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Pritzker’s new ad touts his Sun-Times endorsement

Wednesday, Feb 28, 2018

* Press release…

Today, the JB Pritzker campaign released a new TV ad, “Lead the Charge,” featuring the Chicago Sun-Times resounding endorsement of JB in the Democratic primary.

In the endorsement — which Capitol Fax called “one of the strongest I’ve ever seen for anyone” — the Chicago Sun-Times acknowledged that JB is best candidate to beat Bruce Rauner and praised his leadership and vision for Illinois.

“I’m so honored to receive the endorsement of the Chicago Sun-Times, and when I’m governor, I will lead the charge to put Springfield back on the side of working families,” said JB Pritzker. “Bruce Rauner has decimated this state’s future, but I’ll be a governor who works hard every day to create jobs across Illinois, expand healthcare, and invest in education so every community can thrive. This is a grassroots, statewide campaign ready to win this primary and beat Bruce Rauner in November.”

Man, do I ever hate being included in press releases like that, but I stand by my comment. That nod was super strong.

* The ad

* Transcript…

The Chicago Sun-Times endorses JB Pritzker for governor, praising JB’s achievements in both the private and public sectors.

JB’s future-focused approach to economic development is precisely what Illinois needs.

He offers Democrats the best chance to defeat Bruce Rauner.

And JB has a plan to properly fund public education that would ease the pressure on property taxes.

JB Pritzker has what it takes to lead the charge.


* Meanwhile, from yesterday…

Today, the JB Pritzker campaign released a new Spanish language TV ad, “Un Aliado.” The ad features Congressman Luis Gutiérrez highlighting how JB will be an ally for every community in Illinois by investing in education, expanding healthcare, and standing up to Donald Trump’s attacks on immigrant communities and Dreamers.

“Congressman Luis Gutiérrez is a tireless fighter for Illinois’ families and I’m so honored to have his endorsement,” said JB Pritzker. “As governor, I will stand with Luis as an ally and a staunch advocate for every community in Illinois. Together, we will protect Dreamers from Donald Trump’s attacks, expand healthcare for Illinois families, and invest in the education that Illinois children need to thrive. It’s time for a governor who brings people together and lifts up our communities and that’s the leader I will be in Springfield.”

* The ad

* And from Bloomberg

In his run for Illinois governor, billionaire J.B. Pritzker is investing an average of about $171,000 a day from his fortune to try to win a job that pays $177,412 a year and comes with major headaches.

The same enormous wealth that has benefited Pritzker’s campaign is now complicating what until a few weeks ago looked like an easy victory for him in the March 20 Democratic primary.

Rivals are pointing to his fortune to suggest the Hyatt hotel heir is out of touch with average voters. One opponent, State Senator Daniel Biss, has created an online calculator that pictures Pritzker in a tuxedo and asks visitors to enter their salary to see how quickly his team would spend that amount.

It adds to a separate perception challenge for Pritzker, in a party primary where non-whites are likely to account for a third or more of the vote. A recently released audio recording from almost a decade ago captured Pritzker and then-Governor Rod Blagojevich, now serving a long prison sentence for corruption, making crass comments about several of the state’s prominent black politicians.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Feb 28, 18 @ 10:35 am:

    ===In the endorsement — which Capitol Fax called “one of the strongest I’ve ever seen for anyone” — the Chicago Sun-Times===

    So.. an endorsement from one of the two Chicago daily newspapers wasn’t enough?

    This is a Bush-League, unneeded add on. It’s confusing that the strength of an endorsement from that Chicago daily needs even more zip?

    To the Ad, but not to it’s rating yet…

    So very telling. Three weeks out, beginning closing arguments?

    Rauner is still hammering and shaking Pritzker, unabridged, feeling no pressure to taper unless they, the Rauner Crew decides on their own…

    … and Pritzker is rolling out closing arguments?

    Skyhook worked for a reason. This ain’t Skyhook… but it’s bizarre.

  2. - Nearly Normal - Wednesday, Feb 28, 18 @ 10:51 am:

    Just heard on WGN Radio that JB will be on the Roe Conn show this afternoon. Could be interesting.

  3. - Arsenal - Wednesday, Feb 28, 18 @ 11:01 am:

    Reminds me of the ads Rauner put out at the end of the GE with all of his newspaper endorsements. I hated those at the time, but in retrospect, I think they were effective. Indeed, I probably hated them *because* they were effective.

  4. - Red fish blue fish - Wednesday, Feb 28, 18 @ 11:45 am:

    I’ve seen you reference ‘Skyhook’ numerous times.
    Any chance you could provide a quick brief on what ‘Skyhook’ actually refers to?

  5. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Feb 28, 18 @ 11:50 am:

    - Red fish blue fish -

    No worries… Look in comments here… OW

  6. - Retired Educator - Wednesday, Feb 28, 18 @ 11:54 am:

    I refuse to discount someone for a high position because he/she is rich. I buy lottery tickets trying to get to that kind of wealth. What I care about is what they have done with their money. Pritzker seems to have helped a lot with his inherited money. That can not be said for several of the candidates.

  7. - Christopher - Wednesday, Feb 28, 18 @ 11:57 am:

    –Look in comments here–

    I forgot about “Tick Tock the Budget Clock” LOL

  8. - Original Rambler - Wednesday, Feb 28, 18 @ 4:34 pm:

    When I read that endorsement it really sealed the deal for me. I was leaning JB but I do believe he has walked the talk.

  9. - WLR - Tuesday, Mar 6, 18 @ 4:32 pm:

    May I ask, because I have looked online and can not locate anything, JB’s claims to have achievements in both the private and public sectors - what are they specifically and why is he not touting these?

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