Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker in a new TV ad continues to hound rival Chris Kennedy for once praising Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner — as Kennedy in his own ad highlights his father and his “ideals.” […]
Kennedy, in January, opined that Rauner “should be applauded” for running attack ads against Pritzker before the Democratic primary. But then he took a step further in his praise for the embattled governor. […]
“We are running a positive campaign while J.B. Pritzker continues to run a negative campaign,” Kennedy spokeswoman Rebecca Evans said on Tuesday. “Chris has said repeatedly that Bruce Rauner threw a million people out of social services. That means he is inhumane. He went two years without a budget. That means he’s incompetent. He is running to defeat Bruce Rauner and his awful leadership.”
Good ad. It’s not too hard to find clumsy soundbites from Kennedy. Had Kennedy been more articulate, organized and dynamic, he might have been able to catch up with Pritzker, despite the deficit of cash.
First, I don’t believe that undecided are breaking Kennedy’s way. Second, this is probably the most devastating ad I have seen in a primary. For unions, progressives, people that don’t like Trump, people that don’t like Rauner, hearing Kennedy say this will be intolerable. I think Kennedy’s chances ended after the fiasco at the Convention. They have gotten worse since. This is devastating.
Kennedy is starting to circle the drain a little bit.
- former southerner - Tuesday, Mar 13, 18 @ 1:14 pm:
Although they aren’t in lockstep on policy Kennedy reminds me too much of Quinn with his stumbling and bumbling routine that would set the stage for a loss in the general.
If Rauner didn’t have the Ives problem he could have been well served by supporting Kennedy via dark money along with a concerted effort to get GOP voters to pull a democratic ballot for Kennedy in the primary.
Pritzker and his whack a mole strategy….certainly not making any friends or building coalitions come the general, should he be the nominee. Regardless of what anyone thinks, both Kennedy & Biss have lots of strong, unwavering supporters who aren’t going to be so quick to jump on #TeamJB, or put in the work they do for either of those candidates. (and I know, they started it first, JB can pay people yada yada- I’m just being observant here).
That ad is not good. What is JB thinking? Airing an ad where his likely general election opponent is actually being praised on the airwaves for at least trying to fix things? I’m stunned at how bassakwards this feels at this critical time with only a week left and so many Dem undecideds. JB should have let this one lie. For JB it’s a C-. For Kennedy it’s a B+ on JB’s dime. You don’t have to like Rauner in the slightest to understand that one of the reasons he won last time was because voters were sick of the status quo. That’s what many viewers who see this ad will understand that Kennedy was recognizing, saying, and vaguely applauding while implying he gets it and he’ll not be status quo either. Chris has never remotely suggested he thought Rauner was doing a good job, has he?
@Soccermom It’s all about Trump. If you’re fired up enough to care about gubernatorial primary, then you’re voting in November. And those people are voting Republicans out. Lots of melodrama but big picture isn’t changing.
I get what he’s doing here (Kennedy isn’t really on our side), and it’s effective in that regard. But I can’t help thinking it cuts both ways–there are a lot of blue collar Dems out there (or at least there used to be) who have watched their jobs go to other states. Maybe there aren’t enough of them left to matter in the primary, but if this airs in places like Peoria, the Quad Cities, Carbondale, etc., doesn’t this make Kennedy look like a reasonable person who recognizes that the way things have gone for the past 20 years in this state hasn’t been all that great for some people? You don’t have to like Rauner to understand that the economy in this state is circling the drain, especially outside of metro Chicago.
Kennedy said this. He said lots of other Rauner talking points. I don’t know why and I don’t care. But he said it and the question the ad ask is whether this is the guy you want as your standard bearer. Imagine the Rauner ads with this. It’s a totally fair and deserved hit.
Seeing how the Governor’s approval rating is south of 26%, an ad where Kennedy praises him is devastating. The Pritzker team finally got it right. WE are a week out. It is time to target both viable opponents. I think a new attack on Biss is coming. Attack until election day, take a breath, then start the assault on Rauner. Ad is a solid A-.
If Kennedy wins there is no way Rauner will use this to attack him, because if he does then Rauner because he is basically saying Kennedy praised the bad guy, and that bad person is Rauner. That won’t promote Rauner vision