Representative Jeanne Ives, challenger to incumbent Governor Bruce Rauner, has released a new radio ad statewide. The :60 second spot, Lead the Charge, contrasts Ives record as a conservative reformer with Rauner’s record of betrayal.
Statement in response to Ives ad from Jennifer Welch, Planned Parenthood Illinois Action PAC Chair:
“The latest misleading ad from Jeanne Ives further perpetuates falsehoods about abortion care in Illinois. Ives continues to attack a legal medical procedure by making untrue claims about specific details that are not a part of House Bill 40. To be clear, HB 40 did not include any language regarding when abortions are performed. Illinoisans expect their elected officials to tell the truth. Rep. Ives is falsely representing a law and misleading voters.”
*** UPDATE 3 *** Press release…
The following can be ascribed to Colleen K. Connell, executive director of the ACLU of Illinois:
Seeking the Governor’s office in Illinois, Representative Jeanne Ives seems determined to mislead the electorate. Her campaign’s new radio advertisement ignores the reality that House Bill 40 – passed and signed into law over her objections – simply ensures access to health care (including abortion care) for low-income women and some state workers in Illinois. It did nothing – nothing – to expand or alter when abortion care is legal in our state. She may have opposed the legislation, but she cannot mislead people as to its actual meaning and intent.
Its the message she needs to send. My biggest criticism is that maybe she should practice the script a few times before hitting the record button on her kids American Girl tape recorder. It sounds like she recorded it on a first take in the bathroom.
While I would agree that Ives helps Rauner look more moderate I don’t think that look will help him. Anyone is going to look more moderate in comparison to Ives. What she clearly does is underscore that Rauner isn’t at all conservative. The effects of that are far more damaging particularly if it suppresses votes in November. Rauner was able to stay in the middle of the fairway last time being just conservative and/or moderate enough.
This time around Rauner needs rock solid conservative support and whatever moderates he can cobble together to have any chance at success. If conservatives don’t show up in November simply pointing a finger at Madigan won’t be nearly enough.
I thought “economic liberty” was a suggestion that Rauner was not doing enough to bash unions, and I found that sort of amusing.
That being said, in reading the comments and reviewing her last ad, I now believe those who think it means she favors discrimination against gays are probably correct. She sure does dislike certain voters.
She is going to continue to do damage. Rauner is vulnerable, and has a very poor history regarding the Republican platform. Her constant reminders can not help but leave a very dark mark. She wants him beat, by her if possible, but anyone else will do.
Despite his rhetoric, Proft is an opportunistic nihilist. One need only look at his work history to understand that. Unless of course, someone in this state believes that actual Republicans run Cicero.
- Small town taxpayer - Wednesday, Feb 7, 18 @ 12:09 pm:
“Rauner betrayed conservative families”
During his election campaign Gov. Bruce Rauner very clearly assured voters on many occasions that he had “no social agenda.” He therefore cannot have betrayed anyone, either liberal or conservative, with his actions and inactions on various social issues. If you make no promises then there are no promises to break.