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Personal PAC endorses Pritzker

Thursday, Jan 11, 2018

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Today, Personal PAC endorsed JB Pritzker for governor. For nearly 30 years, Personal PAC has fought to protect and advance reproductive rights for women in Illinois. With the endorsement, Personal PAC joins Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth, the Illinois AFL-CIO, and over 30 individual unions in support of JB Pritzker.

“With Donald Trump trying to dismantle women’s rights in Washington, and with Bruce Rauner failing to stand up to him in Springfield, we are in the fight of our lives to defend women’s rights in Illinois,” said JB Pritzker. “I am so proud to stand with an organization on the frontlines of that fight. The women and men at Personal PAC are fierce and unwavering advocates for women’s health and the right to choose. When HB 40 came before Bruce Rauner’s desk, we stood together and demanded that Bruce Rauner sign it into law. Together, we will keep fighting for women’s rights in every corner of this state. Personal PAC knows how to win and that’s exactly what we’re going to do in this election.”

“Personal PAC is proud to join U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth, U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos, Mike Quigley and Luis Gutierrez, Secretary of State Jesse White, Comptroller Susana Mendoza, Treasurer Mike Frerichs, HB 40 Sponsors Senator Heather Steans and Representative Sara Feigenholtz, Chicago City Clerk Anna Valencia, Chicago Treasurer Kurt Summers, Illinois AFL-CIO, Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT), Illinois Education Association (IEA), Illinois Democratic County Chair’s Association and many others throughout Illinois in uniting behind JB Pritzker as the strongest pro-choice candidate in the Democratic primary and November general election,” said Personal PAC Board Chair Melissa Widen. “JB understands that reproductive rights are under attack in Illinois and across the country, and he has demonstrated a deep commitment to supporting pro-choice candidates, organizations and legislation. JB was a strong advocate for HB 40 and his campaign led a coordinated effort to pressure Gov. Rauner to sign the bill. Illinois needs a real pro-choice Governor who can be counted on to protect women and families at every turn.”

“It has become extremely clear to Personal PAC and most people in the State of Illinois that Bruce Rauner simply can’t be trusted to tell the truth,” said Personal PAC President & CEO Terry Cosgrove. “While Governor Rauner eventually did the right thing by signing HB 40, he took every conceivable position on the bill in the space of months, told different people different things at the same time, caused pro-choice advocates to spend countless hours and dollars getting him to keep his original written promise until he finally signed the bill. There is not a single pro-choice advocate in Illinois who can say with any certainty that if Gov. Rauner were re-elected, he would oppose the efforts to repeal HB 40. He sadly cannot be trusted to keep his word from one day to the next. On the other hand, Personal PAC has every confidence that JB Pritzker’s unwavering commitment to reproductive justice over several decades will ensure that Pritzker will be a pro-choice Governor that Illinois will be proud of every single day.”

* This probably didn’t help Rauner’s case, either

Facing a primary challenge amid Republican unrest over his expansion of taxpayer-funded abortions, Gov. Bruce Rauner is offering a new answer to why abortion opponents should support him: Look at what his wallet has done.

“I am the strongest supporter of candidates for office who are pro-life. Nobody has worked harder to elect pro-life Republicans than I have and I remind everybody of that. I have fought hard,” Rauner said Friday on WJPF-AM 1340 in Herrin when asked what he was telling angry social conservatives.

“I supported Bill Brady when he ran. I’m supporting Erika Harold,” the governor said of the unsuccessful 2010 GOP candidate for governor and current Republican contender for attorney general, respectively. “I’m supporting legislators who are pro-life. I am a strong ally and strong supporter for pro-life candidates.”

- Posted by Rich Miller        

27 Comments »
  1. - Perrid - Thursday, Jan 11, 18 @ 9:26 am:

    Rauner’s stance is certainly confusing on abortion. I think I believe him when he says he personally is pro-choice, but he clearly is very willing to compromise on that issue, so he must not feel that strongly about it.


  2. - Fixer - Thursday, Jan 11, 18 @ 9:32 am:

    While I might personally disagree with HB 40, I understand that others don’t have those same beliefs. That being said, I am glad to see someone finally call the governor out for his doublespeak. Playing both sides is typically a very bad idea, as you end up in a situation like this where both are burned by the behavior.


