Rick Pearson: Do you as governor bear any moral responsibility for those deaths? Moral responsibility.
Gov. Rauner: Um, I’ll tell you this, it’s heartbreaking that any, anyone should have suffer, um, a health challenge or, uh, be exposed to a bacteria. Um, and we are taking every step we can, every step we can to keep our veterans safe and reviewing every option and being as aggressive as, as possible with every expert from around the nation.
Rick Pearson:As governor, do you bear any moral responsibility for what happened to those deaths in Quincy?
Gov. Rauner: Bottom line, I work every day to support our veterans. They are our heroes and I will never ever back down or give up on fighting and workin’ to keep our veterans safe.
Amanda Vinicky: Have you reached out to the families?
Gov. Rauner: I have been to that veterans’ home several times, meeting with the veterans and meeting with their families. And Erica Jeffries, our director of our veterans administration, has been constantly reaching out and talking to members of the families, the veterans and their representatives.
…Adding… Video of his answer to the first question is here. He seems to shrug it off.
In 2014, Candidate Rauner, talking about the DCFS tragedy made the following remarks;
===“Pat Quinn is, in the end, responsible for the failings at the Department of Children and Family Services. If it was a one-year problem or a temporary problem you could say, ‘OK, maybe, there was, it’s not really his responsibility.’ But he’s been governor for six years. He’s had a revolving door of failure at Department of Children and Family Services for years and years,” Rauner said.===
Governors are held responsible, according to Candidate Rauner.
Nice Quinn catch, OW. Each day brings fresh opposition fodder for J.B. BR is more Trump-like each day. He seems exhausted and just goes to the same “because everyone but me” line when a tough question is posed. I’m still blown away he sticks with the “I’m not in charge” line. Dude. You’re the freaking Governor. My goodness. Illinois politics is embarrassing.
A bacterium, bacteria is plural. But hey not a virus. The sorry state here is that this is an old story, where repairs did not work. I think most leaders would have shut down the facility by now. Not contacting relatives is unacceptable.
===Gov. Rauner: I have been to that veterans’ home several times, meeting with the veterans and meeting with their families. And Erica Jeffries, our director of our veterans administration, has been constantly reaching out and talking to members of the families, the veterans and their representatives.===
Fire off the FOIAs…let’s see the Governor’s daily schedule and Director Jefferies’ State phone records & calendar. We know the Governor enjoys photo opts, but I find it hard to believe that he has “been to that veterans’ home several times meeting with veterans and meeting with their families” and we haven’t seen tons of pictures of him with the veterans or their families.
–Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner today said he blames Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn for the deaths of child-abuse victims whose families previously had contact with the state’s child-welfare agency.–
8 veteran’s in my family. 2 purple heart winners.
1 spent 37 years in military.
At least 1 of the 8 had someone they knew and visited in Quincy and said it was a hell hole and that was many years ago before they both passed on.
I’ll leave it at that since whole subject is too painful.