* Wednesday, the Rauner campaign released a video featuring JB Pritzker’s Democratic primary opponents trashing him. Today…
Today, the JB Pritzker campaign released a new video, “In Ives’ Own Words.” The video highlights Bruce Rauner’s primary election opponent, Jeanne Ives, holding him accountable for his failures as governor.
“Jeanne Ives and 48% of Bruce Rauner’s own party know he has been a failure as governor, accomplishing nothing and causing real pain across the state,” said Pritzker campaign spokeswoman Jordan Abudayyeh. “As Ives said, Bruce Rauner has ‘lied to everybody about everything’ and Illinois families are ready for change.”
I think I like the Rauner spot better (mainly because Kennedy and Biss were better speakers than Ives).
*** UPDATE *** DGA…
Governor Bruce Rauner barely survived a tough primary battle against state Representative Jeanne Ives and is in need of her political endorsement and support. But it’s pretty clear he’s not getting it yet – Rauner has not spoken with her since the election, and Ives has blasted the wounded incumbent governor in public.
Yesterday was not any better for Rauner. Asked again if he had spoken with Ives, Rauner said no. And Ives told the Daily Herald she’s still withholding her endorsement.
“Bruce Rauner desperately needs Jeanne Ives’ support, but their GOP family feud does not look like its ending any time soon,” said DGA Illinois Communications Director Sam Salustro. “Hundreds of thousands of Illinois Republicans showed their disappointment with Rauner’s failed leadership this week – and he still can’t pick up the phone.”
The 26 second mark had me laughing so hard, I almost fell over.
- former southerner - Friday, Mar 23, 18 @ 9:46 am:
The primary voters didn’t reject Ives by much of a margin and her fire and emotion may help keep some of her supporters home rather than at the polling place in the general. If for some reason the general becomes close then this sort of voter “motivation suppression” can be effective.
It does not matter if you are an Ives fan or not. She got 48% of the vote, so some people will listen to what she has to say. This is going to leave a mark, maybe not a big one right now, but a mark none the less.
I really don’t think these “primary losers trash the winner” videos do much. The voters already rejected Ives, Biss, etc. Why would they listen to them now?
-It was only a 3 percent vote difference between Rauner and Ive’s so I’m not sure you can say Ive’s was rejected over Rauner. The only reason Rauner won is because he went in a desperate panick mode and told a lie. He won off of a lie so thi
s rejection talk does not apply.
==It was only a 3 percent vote difference between Rauner and Ive’s so I’m not sure you can say Ive’s was rejected over Rauner.==
Well, who knows, but I think that election absolutely turned on rejections of Ives. Had she not run “that ad” she’d be the nominee right now.
Regardless, I guess this one *could* mean more, because Ives has refused to endorse Rauner so far, and she does have credibility with a significant portion of the Republican base. She has credibility with no one besides them.
Given the narrow margin of Rauner’s win (less than three percent now) in the primary this commercial has much more impact. It is going to require a miracle for Rauner to unify the party that he divided.
Truthfully, it would have made a good spot for Ives to have aired during the final two weeks of the campaign.
Not sure why JB wants to highlight how conservatives are disappointed in Rauner.
He is making the case that Rauner is moderate which will appeal to independents who think the Democrats are going too far to the left and are ignoring everyone who is not a hard core liberal.
- Grandson of Man - Friday, Mar 23, 18 @ 10:16 am:
I like it. It’s about Raunerism, betraying people as it suits Raunerites. Lying to a Cardinal about abortion. Sneering contempt for social conservatives.
This relates to Rauner wanting to smash Madigan, the corrupt Democratic system and public employee unions, but having profited off of the people he despises for decades via public employee pensions. There’s clouting the child in CPS and giving a donation afterward, and donating big money to former Democratic Gov. Rendell’s campaign in PA, after getting public employee pension business.
Then when he wants to look good Rauner says he wisely invests the retirement savings accounts for public servants. Total opportunism. Loyalty accounts for nothing.
The Ives spot doesn’t work as well mostly because Ives real problem with Rauner was that he signed 2 bills that treated poor women like everyone else and another that didn’t criminalize looking like an immigrant. Kinda takes the sting out of the hit when that’s what Ives means by credibility or whatever nonsense.
The spot drags. You tire of it early. It’s a trophy from the immediate past election, probably an intern project. Doesn’t shake or stir anything. If we see the other side doing this, there’s more than one, and their ideology is more identifiable. They could’ve left a few vignettes out of this one, added some more voice over in between and made a much stronger point. This is an intern reel to me.
Yah, Ives isn’t a great speaker in this spot, but I think it is effective because Ives came very close to beating the Guv. Many think she could have beaten him if she ran a better campaign. So she has a lot of support on that side. And she isn’t supporting the Guv in the general.
Also, I would guess that many of her votes were more anti-Guv votes than anything. So this spot should help to keep fanning those flames.