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Ives touts legislative endorsements

Wednesday, Jan 24, 2018

* Press release

This morning, Republican gubernatorial candidate Jeanne Ives picked up endorsements from eight state and local legislators. It is highly uncommon for sitting legislators to endorse a challenger to an incumbent governor from their own party.

Yet this morning, State Representatives Tom Morrison (R-Palatine), Peter Breen (R-Lombard), Margo McDermed (R-Frankfort), and Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee), along with Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Dan Patlak, Naperville Township Commissioner Warren Dixon, and Wheatland Township Trustee Raquel Mitchell joined Ives in a press conference to announce their support for the GOP challenger. State Sens. Kyle McCarter (R-Vandalia) and Tim Bivins (R-Dixon), along with State Representatives David McSweeney (R-Cary) and Barb Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake) have additionally pledged their support for Ives.
The endorsement comes as many party members are rallying behind State Representative, West Point Graduate and Army Veteran Jeanne Ives ahead of the March 20 primary.

Ives adds the support of her legislative colleagues to a growing list, including Northwest Side GOP Club, Wheatland Township Republican Organization, Fremont Township Republican Organization, Republican Organization of Wheeling Township, Chicago GOP, Batavia Township Republican Organization, Wauconda Township Republican Organization, Republican Assembly of Lake County, and Tax Accountability (Taxpayers United of America).

“It is unprecedented to have legislators in open revolt against a governor from their party, said Ives. “The story here is not just my colleagues who are willing to stand with me, but the dozens and dozens more who are with me, but who don’t want to go against the Governor publicly because they have their own elections and other considerations. The numbers of legislators endorsing me combined with those who are sitting out the primary is clear and convincing evidence that Governor Rauner has lost the Republican caucuses in both chambers. As more evidence of this fact, we do have the House Republican Floor Leader here in Rep. Peter Breen.

“We are unified. We all supported Rauner. We all gave him a chance to lead. We all supported the broad strokes of his policy agenda.

“But we quickly learned his words were just words. We learned he didn’t want to do the work, both in terms of policy homework and coalition-building. We learned he was content to play press release politics, just like his wine-club buddy, Rahm. And then the betrayals came, one after the other.

“Across the state, Republicans know that the revolution they were promised in 2014 will not be delivered by Bruce Rauner. We are going to come together and defeat Bruce Rauner. Then, with the help of those with me today, we will deliver the revolution Illinoisans were promised in 2014.”

Individual endorsement videos are here.

* Meanwhile, this could be fun…

* Related…

* Rauner grabs DuPage County support, Ives dubs it “back scratching”: DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin boosted Governor Bruce Rauner with kind words at an event spotlighting Rauner supporters in challenger Jeanne Ives’ Du Page County backyard Monday… Fourteen area mayors sided with Rauner - including Hanover Park’s Rod Craig and Naperville’s Steve Chirico. One of State Rep. Jeanne Ives’ House colleagues - Grant Wehrli - also backed the governor.

* Northwest Side GOP Club picks Ives over Governor Rauner, 2 to 1

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Unreal - Wednesday, Jan 24, 18 @ 4:03 pm:

    And here I was thinking that the HOUSE GOP could not stand her.

  2. - 47th Ward - Wednesday, Jan 24, 18 @ 4:06 pm:

    In other news, Governor Rauner’s campaign announced today that the following legislators would no longer receive any campaign funding…

  3. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jan 24, 18 @ 4:08 pm:

    Dear Ms. Wheeler,

    You just “betrayed” Bruce Rauner.

    You are a phony, thru and thru.

    You can’t leave the General Assembly soon enough.

    Thanks for continuing to vote to hurt Illinois, but pretend your “betrayal” of Rauner here is for a better state.

    What. A. Crock.

  4. - Norseman - Wednesday, Jan 24, 18 @ 4:25 pm:

    The rats deserting a sinking ship.

  5. - PJ - Wednesday, Jan 24, 18 @ 4:30 pm:

    Hah, Breen. Rauner made Durkin dump Andersson for disloyalty, then Breen turns around and endorses his challenger.

  6. - DuPage Bard - Wednesday, Jan 24, 18 @ 4:35 pm:

    I thought Wehrli was one of Ives first signatures?
    Guess he’ll float wherever the dollars tell him to.

  7. - LTSW - Wednesday, Jan 24, 18 @ 4:36 pm:

    “But we quickly learned his words were just words. We learned he didn’t want to do the work, both in terms of policy homework and coalition-building. We learned he was content to play press release politics,”

    Don’t agree much with Ives’ positions, but that quote above hits the nail on the head when it comes to Rauner. Reminds me of Rod.

  8. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jan 24, 18 @ 4:39 pm:

    ===I thought Wehrli was one of Ives first signatures?
    Guess he’ll float wherever the dollars tell him to.===

    Wehrli is a phony conservative. His twitter is a mouth-breather’s dream. When it comes to actually being a conservative, he’ll vote as he’s told.

    ===Durkin dump Andersson for disloyalty, then Breen turns around and endorses his challenger.===

    I’m with Durkin.

    All day, every day.

    When Durkin is “ready”, I’ll know… and I’ll be ready too.

  9. - Just Visiting - Wednesday, Jan 24, 18 @ 4:57 pm:

    Ives endorsement list is also known as the list of least effective legislators.

  10. - Jocko - Wednesday, Jan 24, 18 @ 5:06 pm:

    ==Ives adds the support of her legislative colleagues to a growing list==

    I have a feeling those nine organizations couldn’t fill a Subway’s

  11. - @misterjayem - Wednesday, Jan 24, 18 @ 5:19 pm:

    “Ives endorsement list is also known as the list of least effective legislators.”

    Even so, her legislative endorsements list is still immeasurably stronger than her legislative accomplishments list.

    – MrJM

  12. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Jan 24, 18 @ 5:48 pm:

    How about a list of legislative achievements?

  13. - Blue dog dem - Wednesday, Jan 24, 18 @ 8:26 pm:

    What about the Blue Dog endorsement?

  14. - A guy - Wednesday, Jan 24, 18 @ 8:43 pm:

    ==I’m with Durkin.

    All day, every day.==

    So is Breen.

  15. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jan 24, 18 @ 8:49 pm:

    While Breen admitted he aided and abetted Bruce Rauner, being with Ives and Durkin doesn’t wash.

    Breen is the guy that forced out Rep. Andersson, for Rauner.

    I give Breen props for owning up to the destruction he personally aided and abetted, but Breen… nope… Breen is with Proft and Ives here…

  16. - Ron - Wednesday, Jan 24, 18 @ 9:17 pm:

    So a list of the worst of the worst?

  17. - Union Thug Gramma - Wednesday, Jan 24, 18 @ 10:27 pm:

    OK, far right tea party endorsements? Illinois is blue/purple, not bat sh*t crazy red.

  18. - TheInvisibleMan - Wednesday, Jan 24, 18 @ 10:48 pm:

    Any list that includes the Wheatland Township Republican Organization is not a list you should brag about being on.

  19. - garfield goose - Thursday, Jan 25, 18 @ 5:55 am:

    Well, will love to see the endorsement video, by the Trib, between Jeanne and Bruce. I know for a fact that Jeanne is not the intellectual equal to Bruce.

    Whether, or not, Jeanne’s is more in tune with the Illinois conservative movement, what does matter is Jeanne is not able to at the save level as Bruce.

  20. - Rabid - Thursday, Jan 25, 18 @ 6:53 am:

    if everyone that was betrayed by Bruce, voted for jeanne he would be gone in march. vote against Rauner ASAP

  21. - anonin - Thursday, Jan 25, 18 @ 9:04 am:

    I see, Ives is endorsed by Proft’s peeps. LOL. no shock there.

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