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*** UPDATED x1 - Rauner dodges *** Monday morning shenanigans roundup

Monday, Mar 19, 2018 - Posted by Rich Miller

* From a Proft paper, so no matter how deliciously possible it may seem, just keep in mind that it’s the day before an election

Gov. Bruce Rauner says he’ll fight for Illinoisans. But only if he wins re-election.

If he loses, Rauner’s wife, Diana, says she and Bruce are out of here.

“Bruce and I are moving to Italy,” a source says she flippantly told a group of “mostly Democrat” women from DuPage County last Thursday.

* The DGA then used the Proft paper story to troll the Rauners in its latest press release, which ends…

The Rauners would fit right in – they’re already wine connoisseurs of the highest degree.

Diana Rauner’s response came from a question about Illinois’ out-migration problem. Under Bruce Rauner, the problem has only gotten worse.

Is Bruce next?

“Given his rock-bottom approval ratings, it’s not surprising that Bruce Rauner is already planning his escape,” said DGA Illinois Communications Director Sam Salustro. “And frankly, Italy’s a great choice. Illinois is worse under Bruce Rauner, so it’s no wonder he’d want to escape the mess he created. This year, Illinois voters are going to be saying – Ciao, Bruce!”

And they helpfully included this pic…

Weird times.

*** UPDATE *** The governor was actually asked about the story today and he dodged the question…



Not a bright thing to say. Also, there’s that laugh again.

[ *** End Of Update *** ]

* Congressman LaHood has said he is staying out of the Republican primary battle, so this was an interesting photo…


* She got the congressman’s name wrong (Ray is the father), but it’s Twitter and we’re all tired, so no big deal…



* The Ives campaign sent me this text message exchange with Mary Ann about Congressman Ray LaHood…

* And here’s a text I received last night from Democratic House candidate Curtis Tarver’s campaign…

Hey, Rich. Loving the shenanigans posts. We have one from today: One of our interns caught a guy putting our signs in a garbage can.

Tarver is running in a crowded primary to replace retiring House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie.

* Pics of the alleged act (which could very well be someone throwing away a sign planted in the public way, making this a Tarver campaign shenanigan)…

They sent a third pic of the guy behind the wheel showing his license plate that I’m not going to post. But the plate of the alleged perp was a variation on the word “enchanting.” I told you that so you could understand the joke they texted: “Well, we’re definitely enchanted.”

       

38 Comments
  1. - 47th Ward - Monday, Mar 19, 18 @ 11:06 am:

    Arrivederci.

    I bet Griff has a nice pad in Tuscany the Rauners can use for a while. Say hi to Silvio Berlusconi for me. You guys should get along great.


  2. - wordslinger - Monday, Mar 19, 18 @ 11:07 am:

    Stealing signs and responsibly disposing of them in a garbage can?

    That’s so Hyde Park.


  3. - Moe Berg - Monday, Mar 19, 18 @ 11:09 am:

    Diana really ought to do a little more research. Italy is a bigger economic basket case than Illinois.


  4. - wordslinger - Monday, Mar 19, 18 @ 11:10 am:

    –The Rauners would fit right in – they’re already wine connoisseurs of the highest degree.–

    More like “whine” aficionados, to the nth degree.


  5. - JS Mill - Monday, Mar 19, 18 @ 11:12 am:

    Mr. and Mrs. Rauner,

    Please don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

    XXOO
    JS Mill


  6. - Big Joe - Monday, Mar 19, 18 @ 11:14 am:

    Maybe Bruce and Diana can look all over Tuscany for Carlo Costanza, Frank’s cousin.


  7. - Leigh John-Ella - Monday, Mar 19, 18 @ 11:21 am:

    Bruce wants to be closer to the Vatican


  8. - DuPage - Monday, Mar 19, 18 @ 11:22 am:

    Dear Bruce and Diana, don’t go away mad, just go away.


  9. - Whatever - Monday, Mar 19, 18 @ 11:30 am:

    And please, please, please take Pat Quinn with you.


  10. - Quill - Monday, Mar 19, 18 @ 11:37 am:

    Italy is in severe economic depression. But I guess big-picture types don’t look at detail.


  11. - RNUG - Monday, Mar 19, 18 @ 11:40 am:

    == Italy is in severe economic depression ==

    Fir the wealthy, that just means the real estate is cheaper …


  12. - Henry Francis - Monday, Mar 19, 18 @ 11:43 am:

    ==I’ve lost 20 pounds, most of my hair.==

    Yah, why would he want to give up all this?


  13. - Pot calling kettle - Monday, Mar 19, 18 @ 11:43 am:

    “I’ve lost 20 pounds, most of my hair.”

    …and all of my ethos.
    …and everyone’s respect.
    …and Madigan kicked my dog.


  14. - Anon35 - Monday, Mar 19, 18 @ 11:47 am:

    Rich, kind of off-topic but, when is the last time you’ve seen so much infighting amongst the Dems, at least, out in the open? I can’t remember for the life of me, then again, social media has changed a lot of what we see.


