* Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) just filed paperwork to create a new campaign committee called “Ives for Illinois.” She has about $268K in the bank. Her campaign committee chairman is Chicago Republican Party Chairman Chris Cleveland.
* Meanwhile, Mark Maxwell tried to ask Ives last night about this comment…
Gays who seek to marry are “trying to weasel their way into acceptability so that they can then start to push their agenda down into the schools, because this gives them some sort of legitimacy,” she said, adding that a child being raised by a gay couple is “an object of desire.”
* Her response…
Rep. Ives: If you want to talk about the Illinois economy, I am happy to talk about the Illinois economy.
Reporter: I just did. We just talked about the Illinois economy.
Rep. Ives: Okay, great. What’s next?
Reporter: It’s important. You’re running for governor.
Rep. Ives: What about public corruption? Let’s talk about public corruption. Because it is an everyday event in the state of Illinois.
Reporter: Why did you just change the subject? This is a very important subject to thousands of people in Illinois.
Rep. Ives: What’s important?
Reporter: He said AIDS was God’s rightful judgment on the gay community.
Rep. Ives: I’m not going to comment on somebody else’s comment. It’s ridiculous.
Reporter: Okay, then what about your comments on this topic.
Rep. Ives: Why would we… You want to.. you’re like Bruce Rauner. The guy who didn’t have a social ended up only having a social agenda.
Reporter: Excuse me?
Rep. Ives: Well it seems like you’re entire topic is to talk about a social agenda.
Reporter: We just spent ten minutes talking about the economy.
Rep. Ives: And that’s what’s important to families in the state of Illinois.
Reporter: Are you refusing to answer a question to clarify your own comments in the past about the legitimacy of gay marriage?
Rep. Ives: No, I thought you were going to ask about somebody else’s comment.
Reporter: I was going to ask you about David Barton. But if you become governor, there is a large part of the population that cares deeply about this. They will want to know where you stand. Would you protect the rights given to the LGBT community?
Rep. Ives: Okay, so what specific rights do they have that are different than any other American? We all are governed by the same constitution. We all have the same rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,
Reporter: Does that include marriage?
Rep. Ives (continues): …free speech, second amendment, fourth amendment protections…
Reporter: To marriage?
Rep. Ives: There is nothing that I know of that are called rights that are not specific to any individual. The federal government has weighed in on marriage equality. That is federal law. I am a rule follower. So federal law, like I said when it comes to legal immigration, we are going to follow federal law in the state, regardless of what the law is. That’s my position.
* Also, I mentioned to subscribers yesterday that she may be endorsed by the Winfield Township Republicans tonight. That was an error. The group has already endorsed Gov. Rauner.