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Ives campaign releases book about Rauner

Wednesday, Feb 28, 2018

* Press release

The campaign of conservative reform candidate for governor State Rep. Jeanne Ives today released a book entitled The Governor You Don’t Know: The Other Side of Bruce Rauner.

The book provides Republican primary voters a factual history of Governor Rauner’s tenure, bumping his rhetoric up against his policy choices and connecting the dots between the candidate who promised “no social agenda” and an “Illinois Turnaround” with his numerous betrayals.

Authored by Chicago GOP Chairman and Ives Campaign Chairman Chris Cleveland with a foreword by respected conservative State Representative Tom Morrison (R-Palatine), the book provides a succinct and substantiated nine-chapter distillation of an extreme leftist record that Rauner has been able to obfuscate for some with his checkbook.

You can download the book for free by clicking here.

* Included in the new book are some neither-emasculating-nor-sexist-at-all passages like this

Bruce Rauner strongly implied during his campaign that he was a Republican. Though wife Diana was a strong Democrat, it was reasonable for Illinois voters to believe that Gov. Rauner wore the pants in the marriage and would wear them in the Governor’s Mansion.

There appears to have been a wardrobe change. […]

Reports circulated widely that Rauner, true to his campaign pledge, had promised to veto House Bill 40. Among those who received such an assurance was Chicago Catholic Cardinal Blase Cupich. Rauner more than once said he would oppose the legislation because it was “too divisive,” especially as he was in the middle of a critical battle over the budget. Conservatives felt confident that Gov. Rauner had now promised them and effectively promised God that he wouldn’t do anything radical.

But in the end, he chose peace with Diana over the Catholic Church, and he signed the legislation. […]

There was a telling anecdote of Diana’s iron grip on Gov. Rauner in the midst of this battle. Before signing the “free” taxpayer-funded abortion bill, he met with Republican leaders to explain his decision. But he wouldn’t start the meeting until Diana showed up and was seated. It appeared to those present in the room that he was not allowed to speak until Diana had arrived to ensure that he didn’t stray from the decision that they had reached together.

* And then there’s this

(T)here has been a surfeit of “last straws” from Rauner’s term, with each failure (like on immigration) competing to be the most outrageous. Consider:

    • Signing a voter registration measure to automatically enroll people on the voting rolls at drivers’ license and other state facilities when applying for, updating or renewing a driver’s license or state ID. That’s after he had promised a year earlier to veto such legislation.

Um, that bill unanimously passed both chambers, and Rep. Ives voted for it.

* But this isn’t all wrong

That budget battle was a textbook example of how not to govern, of how politicians can dig in their heels while neglecting the public interest. The Democrats (as usual) deserve much of the blame for spending money Illinois doesn’t have. But Gov. Rauner, alleged deal maker and business genius, was simply AWOL when it came to new ideas or strategies. And his rookie political incompetence allowed a HUGE tax increase to pass. His stewardship has been a disservice to the people of Illinois.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

50 Comments
  1. - Retired Educator - Wednesday, Feb 28, 18 @ 2:23 pm:

    I got one in the mail today. I opened the envelope and saw the book. I may look at it after dinner. It doesn’t matter to me Rauner lost my vote long ago.


  2. - City Zen - Wednesday, Feb 28, 18 @ 2:24 pm:

    It was the worst of times, it was the worst of times.


  3. - Memo From Turner - Wednesday, Feb 28, 18 @ 2:26 pm:

    My favorite line “There are private reports that the RGA will move “all in” if Ives wins the primary, seeing her as a star that could upset the Democrat apple cart in the general.” Private reports coming out of Proft’s you know where…


  4. - Anon324 - Wednesday, Feb 28, 18 @ 2:26 pm:

    ==it was reasonable for Illinois voters to believe that Gov. Rauner wore the pants in the marriage and would wear them in the Governor’s Mansion.==

    Does this mean voters should be asking Jeanne’s husband what his stances are? If the man is to wear the pants in the relationship, apparently he is actually the one who will be making the decisions. Grow up, Jeanne and Chris.


  5. - Arsenal - Wednesday, Feb 28, 18 @ 2:27 pm:

    Oh, a BOOK, that changes everything.

    ==“There are private reports that the RGA will move “all in” if Ives wins the primary==

    They would either have to or concede the seat.


