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Dems attack Rauner

Wednesday, Dec 6, 2017

* Emptying my in-box here. From the DGA…

It’s Day 3 of Governor Bruce Rauner’s new reelection strategy – “I’m not in charge” – and Rauner’s office has been hard at work reinforcing the new slogan. In the past two days, two different no-bid contracts awarded by Rauner’s administration have been shut down, and the Governor was somehow not aware that the United States Senate passed a major tax overhaul.

Yesterday, the Associated Press reported the State’s Procurement Officer cancelled a $12.5 million no-bid contract with McKinsey & Co., a consultant that “maintains a direct line of communications” with Rauner’s office, for violating procurement rules. The contract is related to the $63 billion state Medicaid managed care transition, which inexplicitly jumped $23 billion in costs that the administration will not explain. The Associated Press said the cancellation is “likely unprecedented.”

And this morning, the Department of Children and Family Services announced it was ending a “high-profile” data mining program that failed to keep children safe. The deal was one of a “series of no-bid deals” awarded under disgraced former Director George Sheldon. In May, Sheldon resigned in disgrace but Rauner reportedly urged him to stay on.

For his own part, Rauner did not know that a major federal tax overhaul passed the United States Senate just days before. The Governor is clearly not in charge.

“Bruce Rauner seems intent on reminding voters of his administration’s failures,” said Illinois Communications Director Sam Salustro. “Rauner wants to deflect blame for the state falling behind but his office’s missteps clearly show that the Governor is the problem. Illinois families see the state fall behind every day, and will not be fooled by Rauner’s lame attempts to dodge responsibility for his actions.”

* I missed this yesterday afternoon, but here’s the DGA’s react to the governor saying he’s “not in charge”…

“Bruce Rauner would deny his name was Bruce Rauner if he thought it would help his re-election campaign,” said DGA Illinois Communications Director Sam Salustro. “The fact is Rauner has never taken responsibility for the skyrocketing debt, the diminished services or the continued exodus of people and jobs from the state. The more his administration’s failures pile up, the more likely Rauner will deny he’s even been governor for three years.”

* Pritzker campaign…

Bruce Rauner’s secret $63 billion Medicaid deal is under fire after a no-bid consulting contract was voided by the state’s Chief Procurement Officer.

Rauner snuck the $13 million contract awarded to McKinsey & Company into his $63 billion Medicaid deal that has been shrouded in secrecy. Cost estimates for the deal have skyrocketed 57 percent, and it’s the subject of separate House and Senate committee investigations.

“The Rauner administration broke state procurement law to sneak in a $13 million no-bid contract into Medicaid reform,” said Pritzker campaign spokeswoman Jordan Abudayyeh. “This deal reeks of the incompetency and unethical maneuvering that Illinoisans have come to expect from the Worst Republican Governor in America and it’s time Bruce Rauner gives voters the answers they deserve.”

* More Pritzker campaign…

Today, Crisis Creatin’ Rauner continues RAUNER TOP FIVE, a five-day series highlighting the lasting damage, misplaced priorities, and embarrassing stumbles that led Bruce Rauner to be crowned: ‘The Worst Republican Governor in America.’

Over 48 hours after the vote, Bruce Rauner was unaware the Senate had passed Donald Trump’s devastating tax plan that’s opposed by a majority of Americans, with 61% saying it favors the rich at the expense of the middle class. But this isn’t the first time Bruce Rauner has failed to stand up to Donald Trump’s hateful agenda. The #WorstGov has also neglected to fight Trump’s efforts to strip healthcare from millions, demonize immigrants, and deport DREAMers.

“The U.S Senate passed Donald Trump’s devastating overhaul of the tax system and 48 hours later the governor of the fifth largest state didn’t even know it happened,” said Pritzker campaign spokeswoman Jordan Abudayyeh. “Bruce Rauner cowers and pleads ignorance as he consistently fails to protect Illinois families from Trump’s destruction.”

* Pritzker campaign’s new Facebook ads…

- Posted by Rich Miller        

12 Comments
  1. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Dec 6, 17 @ 3:53 pm:

    Rauner looks like Roy Moore, minus the cowboy hat.


  2. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Dec 6, 17 @ 4:12 pm:

    That Medicaid deal needs a clear and thorough airing to get the stank out.

    It’s not just all those no-bid consulting contracts to McKinsey (which definitely need some sunshine) but the fact that the administration was off by $20B on its estimate just a few days before the contracts were awarded.

    Something really stinks there. And that’s serious money.


  3. - ImissBentohs - Wednesday, Dec 6, 17 @ 4:21 pm:

    As someone who dislikes Trump even more than I did in the 80’s (something I thought impossible), I must wonder, is evoking him into this campaign a positive for JB? Or could that backfire and be a positive for Rauner?


  4. - Duopoly - Wednesday, Dec 6, 17 @ 4:24 pm:

    =Something really stinks there. And that’s serious money.=
    No worries. If there we’re something amiss we would have heard about already from Generals Mautino, Madigan, or the CPO. /s


  5. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Dec 6, 17 @ 4:26 pm:

    =Something really stinks there. And that’s serious money.=
    No worries. If there we’re something amiss we would have heard about already from Generals Mautino, Madigan, or the CPO. –

    The contracts were awarded last week, dude. Might take a little longer.


  6. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Dec 6, 17 @ 4:41 pm:

    Mautino still in office…what’s become of investigation? I obviously missed something


  7. - JS Mill - Wednesday, Dec 6, 17 @ 7:40 pm:

    $20 billion is a nice piece of pension debt. Instead it is a rounding errror for Rauner and crew?


  8. - West Side the Best Side - Wednesday, Dec 6, 17 @ 8:26 pm:

    ImissBentohs- Glad to know I’m not the only one who couldn’t stand Trump going back to the 80’s. P


  9. - West Side the Best Side - Wednesday, Dec 6, 17 @ 8:30 pm:

    Forget the extra free-standing letter. When I want something to hit

    Forget the extra free-standing letter


  10. - Generic Drone - Wednesday, Dec 6, 17 @ 10:43 pm:

    J S Mill hit the nail on the head. That kind of money would sure help the pension debt.


  11. - Rabid - Thursday, Dec 7, 17 @ 4:18 am:

    nice, all things Rauner can’t respond to because he has no defense for his actions, missed calling him a boldface liar


  12. - Rabid - Thursday, Dec 7, 17 @ 4:33 am:

    Nice list of Bruce’s recent accomplishments


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