  15. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Mar 19, 18 @ 11:48 am:

    Why is it good that he lost 20 pounds and most of his hair?

    Sounds like being Governor isn’t agreeing with Rauner.


  16. - Arsenal - Monday, Mar 19, 18 @ 11:48 am:

    This is such a perfect rat-**** from Proft. Rauner’s been wrong-footed for a week now.


  17. - Annonin' - Monday, Mar 19, 18 @ 11:49 am:

    As Capt Fax discerns, the GovJunk laugh ALWAYS precedes a lie. And he opens the day in Hanover Park? A fine town but not known as a media center.


  18. - DarkHorse - Monday, Mar 19, 18 @ 11:53 am:

    My ancestors are Italian, have visited often. What makes the Rauners think they would fit in there? Unless they bought the Ritz Carlton hotel in Florence as just received visitors from the US, and hosted moneyed European aristocrats.


  19. - Anonymous - Monday, Mar 19, 18 @ 11:55 am:

    Coincidentally the same place Hannibal Lecter ended up.


  20. - Wow said I - Monday, Mar 19, 18 @ 11:55 am:

    Do they have their work visas? with all the America first and the great states they have compared Illinois to, why not choose Indiana. Is to bad Italy will just send them back. Pergo…


  21. - DarkHorse - Monday, Mar 19, 18 @ 11:57 am:

    Oh, almost forgot. Rauner is worth about 900x what I am, but (even) I was able to figure out an affordable hair loss dermatologist to go to and nipped my hair loss in the bud. Hey Bruce, if you lose to Ives tomorrow, I’m happy to give you the name and number of my hair guy!


  22. - dbk - Monday, Mar 19, 18 @ 11:58 am:

    I proposed last week that the Gov move to Montana after the election (for the sake of his health), where a couple of his properties and spiffy home are located, but Italy sounds way more fun.

    Also: the Sterling Diner! Love it!


  23. - wordslinger - Monday, Mar 19, 18 @ 12:09 pm:

    –Also, there’s that laugh again.–

    Good thing (only for him) that the guy didn’t take up poker as his retirement hobby. He’d have blown it all by now with that tic.


  24. - anon2 - Monday, Mar 19, 18 @ 12:13 pm:

    Am I the only one a little sad they chose Italy over Bruce’s ancestral home in Sweeden?


  25. - TominChicago - Monday, Mar 19, 18 @ 12:16 pm:

    I am kind of surprised he is not going back to his grandparents’ home in Sweden.


  26. - Nick Name - Monday, Mar 19, 18 @ 12:19 pm:

    Michael Madigan, and the College of Cardinals he controls.


  27. - Anonymous - Monday, Mar 19, 18 @ 12:37 pm:

    When he visits Rome, Cardinal Csupich can make the Papal Introductions….


  28. - Al - Monday, Mar 19, 18 @ 1:23 pm:

    Italy, not so much for Bruce’s love of wine, but rather the Executive Governor Diane Rauner’s love for high end leather goods at discounted prices.


  29. - Rabid - Monday, Mar 19, 18 @ 1:30 pm:

    Home is worth fightin for, unless you lose. No more north shore drinking parties


  30. - Truckin' On - Monday, Mar 19, 18 @ 2:12 pm:

    I’ve always said that BVR didn’t care if he destroyed IL because he would just move off to one of his mansions and leave IL to dig itself out. Now, Diana has confirmed their plan. Wonder what his costume will be in Italy?


  31. - wordslinger - Monday, Mar 19, 18 @ 2:16 pm:

    – Wonder what his costume will be in Italy?–

    Pinocchio, of course.


  32. - Gyp Rosetti - Monday, Mar 19, 18 @ 3:00 pm:

    Bone for tuna, Bruce


  33. - JoanP - Monday, Mar 19, 18 @ 3:13 pm:

    ==“Bruce and I are moving to Italy,”==

    Well, they’d better not go to Bologna: https://www.facebook.com/Madigans-Irish-Pub-1717240418588080/

    Or Pozzuoli: https://www.facebook.com/Madigans-Irish-Pub-253784338148752/

    Or Venice: https://foursquare.com/v/madigans-pub/4bb77294941ad13a27ad20e3


  34. - A Jack - Monday, Mar 19, 18 @ 4:11 pm:

    Perhaps failure sounds better in Italian.


  35. - RNUG - Monday, Mar 19, 18 @ 4:22 pm:

    If they are in Italy, at least Diana won’t be getting dissed to her face on the North Shore gossip circuit.


  36. - Anonymous - Monday, Mar 19, 18 @ 4:51 pm:

    What is the Italian equivalent of droppin’ Gs?


  37. - Mama - Monday, Mar 19, 18 @ 6:28 pm:

    I thought it was illegal to take political signs down and pitch them. No?


  38. - Rabid - Monday, Mar 19, 18 @ 9:53 pm:

    Never going to gain wieght if he keeps regurgitating in his soup


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