  6. - Arthur Andersen - Wednesday, Feb 28, 18 @ 2:32 pm:

    What size box of Crayolas does one need to finish the book?


  7. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Feb 28, 18 @ 2:33 pm:

    –And his rookie political incompetence allowed a HUGE tax increase to pass.–

    I’d believe that was incompetence if Rauner had put up any fight to win the override vote. He had a lot of governmental and political weapons at his disposal, and he didn’t pick up one of them.

    If I recall, some of the Superstars — before they were suddenly escorted out of the building — were celebrating a win-win; all that new money to spend, none of the responsibility.


  8. - Curiouser and Curiouser - Wednesday, Feb 28, 18 @ 2:41 pm:

    This is one of the goofiest campaigns I have ever seen. Is it March 21 yet?


  9. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Feb 28, 18 @ 2:41 pm:

    Diana Rauner has been a major stockholder in Raunerism and their purchases of the ILGOP and those Caucuses.

    Diana had every right to see the CEO talk to his workforce. They bought the Caucuses fair and square…


  10. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Feb 28, 18 @ 2:41 pm:

    OW could have written the excerpts relating to Rauner and Pants Wearin’ Diana - hope he gets some acknowledgement in the book. Look, anything that serves to further expose, and ultimately destroy Rauner’s political life is a best seller in my book.


  11. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Feb 28, 18 @ 2:41 pm:

    Smart move for a campaign to spend money on…….if this were the 19th Century


  12. - Nacho - Wednesday, Feb 28, 18 @ 2:42 pm:

    ==They would either have to or concede the seat.==

    GIven how many seats they have to defend, the current political environment, and Ives being unelectable statewide, conceding the seat would be better than going all-in on her even if she somehow managed to win the primary.


  13. - Norseman - Wednesday, Feb 28, 18 @ 2:43 pm:

    I hope she gave Rauner an autographed copy.


  14. - A Guy Who Used To Work In Chicago - Wednesday, Feb 28, 18 @ 2:43 pm:

    ==seeing her as a star that could upset the Democrat apple cart==

    HAHAHAHAHA, said no one at the RGA ever


  15. - ZC - Wednesday, Feb 28, 18 @ 2:44 pm:

    Requesting informed commentary from all opposition researchers here, as to the technical chops of the Ives campaign. Snark heavily encouraged (if merited).


  16. - Last Bull Moose - Wednesday, Feb 28, 18 @ 2:45 pm:

    Jeanne steps on her message with small factual errors, such as complaining about a bill she supported. And her tone is off putting.

    She is not much into the winning hearts and minds mode. More the scorched earth and scorching invective style.


  17. - Soccermom - Wednesday, Feb 28, 18 @ 2:49 pm:

    Wow. It is terrible that Rauner signed a bill to make it easier for people to vote. What a jerk!


  18. - Ron Burgundy - Wednesday, Feb 28, 18 @ 2:50 pm:

    Pop-up Book? /s


  19. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Feb 28, 18 @ 2:50 pm:

    ===OW could have written the excerpts relating to Rauner and Pants Wearin’ Diana - hope he gets some acknowledgement in the book.===

    If someone secured the film rights, let me know.

    I think I’m listed under a pseudonym Oliver Wright… you have to look for it…


  20. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Feb 28, 18 @ 2:50 pm:

    == Included in the new book are some neither-emasculating-nor-sexist-at-all passages like this…==

    Peter Pan Proft and his Lost Boys and Girls never grow up. But for them, “Neverland” means the political wilderness they’ll remain outside of elected statewide office.

    I assume they lack self-awareness, but are there no grown-ups in their world who can tell them how embarrassing and juvenile their public personalities are? Are they all about self-gratification?


  21. - old time golfer - Wednesday, Feb 28, 18 @ 2:59 pm:

    It reads as if Cleveland was some big player in helping Rauner become Governor. He wasnt with Rauner in the primary and his choice was simple, get on board or get out of the way.
    Now if he really thinks he can make a candidate Governor, perhaps instead of writing a comic book he should work harder for Ives.
    His time would perhaps be better served…


  22. - Hamlet's Ghost - Wednesday, Feb 28, 18 @ 3:02 pm:

    is there any scenario that allows Chris Cleveland to walk this back, assuming Rauner wins by 20 points next month?


  23. - Pritzker Plumbers Inc. - Wednesday, Feb 28, 18 @ 3:04 pm:

    The sign of a failing campaign is releasing a “book” on your opponent.


