walker anti worker and anti education agenda then signed me up for two more years.