Capitol - Your Illinois News Radar » Rauner pulls “Thanks, Mike Madigan” TV ad after Missouri scandal breaks
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Rauner pulls “Thanks, Mike Madigan” TV ad after Missouri scandal breaks

Thursday, Jan 11, 2018

* Mary Ann Ahern

A campaign ad for Gov. Bruce Rauner featuring embattled Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens will no longer be airing in Illinois, a spokesperson for Rauner said Thursday.

“It was pulled to run the Blago ad and won’t be running anymore,” said spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski.

News of the ad being pulled follows a bombshell news report as Greitens on Wednesday night acknowledged that he’s been “unfaithful” in his marriage. Greitens denied allegations that he blackmailed the woman he had an extramarital affair with to stay quiet.

The Republican governor and his wife released a statement after the St. Louis television station KMOV reported that he had a sexual relationship with his former hairdresser in 2015. The station’s report, released late Wednesday after Greitens gave his State of the State address, said the woman’s ex-husband alleged Greitens photographed her nude and threatened to publicize the images if she spoke about the affair.

The YouTube version also appears to have been pulled down.

* Background

KMOV, leaning on the recorded conversations, reported that Greitens invited the woman to his house and “scared her” by blindfolding her, photographing her and telling her not to talk about it.

The ex-husband described Greitens’ taking nude pictures of the woman as “blackmail,” and he and his attorney, Al Watkins, said they had been in contact with law enforcement recently, KMOV reported.

The woman told her ex-husband on the recording that Greitens apologized afterward and said he had deleted the photograph, KMOV reported.

The ex-husband’s attorney, Watkins, released a statement after they were asked about KMOV’s report.

“When a person in a position of power decides to belly up to the bar, it is always wise to belly all the way up,” Watkins said in an email. Asked for clarification, he continued: “I am strongly suggesting a fully forthcoming acknowledgment of his actions is a far more prudent course to pursue than a statement crafted to minimize his role and the ensuing devastation which inured to the detriment of innocents.”

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Almost the Weekend - Thursday, Jan 11, 18 @ 9:32 am:

    If only Rauner cared as much about veterans as his political career.

  2. - SmartiePants - Thursday, Jan 11, 18 @ 9:35 am:

    Swap in Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds. Greitens came across as awkward compared to Walker or Holcomb.

  3. - Nick Name - Thursday, Jan 11, 18 @ 9:36 am:

    L, as they say, OL.

    Michael Madigan, and the extra-marital affairs he controls.

  4. - HoneyBadger - Thursday, Jan 11, 18 @ 9:37 am:

    @ Almost the Weekend..

    Oh but he has, he has. Spent a week in Quincy, that should make it all better. Played Connect4 too.

  5. - We'll See - Thursday, Jan 11, 18 @ 9:40 am:

    So, Gov Greitens messed up …… “Bigtime”.

  6. - Retired Educator - Thursday, Jan 11, 18 @ 9:41 am:

    Another example of Rauner being unable to get almost anything right. He is a walking disaster, and his own worst enemy.

  7. - hisgirlfriday - Thursday, Jan 11, 18 @ 9:42 am:

    This Greitens guy responding to an allegation he threatened an employee-turned-mistress with revenge porn if she spoke out with a simple statement admitting to a past affair that his wife forgave feels like Kevin Spacey’s response to allegations he assaulted a teen with an admission that he was gay. So tone deaf and so missing the mark of the real problem. Here’s hoping Greitens becomes the pariah in politics that Spacey is in Hollywood.

  8. - wordslinger - Thursday, Jan 11, 18 @ 9:47 am:

    If the dude ever offers to show you how to do pull-ups, decline. Way freaky-deaky.

    I didn’t figure a “traditional values” type who fired rifles and blowed up stuff real good in his TV spots would have a hairstylist.

    Go that ol’ Main Street barber with the pole out front, and he might not be in this mess.

