Today, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle endorsed JB Pritzker for governor. President Preckwinkle joins U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth, Secretary of State Jesse White, State Treasurer Mike Frerichs, Comptroller Susana Mendoza, Chicago City Clerk Anna Valencia, and Chicago City Treasurer Kurt Summers in supporting JB’s campaign to defeat Bruce Rauner.
“Toni Preckwinkle has worked tirelessly for Cook County and I’m so proud to have her endorsement,” said JB Pritzker. “From strengthening the county’s healthcare system to reforming its criminal justice system, she has shown a deep commitment to serving the people. While Bruce Rauner slashes funding for critical services and tries to pit communities against each other, I will be Toni’s partner in the work ahead to invest in our communities and lift up Illinois families. I will be a governor who listens, brings people together, and moves our state forward and I am so proud to have Toni Preckwinkle’s support in this campaign.”
“I’ve seen JB’s record and I know what’s in his heart,” said Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. “This is a leader who has been there for our communities. From expanding early childhood education and providing school breakfasts to low-income students, to supporting critical organizations like the Center on Wrongful Convictions, the DuSable Museum, and After School Matters, JB has done the real work to build opportunity in our communities. Right now, the only question our community should be asking is who has a record of showing up for us, and I truly believe that JB is that leader.”
*** UPDATE 1 *** From the ILGOP…
Just wanted to flag for you that Toni Preckwinkle has already endorsed Pritzker. See the attached video from WTTW on 10/16/17. It’s a bit disingenuous for them to claim that it’s a new endorsement.
…Adding… The Pritzker campaign accurately points out that they never issued a formal endorsement by Preckwinkle until today.
[ *** End Of Update *** ]
* Meanwhile, this campaign press release sure makes it look like Biss will get the NASW nod today at 10…
On Wednesday, February 7, Daniel Biss will hold a press conference with the Illinois chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).
WHAT: Press Conference with NASW
WHEN: Wednesday, February 7, 10 - 11 a.m.
*** UPDATE 2 *** Press release…
Today, at a press conference in Springfield, the Illinois chapter of the National Association of Social Workers announced their endorsement of Daniel Biss and Litesa Wallace for Governor and Lieutenant Governor of the State of Illinois.
“We’re proud to endorse Daniel Biss for governor,” said NASW IL Legislative Affairs Director Kyle Hillman. “Social workers have been on the frontlines of the budget crisis, and we know there’s no forgiving Bruce Rauner for the chaos and destruction he’s brought our communities. At the same time, we know many of our problems began before Bruce Rauner: access to care has long been restricted along lines of race, class, and geography, and decades of lawmakers have failed to raise the revenue necessary to secure funding for social services from one year to the next.
“We’re with Daniel because we’ve seen him take on our broken system as he’s led the fight for a progressive income tax and because he has a track record of passing meaningful reforms, such as banning the unscientific and incredibly damaging “conversion therapy” for minors and allowing social workers to be reimbursed by Medicaid. We’re proud to stand with him in this race, just as he’s stood with us for years.”
“I’m proud to receive the endorsement of the Illinois chapter of the National Association of Social Workers,” said Daniel Biss. “We’ve collaborated for years to resist Bruce Rauner’s budget cuts and develop policies to support social workers and the families they serve, and I was honored to be chosen as the NASW IL legislator of the year in 2017. However, as proud as I am of the work we’ve done together, I’m also frustrated at how our agenda has been stifled by Bruce Rauner, his budget crisis, and the broken political system he represents. I’m running for governor to change what’s possible—for social workers, and for middle-class and working families all across our state—and looking forward to working with NASW IL in years to come to make our progressive vision a reality.”
Gov. Bruce Rauner has won the endorsement of the Cook County Republican Central Committee over challenger state Rep. Jeanne Ives, just as her campaign has been gaining money and recognition.
Cook County was important in the 2014 Republican governor primary, when Rauner prevailed by more than 27,000 votes over his nearest competitor, then-state Sen. Kirk Dillard. Rauner won the nomination by fewer than 24,000 votes statewide.
