After the Democratic Governors Association bought ad time to meddle in the Illinois Republican gubernatorial primary, the Rauner campaign launched a new ad, ‘Conservative Voter Alert.’
“Washington Democrats have teamed up with Mike Madigan’s favorite Republican Jeanne Ives because they know they can’t beat Governor Rauner in November. Governor Rauner’s message of growing jobs, cutting taxes, and rooting out corruption in Illinois has Democrats running scared.” - Communications Director Will Allison
Announcer: This is a conservative voter alert. The same Washington liberals that support JB Pritzker are now helping Jeanne Ives with last-second ads. Why? Because Jeanne Ives has already surrendered to Mike Madigan.
Ives: “We’ll work with Mike Madigan.”
Announcer: Liberals are hijacking the Republican primary in Illinois. They will do anything to keep the Madigan machine in power. That’s why they support Ives.
Ives: “We’ll work with Mike Madigan.”
Announcer: Stop Mike Madigan. Elect Bruce Rauner.
* Meanwhile, National Review has endorsed Ives. Press release…
This morning, the renowned conservative opinion journal National Review, which previously named Bruce Rauner ‘The Worse Republican Governor in America,’ announced its endorsement of Jeanne Ives for Illinois Governor, writing,
Failing to pass the fiscal reforms he promised wouldn’t alone justify his ouster in the primary. But Rauner’s duplicity on the issue of abortion should be disqualifying to conservatives. During the election, Rauner — who is pro-choice, had once donated to Planned Parenthood, and whose wife is an abortion-rights activist — insisted that he was merely running to fix the state’s coffers. He had, he said, “no social agenda.” When a bill to guarantee abortion as a right if the Supreme Court ever overturned Roe v. Wade and provide public money for abortions through all nine months of a woman’s pregnancy began circulating in the state legislature, Rauner said he would veto it. In September, he signed it into law. Pro-lifers who voted for Rauner put their trust in a man who is now forcing them to underwrite third-trimester abortions. His record is not just dreadful, but features a glaring lie.
Which is why Jeanne Ives, a state legislator, is a better alternative. Ives is an underdog and lacks Rauner’s resources, but she is both a superior candidate to the governor and a solid politician in her own right. One recent poll has her just 7 points behind Rauner. For his part, the governor is running far behind the likely Democratic nominee — J. B. Pritzker, a cat’s paw of Madigan — and has been unwilling to engage Ives in debate after an embarrassing showing in a joint appearance with her at the Chicago Tribune editorial office. Illinois Republicans should vote for Ives, the only conservative on the ballot.
In response, Ives said, “I am grateful and humbled to have the support of the leading conservative publication in the country. I thank National Review for understanding the purpose of our campaign and the importance of a small government policy revolution in Illinois.”
While democrats accept the rules of engagement and say nothing when attacked, the gop gain ground by being the first accuser. Kind of like when you were kids, billy kicks you in the shin and you kick him back and he goes and tells the teacher and you get a swat.
One thing is for sure, her name ID is going soar high these next few days. Conservative voters might just be fed up enough that when they vote, they will remember Ives’ name. This ad could backfire on them.
“underwrite third-trimester abortions” - uh, no. Abortions after the baby is viable, around 23 weeks, are illegal for everyone unless the life or health of mother are at stake. And Medicaid and SEGIP already had to pay for abortions where a doctor had documented that it was necessary for the life or health of the mother. What the legislation did was allow the state to pay for earlier abortions without a doctor’s note. And people would still get mad about that, so I don’t even understand why they have to make up stuff about third-trimester abortions.
Everybody knows the National Review is controlled by Mike Madigan.
- Louis G. Atsaves - Friday, Mar 16, 18 @ 9:58 am:
I’ve always had the impression since early voting began that the Ives “Conservative” voters stampeded to the polls and that she would be struggling to crack the glass ceiling that the “base” represents in terms of support. Many of these voters wear the mantle of “deplorable” as a badge of honor.
What these ads represent is the National Democratic Party assumption that the majority of Republican voters are “deplorables.” Those voters do not accept that title and were appalled by the initial Ives “thuggish man wearing dress wanting to get into girls bathrooms” introductory ad.
Ives claims to be within 7. Drury claims to be rapidly gaining. Yet neither of them are releasing their own polls.
These ads may accidentally be helping Rauner here under those circumstances. We will know in a few days.
The Ives ad is good campaign strategy, but this type of play is bad for democracy. If it works, like it did for Akin, you get 8 months of an extremist on the airwaves and in the papers, which just encourages and normalizes the wackos from that party.
With all of the “purity test” types of folks on both sides, we do not need a continued push toward both extremes. D’s and R’s already spend too much time talking about how they are a real progressive or conservative.
I’m not looking forward to a general election where I have to pick between a McCarthy and a Lenin.
The ad isn’t good. Usually they are from that crew, but the dopey music alone indicates it’s not serious, and the crazy “warning” at the beginning signals this one is over the top from the get go.
Apparently this crew is a lot better when they have more time to work. And…the issue they’re facing now caught them by surprise. These guys usually were way ahead of the curve and well prepared for just about anything.
== Ives can claim a moral victory if she exceeds Oswego Willy’s 37.5% ==
With no money, Jim Marter received about 29% of the vote. After spending millions, getting around 37% is not a moral victory - especially if Proft your puppetmaster.
But what all this does — and has done for the past few weeks — is draw a big neon arrow pointing to Rauner’s essential and fundamental impotence.
Even big scary shadows on the front pages of political mailers or moldy faux-biker-club cuts limping with too many American flag pins don’t eradicate the fact that Rauner has — literally — done nothing in the past three years.
Even the calcium deficient old ladies who limp up to him in downstate restaurants and coo and meow and tell him to persit, please persist, because you’re our only hope aren’t gonna help him.
…Tell me again how it is the Republicans that are in disarray and the Democrats will waltz to victory…
You’re probably correct. I guess Rauner will win with his pro abortion, junk bond favoring, Quincy Veteran’s Home supporting, crushing deficit spending loving conservatives who will push him over the top in November.
I think you are right. I think it’s around that number. Not that it matters that much. The GOP in Illinois is toast. Rauner and the conservatives who elected him can pat themselves mightily on the back. Well done. Back to the drawing board.