  9. - Ron - Thursday, Jan 11, 18 @ 9:57 am:

    Gosh, all these holier than thou Republicans are disgusting.

  10. - 360 Degree TurnAround - Thursday, Jan 11, 18 @ 9:59 am:

    Thanks Bruce. Hopefully the press asks him about this. Does he anticipate any similar stories about the other governor’s featured in his ad? Did he do any research prior to airing the ad? How long did he know about this affair before pulling the ad?

  11. - flea - Thursday, Jan 11, 18 @ 10:01 am:

    Just think….this fellow had his sights on bigger and better things like the White House. Oh well.

  12. - Chicago Cynic - Thursday, Jan 11, 18 @ 10:04 am:

    Bummer, dude.

  13. - Henry Francis - Thursday, Jan 11, 18 @ 10:05 am:

    This demonstrates the problems when a person running for office is unable to tout his/her accomplishments, or his/her plans, and simply doesn’t have much personal capital in their own right.

  14. - WSJ Paywall - Thursday, Jan 11, 18 @ 10:08 am:

    Rauner needs to rescind the $100,000 contribution he’s made to Greitens. Simple as that.

  15. - Rabid - Thursday, Jan 11, 18 @ 10:11 am:

    leader of the show me state

  16. - don the legend - Thursday, Jan 11, 18 @ 10:11 am:

    “Thanks Mike Madigan.” @fakegovgreitens

  17. - Annonin' - Thursday, Jan 11, 18 @ 10:12 am:

    Lookee here:
    “Greitens is in his second year as governor and had been rumored as a potential presidential candidate. His top campaign adviser, Nick Ayers, is now Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff.”
    NuttyNick has another success story

  18. - hisgirlfriday - Thursday, Jan 11, 18 @ 10:20 am:

    @WSJPaywall - Someone should ask Rauner if in light of these revelations he regrets his support for Greitens and thinks he should resign.

    If JB’s support for Rod is an issue, and it is, so is Rauner’s support for Greitens.

  19. - Say What? - Thursday, Jan 11, 18 @ 10:20 am:

    Rauner is having a bad morning. Take a peek at the Illinois Review headline: “Chicago Republicans reject endorsing GOP Governor for re-election; pick challenger Ives.”

  20. - Macbeth - Thursday, Jan 11, 18 @ 10:29 am:

    So let me get this straight.

    Scandal breaks, and the ad (and YouTube vid) gets pulled in 24-48 hours.

    Disease appears, folks die, and it takes 6 days to notify families?

    If we’ve learned one thing from Rauner’s tenure thus far it is this: those the two above sentences make perfect sense and can only refer to a dude named ‘Bruce Rauner’.

  21. - Not a Billionaire - Thursday, Jan 11, 18 @ 10:42 am:

    Kim Reynolds is not exactly popular….

  22. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jan 11, 18 @ 10:43 am:

    It may be wise for the GOP to jettison that whole family values plank in the platform.

  23. - Tommydanger - Thursday, Jan 11, 18 @ 10:52 am:

    This is unbelievable. I’m shocked and disappointed. Why does a governor need a hairdresser?

  24. - Norseman - Thursday, Jan 11, 18 @ 10:56 am:

    Rauner is cursed.

  25. - Huh? - Thursday, Jan 11, 18 @ 10:58 am:

    “Why does a governor need a hairdresser?”

    Because he doesn’t know how to comb his hair. /s

  26. - Huh? - Thursday, Jan 11, 18 @ 11:04 am:

    “Why does a governor need a hairdresser?”

    His “football” is bigger than blago’s.

  27. - Generic Drone - Thursday, Jan 11, 18 @ 11:14 am:

    Rauner is not in charge of his hair

  28. - illini97 - Thursday, Jan 11, 18 @ 11:31 am:

    The Missouri Republican Governor that ran on “ethics reform” in Jefferson City was blackmailing his former mistress with revenge porn? Fine stuff, there.