Though the county is a Democratic stronghold in statewide elections, it also had the most Republican primary voters in Illinois that year. More than 168,000 people in Cook County voted for a GOP candidate for governor in the 2014 primary. […]
On Tuesday, the Cook County GOP announced Rauner got 66 percent of its endorsement vote to 15 percent for Ives. Its statement didn’t elaborate on the remainder.
“But he needs to get on the attack against Rauner and Biss, just to change the subject. When you’ve got his cash, there’s no reason to take these shots without punching back.”
The high road has a lovely view, but it is no longer Pritzker’s best course.
- lake county democrat - Wednesday, Feb 7, 18 @ 9:54 am:
Wonder what JB thinks about Preckwinkle’s use of anti-semitism to launch her career. Guess we’d need a leaked tape to know for sure. Anyway, Preckwinkle’s *support* matters, I’m not sure her endorsement isn’t a double-edged sword coming off the soda tax debacle and with the ongoing spats with Dart and Orr.
Can’t quickly remember where I saw or heard this, but I thought she was already a public supporter. If not, this was a smart one to hold back a little until you needed it to blunt some criticism. Unsure who else they can use going forward depending on what’s on the rest of those tapes.
Fight in court to get the rest of those tapes. The temporary bad press of litigation is a small trade off for knowing now what is out there. You have the resources. Use them.
This is desperate attempt to stop the damage from the recordings.I don’t think Preckwinkle endorsement matters much. I think Emil Jones, and Toni Preckwinkle are on different levels,as far as support in the black community.
- lake county democrat - Wednesday, Feb 7, 18 @ 10:22 am:
Actual Red: the Sun-Times covered the story more extensively when it happened (they also had a columnist who was pretty firmly in the Evans camp, who alleged worse) - it was a root canal by Conduct before she eventually threw out the story that she had no idea about any of it and threw out the sacrificial lamb. But even if you accept that, *after* the election she opposed an effort to kick him out of the party, so the *best* you can say about Preckwinkle is that the use of naked antisemitism isn’t that big a deal. Anyway, it’s been long forgotten (save Tim Evans and oddballs like myself) - would be great for someone in the media to revisit that story and let voters today decide for themselves: I think her aura as a great reformer and clean politician isn’t quite what it used to be.
==If those are the best negative ads they can cook up?==
Someone- perhaps not Team JB, but someone- can certainly make sharper ads, but do those change the subject if they’re just a more refined version of a previous message? Maybe if they go way over the top, but that seems like trading one problem for another.
Sweet endorsement for JB. This should take the fizz out of the recent allegations and make the campaign trail a bit less taxing.
- lake county democrat - Wednesday, Feb 7, 18 @ 10:51 am:
Mr.JM - As I wrote to Actually Red, my source is the reporting the Sun-Times did at the time. My most specific recollection of that was Vernon Jarrett (I think that was his name) writing about the gap between when someone from Conduct spotted the fliers being posted and the resulting media coverage and his firing/forced resignation. If she didn’t know about it at the time, she surely knew about it as soon as the story broke. I believe she either knew about it or didn’t react immediately because she thought it was justified by what they suspected was coming out of the Evans camp.
And again, even if you don’t hold her responsible for what happened during the election, I don’t see how the post-election attempt to throw him out of the party is that much less offensive. If say a Bruce Rauner campaign worker posted anti-semtiic fliers of Pritzker but was the equivalent of a committeeman in the state Republican party, I think everyone here would condemn the Republicans keeping him in.
Toni’s or Berrios endorsement of anyone is a reason for me not to vote for them. Not sure this is smart, Kennedy/Biss should jump all over this. Pop tax, toilet tax appeal. etc..
And for anyone endorsing JB, how can you when you don’t know what the next drip from the Trib. is going to bring?
- lake county democrat - Wednesday, Feb 7, 18 @ 11:10 am:
Mr. JM: I don’t see those as inconsistent with what I recall from Jarrett. The Trib article indeed says the party tried to kick him out - my recollection includes a report that she wouldn’t join that effort, and as I said, I recall Jarrett calling Preckwinkle out on the lag, not that he was never forced out.
