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*** UPDATED x1 - DGA follows suit *** Pritzker uses Ives in new video

Friday, Mar 23, 2018

* 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.”

* Video

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.”

* Video

…Adding… I may not have cared for it, but Illinois Review published an approving story on the Pritzker ad.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

23 Comments
  1. - wordslinger - Friday, Mar 23, 18 @ 9:29 am:

    Meh, I think both campaign staffs are just poking each other, because they can.

    I doubt they’ll be running these types of spots after Labor Day when the general election voters tune in.


  2. - Ste_with_a_ven - Friday, Mar 23, 18 @ 9:30 am:

    If Ives isn’t going to endorse Rauner, she could at least denounce the Democrats using her words. She probably won’t.


  3. - Real - Friday, Mar 23, 18 @ 9:31 am:

    I like this one better.


  4. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Mar 23, 18 @ 9:32 am:

    “Bruce Rauner failed”

    Candidate Rauner hammer and shook that all the way to Springfield.

    “Pat Quinn failed”

    Use it. It’s true. It’s honest. It’s who Rauner is… a failed governor.

    The polling tells me, the Primary results tell me… voters know Rauner is a failure too.


  5. - Arsenal - Friday, Mar 23, 18 @ 9:35 am:

    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?


  6. - don the legend - Friday, Mar 23, 18 @ 9:40 am:

    I hope it means that the Pritzker campaign is saying to Rauner, “Anything you can do I can do better.”


  7. - Ducky LaMoore - Friday, Mar 23, 18 @ 9:41 am:

    The 26 second mark had me laughing so hard, I almost fell over.


  8. - 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.


  9. - 360 Degree TurnAround - Friday, Mar 23, 18 @ 9:46 am:

    i like this one better.


  10. - Amalia - Friday, Mar 23, 18 @ 9:46 am:

    Agree with Arsenal (yes, on that team too). don’t like these loser trash the other party videos. they are lazy ads.


  11. - Retired Educator - Friday, Mar 23, 18 @ 9:46 am:

    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.


  12. - Real - Friday, Mar 23, 18 @ 9:47 am:

    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.


  13. - Arsenal - Friday, Mar 23, 18 @ 10:03 am:

    ==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.


  14. - Practical Politics - Friday, Mar 23, 18 @ 10:08 am:

    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.


  15. - Lucky Pierre - Friday, Mar 23, 18 @ 10:16 am:

    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.


  16. - 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.


  17. - Evanstonian - Friday, Mar 23, 18 @ 10:24 am:

    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.


  18. - hisgirlfriday - Friday, Mar 23, 18 @ 10:25 am:

    aArsenal - I have seen others besides you make this statement but I don’t see any basis whatsoever for the punditry that the Ives bigotry ad cost her this nomination with the Illinois GOP base.

    Trump won this state’s GOP primary in 2016 and is more popular than Rauner in this state despite his bigoted comments (if not because of it).

    Ives got no media attention until she ran that ad and didn’t get any real funding until she ran that ad either.

    The supposed high water mark of her campaign with pundits, the Trib edit board appearance, got twisted into a campaign-killing attack ad and she didn’t even get their nod.

    It would be nice if playing to bigotry was a disqualifying thing with all or almost all voters but in 2018 it’s just not the case in my observation.


  19. - A guy - Friday, Mar 23, 18 @ 10:35 am:

    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.


  20. - Henry Francis - Friday, Mar 23, 18 @ 10:50 am:

    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.


  21. - Hysteria - Friday, Mar 23, 18 @ 11:51 am:

    – She [Ives] has credibility with no one besides them [republican base]

    This might be a good argument if that base weren’t almost half of the voters in the primary. She lost by 20,000 or so votes. How can everyone keep dismissing half of the primary voters?


  22. - Rabid - Friday, Mar 23, 18 @ 12:28 pm:

    Pouring salt on Rauners wounds, waiting for Sam to rally the 48% antirauner vote


  23. - Just Me - Friday, Mar 23, 18 @ 12:31 pm:

    Illinois Review would rather have more fun complaining about Pritzker for four years than have to pretend to like Rauner.


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