  3. - City Zen - Thursday, Jan 11, 18 @ 9:36 am:

    How is the Personal PAC related to the Personal PAC Independent Committee to which JB contributed $298,200 back in May?


  4. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jan 11, 18 @ 9:36 am:

    ===“I am the strongest supporter of candidates for office who are pro-life. Nobody has worked harder to elect pro-life Republicans than I have and I remind everybody of that. I have fought hard,” Rauner said Friday on WJPF-AM 1340 in Herrin when asked what he was telling angry social conservatives.===

    You can’t ride two horses with one… body.

    Rauner is a coastal limousine liberal, that neither side can trust as an honest broker in social agenda issues.

    Both sides snubbing Rauner is probably the most honest thing both sides could do for their constituencies.


  5. - Nortorious RBG - Thursday, Jan 11, 18 @ 9:38 am:

    I don’t think his stance on abortion is confusing at all - before the election, we saw his true colors. Once he was in office - but clearly not done campaigning - we saw his true colors. It was pandering, plain and simple. The man will say or do whatever he thinks he has to for votes… until his wife puts her foot down and makes him sign a bill that she supports.


  6. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jan 11, 18 @ 9:43 am:

    ===“I am the strongest supporter of candidates for office who are pro-life. Nobody has worked harder to elect pro-life Republicans than I have and I remind everybody of that. I have fought hard,” Rauner said Friday on WJPF-AM 1340 in Herrin when asked what he was telling angry social conservatives.===

    … ‘cept for that pesky signature on HB40, that Rauner personally misled a Catholic Cardinal on the intentions of the Bill.

    Signatures have consequences… and backlashes… and then you’re not trusted and alone and both sides are equally angry.


  7. - Pundent - Thursday, Jan 11, 18 @ 9:44 am:

    Rauner’s view on this topic is fungible. I don’t think he really cares one way or another and will say and do whatever he thinks is politically expedient at the moment. I think he’s made the calculated decision that in the larger scheme of things this issue doesn’t matter. I’m not saying that’s right or wrong, it’s just the only conclusion I can draw.


  8. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jan 11, 18 @ 9:45 am:

    He is the worst we expect of politicians, and he’s a terrible one at that.


  9. - People Over Parties - Thursday, Jan 11, 18 @ 9:49 am:

    If Personal PAC endorsed Rauner, the only person that would be helping is Jeanne Ives.


  10. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jan 11, 18 @ 9:50 am:

    So Terry Cosgrove succeeded; Rauner signed the trap bill and alienated conservatives for nothing.


  11. - Arsenal - Thursday, Jan 11, 18 @ 9:52 am:

    ==Rauner’s stance is certainly confusing on abortion.==

    I don’t think it is; just as “I personally have a religious conviction against abortion, but don’t feel comfortable legislating it” makes sense, so does, “I personally don’t have a problem with it, but respect my constituent’s heatfelt religious convictions and will act accordingly”.

    The problem is with party bases, who understandably want the maximum version of their conviction, and election campaigns that obliterate nuance.


  12. - Louis G. Atsaves - Thursday, Jan 11, 18 @ 11:16 am:

    Personal PAC and Terry Cosgrove endorsed Pritzker?

    I find that shocking. /snark


  13. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jan 11, 18 @ 11:18 am:

    ===Personal PAC and Terry Cosgrove endorsed Pritzker?

    I find that shocking. /snark===

    - Louis G Atsaves -

    You think Rauner deserved the PersonalPac endorsement?

    Honestly asking.


  14. - People Over Parties - Thursday, Jan 11, 18 @ 1:28 pm:

    ===Rauner signed the trap bill and alienated conservatives for nothing.===

    It also gives Rauner’s general opponent one less thing to talk about.


  15. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jan 11, 18 @ 1:30 pm:

    ===It also gives Rauner’s general opponent one less thing to talk about.===

    You mean, other than misleading a Catholic Cardinal and that Rauner’s word isn’t good…

    … you mean other than that?


  16. - People Over Parties - Thursday, Jan 11, 18 @ 1:38 pm:

    If Rauner vetoed the bill, he would be hammered for being anti-choice and anti-women in the fall. Rauner took that talking point away when he signed the bill. You’re enemies only get what you give them.


  17. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jan 11, 18 @ 1:43 pm:

    ===Rauner took that talking point away when he signed the bill.===

    … and made the talking point that he turned his back on pro-life voters, conservatives, and tells Catholics that lying to Blase Cardinal Cupich is who Rauner is.

    Republicans now see Rauner as a costal limousine liberal, Uber-left in social issues, and takes being a Republican as a joke in those thinking that.

    ===You’re enemies only get what you give them.===

    That, again, you can’t trust Bruce Rauner?

    Ok.

    Cosgrove and PersonalPac will still go after Rauner, now alienating the GOP Base.

    Rauner should run as a liberal Democrat, lol


  18. - Arsenal - Thursday, Jan 11, 18 @ 2:30 pm:

    ==It also gives Rauner’s general opponent one less thing to talk about.==

    …until he went out and bragged about how much money he gives to pro-life candidates.

    Weird how all of these clever bank-shot strategems of Rauners’ fail as soon as he has to act on them.


  19. - Louis G Atsaves - Thursday, Jan 11, 18 @ 2:31 pm:

    OW: No one deserves Cosgrove’s endorsement. Dishonest tactics. End justifying the means. Rauner walked into his trap. Lesson learned hopefully.


  20. - wordslinger - Thursday, Jan 11, 18 @ 2:43 pm:

    –Rauner walked into his trap.–

    What trap? Rauner signed HB40 on his own free will.

    Geez, you Rauner apologists — Rauner is not responsible or accountable for signing his own name?

    Not exactly a ringing endorsement for his remaining as head of the executive branch.


  21. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jan 11, 18 @ 2:46 pm:

    ===Rauner walked into his trap. Lesson learned hopefully.===

    Was Rauner promised the endorsement for his signature? Is that why he double crossed Cardinal Cupich?

    That would be some news.


  22. - Louis G. Atsaves - Thursday, Jan 11, 18 @ 4:57 pm:

    Dennis Byrne answers it better than I do:

    http://www.chicagonow.com/dennis-byrnes-barbershop/2014/10/as-always-in-this-illinois-election-dont-trust-terry-cosgrove-or-personal-pac-2/


  23. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jan 11, 18 @ 5:00 pm:

    - Louis G. Atsaves -

    Again, the only way trust here works is if Rauner cut a deal with Cosgrove to double cross a Catholic Cardinal.

    Is THAT what you’re saying?

    Use your words.


  24. - Frankly - Thursday, Jan 11, 18 @ 5:23 pm:

    A damn shame they endorsed Pritzker instead of the person who has actually been fighting for HB40 and other women’s rights legislation - Daniel Biss.

    Very disappointed in this organization right now and will have to find a new place to put my support.


  25. - wordslinger - Thursday, Jan 11, 18 @ 5:57 pm:

    –Dennis Byrne answers it better than I do:–

    That’s pretty sad, as he literally doesn’t say anything in the link you provided.

    Again, how was Rauner “trapped” into signing HB40? Can’t control his own hand or something?


  26. - Chris Widger - Friday, Jan 12, 18 @ 12:50 am:

    ==that Rauner personally misled a Catholic Cardinal on the intentions of the Bill.==

    Is it better to mislead non-cardinals? Incredible how liberals have no quarter for the Church until it further perfidious ends.


  27. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Jan 12, 18 @ 7:53 am:

    ===Is it better to mislead non-cardinals?===

    Really? So you think lying to the head of the church is ok, “because no respect”

    Speaks volumes about you, actually.

    ===Incredible how liberals…===

    I’m not a liberal. I am a Catholic and lying to the Cardinal is something that someone who lacks character does, like Rauner.

    “Incredible how liberals…”

    Also, don’t project. In reality, Bruce Rauner’s social agenda is that of a uber-left, costal limousine liberal… with taxpayer funded abortions, sanctuary state, and criminal justice reforms, agenda items liberals (vs conservatives) dream Dem governors would support, and Rauner championed ALL three.

    Know what you speak.


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