That said, I do agree that at a minimum for the campaign part, which was my initial post, I should have better documentation or couched it as opinion. Until I can get to CLC library, which has LexisNexis Academic which I think has the Sun-Times, consider that part retracted, and I promise to revisit this with either a cite or a mea culpa.
You know that isn’t true. Good candidates know their own Oppo better than anyone. They gave an indication that they have no idea what else might be out there more in tapes.
===I don’t know what oppo is out there on Biss, or who has it. But I’m more confidant in JB’s ability to fight back when necessary.===
Biss has a better idea than Pritzker right now on his own Oppo, and Pritzker right now seems to be doing the minimum to get back on track but can’t prepare for things they don’t know what coming or be goid at preparing for it too.
They aren’t dazzling me. It’s still festering because they haven’t responded by going after Rauner… they are still waiting, for what, I dunno.
==Good candidates know their own Oppo better than anyone.==
But I don’t, nor do I know which candidates candidates have done proper reviews of their own oppo. I know Biss certainly screwed up the oppo research on his running mate, for example. The risk is a little more acutely felt with JB right now, but it’s still there with Biss and (especially, I think) Kennedy.
==They aren’t dazzling me.==
That’s fine, but as I’ve stated, I’m not sure your recommended course of action would have the desired effect, anyway. OTOH, I think they did a great job when Rauner first went negative on JB. And I think Biss has done a lousy job with Rosa and pensions.
I think JB not knowing what he said to a lunatic x years ago is reasonable. But when that lunatic is a foul mouthed disaster and your courting an appointment from said lunatic, you can guess, whatever you said, probably not going to sound good. If your explaining, its not going well.
Kennedy/Biss need to paint JB into a corner with Madigan/Preckwinkle/Berrios & Blago, just don’t know if they have the $ to pull it off.
JB needs to stay away from all of them, more Jessie White less Toni.
- lake county democrat - Wednesday, Feb 7, 18 @ 11:43 am:
Word: First point taken - we’ll see how shaky my recollections are but the criticism is deserved. Second point not taken: I think antisemtism believably pinned on your opponent does have power in Hyde Park, and given what a squeaker that election was it didn’t have to be a “big” vote getter.
Biss getting the endorsement of the NASW reminds me of a line from the great series “ROME”……Marc Antony “….uuuuu, now if you could only get the backing of the Lictors Guild, you have this sewn up…”. (Slight paraphrasing toward the end).
The key to the oppo on JB is, uh, JB. And he doesn’t remember. Yikes.
Might be time for him to get some hypnosis to get some recall on what else might be in the can on this. What’s striking right now is that he appears to be as genuinely surprised at the sound of his own voice as everyone else listening.
That’s messed up dude.
I know it’s been a while since the tapes but how many chats did he have with Blogo to not remember what he said? I’m sure he thought long and hard about his conversations back when his phone a friend was arrested. How can he not know what’s still out there?
Also, for some reason I can’t respond to your previous post? Let me try again…
While “good canidates” may know their own oppo, they don’t share it with me, nor do they label themselves “good” or “bad” candidates. The risk is more acutely felt with JB right now, but…it’s not like Biss nailed the oppo on Rosa.
I don’t know how “dazzled” I am, but I thought JB’s response when Rauner went negative was good. OTOH, I thought Biss’ response on Rosa and pensions was lousy. So I remain more confident in one than the other…though I reserve the right to constantly re-evaluate.
@OW; agree they don’t know what, but they have a good idea on where. JB should buy the trib., if the LA Times went for 500 mil cash, he could do that w/out going to the bank. Then 1.) he’d know & 2.) when/if he loses he could turn it into a wapo type credible paper.
But if another candidate says they’re sure nothing else is out there, I have no way to verify that. And with someone like Biss, well, he’s already demonstrated a failure to do oppo. The risk is present with all of them, even if the risk with JB is top of mind right now.
When he said he’s not sure if there are more tapes, I took that as there definitely being more out there. And at his press conference he called for everything to be released, implying there are more. If he had so many conversations with Blago that he can’t remember what all of them were about and what was said… yea that’s gonna be a problem.