  24. - old time golfer - Wednesday, Feb 28, 18 @ 3:04 pm:

    -wordslinger- that will never be topped today, how spot on you are….


  25. - Terry Salad - Wednesday, Feb 28, 18 @ 3:05 pm:

    And yet Ives chose to kick off her campaign with incredibly offensive ads featuring a man in a dress.


  26. - Arthur Andersen - Wednesday, Feb 28, 18 @ 3:07 pm:

    “Before it’s too late”

    Wasn’t that the same tag line the fine fellows in the Chicago GOP used to urge folks to vote against Harold Washington?


  27. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Feb 28, 18 @ 3:13 pm:

    HBO - “Dad’s Home State” - Season 4, Episide 23

    Bruce visits the renovated mansion making sure there’s enough closet space for his costumes in storage. Diana confuses her work PowerPoint, the Mansion PowerPoint, and the Washington DC PowerPoint, mumbles about messaging while trying to sort the three. Diana’s State Employee gathers all Jeanne’s Books laying around hoping Bruce and Diana haven’t seen them. Anne and Hud argue about costumes leading up to St. Patrick’s Day, the Looch highlights his own mentions in the Jeanne Book he keeps hidden. Comedy, 71 minutes.


  28. - TKMH - Wednesday, Feb 28, 18 @ 3:15 pm:

    ==Wasn’t that the same tag line the fine fellows in the Chicago GOP used to urge folks to vote against Harold Washington?==

    Yup, Bernie Epton. I mentioned that campaign in a comment yesterday, coincidentally.


  29. - Arsenal - Wednesday, Feb 28, 18 @ 3:15 pm:

    ==GIven how many seats they have to defend, the current political environment, and Ives being unelectable statewide, conceding the seat would be better than going all-in on her even if she somehow managed to win the primary.==

    Probably, but just understand that that’s the choice.


  30. - Real - Wednesday, Feb 28, 18 @ 3:24 pm:

    Republicans have themselves to blame. He chose republicans because he feels you are the people he could fool the most. Rauner feels all he needed to do to get republican votes was drop his g’s, wear costumes, and talk about Madigan and Chicago.


  31. - Al - Wednesday, Feb 28, 18 @ 3:25 pm:

    Read chapter nine “The way forward”. Clearly Jeannie Ives is just one of many liquor and casino industry approved “leaders”. Candidate Ives believes liquor warehouse monopoly licenses should still be given away for $400 a year. Although we have an epidemic of fetal alcohol syndrome she remains silent and feckless.
    $25k for out of State companies to operate casino monopolies which export hundreds of millions a year cheating our schools and raised our property taxes. Jeanie does not see the Casinos as a problem, as those horrible public schools she hates.
    How are we gonna get ahead when no one save perhaps Anita bedell is ever articulate the operating budgets fiscal crises created by the heavily taxpayer subsidized liquor and casino industry? Sad.


  32. - People Over Parties - Wednesday, Feb 28, 18 @ 3:25 pm:

    Not one ounce of political sensibility. Keep living in your far-right safe space, see how many wins that gets you.


  33. - Responsa - Wednesday, Feb 28, 18 @ 3:26 pm:

    If we could turn the clock ahead and it was June in Illinois already, the weather would be nice, flowers would be abloom, the crops would be planted, the baseball season would be in full swing, and both Primaries from Heck would be done and over. One can dream.


  34. - Real - Wednesday, Feb 28, 18 @ 3:33 pm:

    To add on to my prior comment. This is why Rauner constantly talks about Madigan in every ad. He feels republicans will vote for him by his constantly criticize of Madigan. Republicans you have yourselves to blame. Stop voting based on who mentions Madigan.


  35. - Railrat - Wednesday, Feb 28, 18 @ 3:34 pm:

    Word @ 2:50 well said , interesting also is Madigan money pit local 150 and Proft out for same goal, please note many “Madigan” Mickey Straub supporters also have Ives signs in yards ?! Ain’t it grand ?!


  36. - Ste_with_a_ven - Wednesday, Feb 28, 18 @ 3:42 pm:

    I’d be curious to talk to those who have Ives and Lipinski signs in their yard…wonder how that will work.


