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Maybe the governor should just stop talking about his grandfather for a while

Monday, Nov 13, 2017

* I think I’ll be kind today and say that he almost said it again, but kinda stopped short. Your thoughts?…

If you’re coming late to this, the background is here.

And the raw video of the governor’s full remarks is here.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Anonymous - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 1:07 pm:

    Having immigrant grandparents with no English skills must poll well. Still no excuse for not presenting a balanced budget.

  2. - Fax Machine - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 1:07 pm:

    Rauner looks better in a suit than Carhartt.

  3. - Phil King - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 1:08 pm:

    Such a weird thing to lie about.

  4. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 1:10 pm:

    Rauner fibbed about his grandfather, yet again.

    Now here’s the rub where it becomes but only a misled…

    Where do you put a comma?

    “He was an immigrant, family”… or no comma “He was an immigrant family”

    When I’m concerned about punctuation to clarify honesty… how honest can the person speaking be?

  5. - Tired Teacher - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 1:13 pm:

    Once you start a lie it is difficult to stop it; that takes character. Don’t think this governor has character; best we can say is that he is a character.

  6. - Saluki - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 1:14 pm:

    This never has bothered me any. I have heard a lot more harmful lies than that over the years from Illinois politicians.

  7. - Anonymous - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 1:19 pm:

    There are lies, damn lies, and, and, Rauner

  8. - @MisterJayEm - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 1:19 pm:

    Rauner wouldn’t have to trot out the same false story if he had any accomplishments to crow about.

    Instead, it’s ‘Groundhog’s Day’ as campaign strategy: running for reelection using virtually the same bag of tired gimmicks — motorcycle, immigrant grandpa, durn Springfield! — as in his first run. Only a matter of time till the cheap watch gets another run in the spotlight.

    To go by Rauner’s campaign, you’d wonder if his first term in office had ever even happened.

    – MrJM

  9. - Demoralized - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 1:20 pm:

    I for the life of me cannot understand why he keeps repeating this falsehood over and over.

  10. - wordslinger - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 1:25 pm:

    Creepy to lie about your family, like what they really were wasn’t good enough for him.

    Blago-like strange to keep telling the same lie after you’ve been busted for it.

  11. - former southerner - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 1:25 pm:

    It is a character flaw and not a unique aberration. Apparently large character flaws are very acceptable to a significant portion of the voting population.

  12. - Phil King - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 1:26 pm:

    ==I have heard a lot more harmful lies than that over the years from Illinois politicians.==

    Sure it’s not exactly substantive, but it speaks to his character. If you’re willing to lie about something as personal as family, as foundational as your youth role models, repeatedly, after having been outed, what won’t you lie about?

    This is a guy who wanted to cut the income tax to 3% before he wanted to raise it to 4.95% before he wanted it to stay at 4.25%.

    This is a guy who told pro-choice groups he’d sign a bill before he told lawmakers and a cardinal that he’d veto it before he changed his mind and signed it.

    This is a guy who wanted to abolish or lower the minimum wage before he wanted to raise it.

    It’s hard to tell what his real priorities are or where he stands on ANYTHING, except it’s clear that he doesn’t like unions. Other than that, is he a conservative? A liberal? Who knows.

    When he’s interview he sticks to his poll tested talking points like a robot. Not in a good way. There’s discipline, and then there’s Rauner’s Brett Bayer interviews. It made Marco Rubio’s robot inspired debate performance in the GOP Primary look like MLK’s “I have a Dream” speech.

  13. - Peter Torque - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 1:33 pm:

    He also said it again three weeks ago:

  14. - Demoralized - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 1:37 pm:

    Well stated @ Phil King

  15. - Anon221 - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 1:39 pm:

    His grandfather lie trotted out once again. You would think a Dartmouth and Harvard educated person would know the definition of immigrant. Even if the close-captioning was incorrect, and he meant emigrant, he’s still wrong unless his grandfather “emigrated” from one county or township in Wisconsin to another at some point in his life.

  16. - Robert the 1st - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 2:06 pm:

    I have to admit; politicians lying about their family history seems extra sleazy to me. I didn’t overlook Obama lying about his parents and Selma, and I won’t overlook Rauner lying about his grandparents.

  17. - VanillaMan - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 2:28 pm:

    Perhaps rauner has been misspeaking? He means to say “ignorant”, instead of “immigrant”?

  18. - Shytown - Monday, Nov 13, 17 @ 3:33 pm:

    Just stop already.

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