    Ethics reform, indeed.

  29. - Shake - Thursday, Jan 11, 18 @ 12:18 pm:

    Republican Family Values..

  30. - Back to the Mountains - Thursday, Jan 11, 18 @ 12:38 pm:

    Add “An extra-marital affair involving a different state’s governor” to the list of things that elicits a faster response from BVR than veterans dying from Legionnaires Disease.

  31. - Grandson of Man - Thursday, Jan 11, 18 @ 12:39 pm:

    Rauner gave $100,000 to Greitens, Uihlein gave $100,000 to a Roy Moore super PAC, Uihlein gave Rauner over $2 million…

  32. - VanillaMan - Thursday, Jan 11, 18 @ 1:47 pm:

    Geitens tries too hard to be believed. His multiple books, his entire focus on image made me suspicious. His wife has her eyes set on bigger things that being First Lady of Missouri, so she’s enabling him.

    He did it. He blackmailed her. He doesn’t do anything without having an escape plan. Nope. He has got to go, now.

    Thanks Bruce for helping get that empty suit elected in Jefferson City.

  33. - G'Kar - Thursday, Jan 11, 18 @ 1:53 pm:

    When Geitens started to run a friend of mine in MO told me that Geitens was a creep. So, there might be more coming out.

  34. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jan 11, 18 @ 2:56 pm:

    Why would BVR pull the ad when according to that Felsenthal profile in Chicago Magazine he cheated on the first wife with the second wife? He clearly doesn’t think adultery makes one unfit for office.

  35. - Hyperbolic Chamber - Thursday, Jan 11, 18 @ 3:04 pm:

    What is this GOP gubernatorial fixation with duct tape?

  36. - 47th Ward - Thursday, Jan 11, 18 @ 3:08 pm:

    ===He did it. He blackmailed her.===

    Allegedly slapped her too. Heck of a guy Rauner pals around with, don’t you think?

  37. - Arsenal - Thursday, Jan 11, 18 @ 4:07 pm:

    ==He clearly doesn’t think adultery makes one unfit for office.==

    I actually don’t either, but maybe he thinks the blackmail and assault allegations are a step too far. I’d agree with him on that, too.

  38. - Rabid - Friday, Jan 12, 18 @ 7:45 am:

    Rauners creepy duct tape spots make since now

  39. - Rabid - Friday, Jan 12, 18 @ 8:04 am:

    Who’s mouth did Rauner want some tape on

TrackBack URI

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.

* *** LIVE *** Session coverage
* Question of the day
* Madigan on GOP: "They don't wanna talk about their record because they don't have a record"
* Lottery sells tickets even after all prizes have been claimed
* It's just a bill
* This isn't about "family heritage"
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Because... Madigan!
* Don't believe everything you read
* Pritzker hopes to unload casino stake by December
* A Dock Walls, Jim Tobin gubernatorial ticket?
* Sun-Times makes "urgent appeal" for subscriptions, bashes Tribune
* *** UPDATED x1 *** "The family had a lot of buffers"
* Budget hype and budget facts
* Federal rules protecting net neutrality expire today! Support House Bill 4819
* *** UPDATED x1 - Brady: "It's not my firm" *** Rauner campaign paid Pat Brady's firm for consulting
* *** UPDATED x1 - Rauner responds *** Chuy Garcia endorses Madigan for another term as party chairman
* The going gets weirder with McCann's entry
* Why did Reinking have those guns?
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's stories

Visit our advertisers...









* Michael Madigan Wins 6th Term as Head of Illino.....
* Editorial: Senate's turn to step up for true sp.....
* Madigan re-elected as Illinois Democratic Party.....
* Gov. Rauner's increasingly tough path to re-ele.....
* Michael Madigan Re-elected As Democratic Party .....
* Legislators request Rauner's plan for Veterans .....