  37. - Redraider - Wednesday, Feb 28, 18 @ 3:42 pm:

    Got my book and I have voted in exactly 1 Republican primary in 2014 to stop Rauner. Must say that getting a letter from Jeannie Ives made me feel like I needed a shower. Not someone that I ever wanted to hear from


  38. - Arthur Andersen - Wednesday, Feb 28, 18 @ 3:43 pm:

    Thanks, TKMH. Good to know old AA’s memory is holding up.


  39. - OneMan - Wednesday, Feb 28, 18 @ 3:53 pm:

    In chapter 4 she reveals how she would have prevented the override…

    She would have had one of the people from ‘the ad’ stand in front of Republican lawmakers home’s before the vote. Just stand their silently reminding them of the hobgoblins that will be released if it was overridden…


  40. - Just a RINO - Wednesday, Feb 28, 18 @ 3:56 pm:

    I kind of like that she sent a book! That way when she loses by 20 points her supporters won’t be able to say its only because she didn’t have the resources to get her message out.


  41. - Responsa - Wednesday, Feb 28, 18 @ 3:59 pm:

    After this discussion I was a little worried about what might be sitting on our front porch. But so far anyway the only thing delivered today was a box from Amazon containing cat food.


  42. - walker - Wednesday, Feb 28, 18 @ 4:12 pm:

    Radio show, print and TV ads, newspapers, book — what’s next from Maestro Proft?

    Watch out OWilly, a TV serial cannot be far behind.


  43. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Feb 28, 18 @ 4:17 pm:

    ===TV serial cannot be far behind.===

    That’s probably true, but “Dad’s Home State” has been often replicated, but never duplicated.

    Thankfully.

    Plus, I have “Diana” and “Bruce” on option contracts through January 2023, plus, my option if they “move” to Washington DC in any capacity thru 2032.


  44. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Feb 28, 18 @ 6:50 pm:

    Straight outta Wheaton, the little book was waiting in my mailbox when I got home.

    It has a $1.95 retail price, according to the back cover (so I’m way up on the day, with my freebie).

    The introduction by Cleveland, however, is priceless. He apparently has a self-image as a kind of hybrid Secret Agent Man (betrayed by his own people) and modern-day Mark Hanna kingmaker.

    Stay golden, Pony Boy.


  45. - Chicago 20 - Wednesday, Feb 28, 18 @ 7:29 pm:

    AA - “What size box of Crayolas does one need to finish the book?”

    They only need one red crayon, nothing else works for them.


  46. - Thomas Paine - Wednesday, Feb 28, 18 @ 7:36 pm:

    “Let’s run a mosh pit dancing, extremist black candidate against Obama.”

    “What if we put Rahm in a ballet outfit and kept referring to him as Tiny Dancer?”

    “I know: Sandack, as a jack-in-the-box.”

    “We need something totally in your face offensive, Do we have any bearded transexual campaign volunteers?”

    “you know what Jesus, Ayn Rand and Donald Trump all have in common? Best-selling books.”

    Thanks for everything, Dan Proft.


  47. - Present - Wednesday, Feb 28, 18 @ 8:37 pm:

    I received one in the mail. Let me just say, “I didn’t see that coming”. /s


  48. - Present - Wednesday, Feb 28, 18 @ 8:38 pm:

    Btw I did read the entire thing


  49. - Sheeesh - Wednesday, Feb 28, 18 @ 8:49 pm:

    Got mine in the mail today. Using my Burt Minor letter as its bookmark.


  50. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Feb 28, 18 @ 10:35 pm:

    ===OW could have written the excerpts relating to Rauner and Pants Wearin’ Diana - hope he gets some acknowledgement in the book.===

    After reading the book, the manner it describes things and the words and phrases to explain them… no, I wouldn’t want to claim those phrases or words.

    The only thing this book did for me after reading it is confirm what I know…

    … I know the ILGOP, in any form someone would like to describe, including its structure and finances…

    … is over. There is nothing left now but fractures, subgroups, Raunerites and true believers… and those like me not part of this new… Dis-Order… that will implode on itself as it hopes “Madigan” and Dems can implode first.

    It was a sad read, for me.

    It’s all I thought in dysfunction, while being everything you’d expect in pure fiction, sprinkled around grains of the half truths including the enabling of Rauner so many want absolved for themselves.

    When this all ends, and a rebuilding begins, the ones looking for the Reagan Rule Republicans will know where to find me.

    OW


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