* 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…
* 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