* Illinois AG files harassment lawsuit against bus company
* APNewsBreak: Illinois' late fees skyrocket over past 3 years
* The Latest: Shooting suspect made claims about Taylor Swift
* The Latest: Democrats want gun law changes after shooting
* Waffle House slaying suspect arrested after massive manhunt
* Victims of Waffle House shooting include student, rapper
* The Latest: Illinois past-due fees since 2015 top $1B
* Waffle House shooter's guns were seized but then returned
* The Latest: Official: Father could face charges over guns
* Judge asked to reject pipeline protester's evidence request

* Illinois' late fees skyrocket over past 3 years
* Michael Madigan wins re-election as Democratic Party leader
* Champaign-area bus company faces harassment lawsuit
* State paying bills, but not late-payment interest
* Legislators push Rauner for Quincy veterans home improvement plan
* Michael Madigan expected to win re-election as Democratic Party leader
* Statehouse bills would increase drivers' awareness of bike safety
* Proposal would let more voters try to cut property taxes
* Illinois Lottery sells tickets for instant games after top prizes are gone
* Government consolidation efforts gain traction in General Assembly

* Esurance hikes auto rates again in Illinois as customers flee
* Aluminum drops most in 7 years after U.S. signals Russian sanctions relief
* With another $1 billion due, reality sets in at Sears

* Affordable housing advocates have reason to crow over SRO renovation
* Pet perks create happier workplaces for employees
* George HW Bush hospitalized with blood infection: spokesman
* Police: Woman offered to perform sex acts on undercover cop in exchange for cash
* Board of Ed to consider charter school changes to names, locations, managers
* Prince heirs sue Illinois hospital over care during overdose
* Teen charged with threatening gun violence against Naperville high school
* Rules and role changes make retired Bears Devin Hester, Matt Forte one of a kind
* The shameful silence of America’s CEOs
* Mystery on wheels: Cubs’ Ben Zobrist mum on whereabouts of World Series MVP car

* Massage therapist accuses Stan Lee of Marvel Comics of inappropriate sexual behavior in Chicago hotel
* Spokesman: George H.W. Bush hospitalized with blood infection
* Arson charges stand against Elgin woman accused of attempted murder
* Trumps, Macrons bond at Mount Vernon to kick off French president's state visit
* Waukegan residents, business owners complain about 'collateral damage' from PADS Lake County
* Remembering Davey Nelson and the call from WGN-AM 720 that changed his life
* Social media blamed for spike in West Aurora expulsions
* Pennsylvania golf club apologizes after calling cops on black members
* 4 men wounded in Austin shootings
* White Sox teammates encouraged by news on Danny Farquhar, man they have nicknamed 'Google'

» Madigan Elected For 6th Term As Democratic Party Chairman
» Illinois Case Argues Bullet Analysis Is ‘Basically A Guess’
» Mayor Rahm Emanuel Unveils Anti-Sexual Harassment With The Help Of A 'Friend' (Hint: David Schwimmer)
» Student Walkouts; Science And Business At Argonne; Back Pay For State Employees; Illinois Politics
» Illinois Legislators Have History Of Bringing Babies To Work
» How Parents Balance Privacy And Safety For Kids Online
» CPS Plays Matchmaker To Link Teachers With High-Need Schools
» Measure To Expand Online Sales Tax In Illinois Faces Hurdles
» At South Side Cemetery, A Gathering For Confederate Descendants – And Protesters
» Official: Pop Tax Repeal Could Mean Late Tax Bills, Budget Headaches

* Illinois' late fees skyrocket over past 3 years
* Michael Madigan wins re-election as Democratic Party leader
* Champaign-area bus company faces harassment lawsuit
* State paying bills, but not late-payment interest
* Legislators push Rauner for Quincy veterans home improvement plan
* Michael Madigan expected to win re-election as Democratic Party leader
* George Will: Gorsuch strikes blow against administrative state
* Statehouse bills would increase drivers' awareness of bike safety
* Proposal would let more voters try to cut property taxes
* Illinois Lottery sells tickets for instant games after top prizes are gone

* Attorney of ex-husband in Greitens case received $100,000 from unknown source
* 'I'm expensive, I’m not free,' says attorney of ex-husband in Greitens case
* Illinois' late fees skyrocket over past 3 years
* Scott board elections won't change
* Police investigating after 2 bodies found in O'Fallon home
* St. Mary's Hospital holding Earth Day prayer, blessing service
* Roanoke changes special-use permit process
* Women's Choice buys Planned Parenthood property
* Madison County man charged with 17 counts of child sex assault, sharing child porn
* Man pleads guilty to holding up Marion Circle K for $77 and 2 cartons of cigarettes

* Naperville man charged with threatening violence at Neuqua Valley
* Plea deal in works for Glen Ellyn kidnapping suspect
* Wild split with GM Chuck Fletcher after playoff exit
* No indoor amusement center, but U-46 interested in Elgin property
* Carroll: Seahawks still open to considering Colin Kaepernick

* House approves Curbelo, Hultgren bill prot...
* Bustos pushes to make 'blue wave' happen i...
* This RSS feed URL is deprecated
* Rep. Randy Hultgren recognizes Loyola men'...
* US Rep. Randy Hultgren visits McHenry's Pi...
* Are Illinois Congressmen safe in wake of D...
* It's official: If you prepaid your propert...
* A quick look at a few congressional races ...
* Underwood hopes winning primary formula ca...
* Group of Nearly 100 Iranians Stuck in Vien...

* Senators Cling to a Fading Custom Trump's ......
* Sen. Durbin warns educators of risks of fo......
* County official: Anti-poverty services wou......
* Booker, Durbin, Krishnamoorthi Introduce H......
* Durbin, Duckworth demand accounting of All......

* I'm a legislator and a mom. Tammy Duckwort......
* Tammy Duckworth is uniquely privileged, bu......
* Tammy Duckworth makes fertility after 50 l......
* Few mothers could do what Tammy Duckworth ......
* What Tammy Duckworth really just taught us...

* Let the pictures do the talking: Hank Willis Thomas deconstructs the ad game at the Block Museum
* Signs Of Spring
* Oakland’s Once & Future Band stage a battle between obnoxious prog and massive hooks
* The Militarization of Police: When Tyranny Comes Home
* Dog Day brings out the best (in show) to Guaranteed Rate Field [PHOTOS]
* McHenry County township consolidation bill likely to reach governor's desk
* Woman Missing From Buena Park
* Record Store Day 2018: here's what Chicago area shops are doing to celebrate
* When the blues electrified Chicago
* How we got all those pot leaves for our #420Day issue

* IEMA Highlights Role of Volunteers in Disasters
* Governor Rauner activates State Emergency Operations Center in Springfield
* February Flooding Information
* IEMA Urges People to Prepare for Severe Weather
* Governor issues state disaster proclamation for flooding in Iroquois, Kankakee, Vermilion Counties

* Apple Shares New Videos Promoting Apple Pencil Support on 2018 iPad
* Department of Defense's updated cloud-computing contract still is winner-take-all
* LG G7 renders leak ahead of press event
* In a world first, a US veteran now has a new penis and scrotum
* Alphabet records 26 percent rise in revenues for Q1 2018
* Leak shows every side of LG’s G7 ThinQ
* Another new YouTube policy is prompting multi-channel networks to drop smaller creators

* Farquhar 'progressing well' after surgery
* Beck’s back!
* Farquhar 'progressing well' after surgery
* White Sox Weekly Minor League Update: Week 3
* White Sox place Gonzalez (shoulder) on DL
* Beck’s back!
* White Sox place Gonzalez (shoulder) on DL

Main Menu
Pundit rankings
Subscriber Content
Blagojevich Trial
Updated Posts

April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005


RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0

Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller