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Rauner urged to move rightward, and whacked for doing so

Monday, Apr 2, 2018 - Posted by Rich Miller

* This one has it all. A Proft paper quotes Proft’s pollster in order to give a pro-Proft GOP legislator a platform to advise Gov. Rauner to move to his right… in Illinois… before the general election

A post-primary poll shows that re-election prospects for Gov. Bruce Rauner look bleak. An Odgen & Fry survey shows him down 22 points compared with Democratic nominee J.B. Pritzker, and in an almost certain death knell for a politician, Rauner’s unfavorables are nearly double his favorables.

Rep. Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) and other Republican legislators say that for Rauner to have any chance in November he needs to start listening to his base, which includes the conservative and traditional Republicans he angered when he signed a taxpayer-funded abortion bill and a bill that made Illinois a “sanctuary state.”

“One of the things he can do to show he’s listening right off the bat is promise to veto every gun-control bill that comes his way,” Skillicorn told the McHenry Times.

Skillicorn said that Rauner also needs to rethink his budget proposal.

“He talks about rolling back the income tax increases but his budget has every cent of new tax money already accounted for,” he said.

Veto all gun control bills and slash spending. Yup. That’ll work here.

* But let’s turn the weird up a notch, shall we? The JB Pritzker campaign actually linked to that very same Proft poll within a recent press release…

UNDERWATER POLL: Rauner is 30 points underwater in favorability and trails in a general election matchup by 18 points.

* Also, according to the Pritzker campaign, Gov. Rauner may actually be taking Skillicorn’s advice. Press release…

Despite pleas from immigrant rights groups, Bruce Rauner supports Donald Trump’s latest attack on immigrant communities in Illinois and across the country.

The Trump Administration announced it would ask respondents of the 2020 census whether they were U.S. citizens, which experts warn would severely reduce the response rate in immigrant communities and undercount the national population.

“Donald Trump is launching a direct attack on immigrant communities in Illinois with the full support of his local partner Bruce Rauner,” said JB Pritzker. “By using the U.S. Census as a political weapon, this bigoted president wants to keep immigrant families in the shadows. As Trump and Rauner seek to divide and attack, I will make Illinois a welcoming state and protect every resident as governor.”

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15 Comments
  1. - Anonymous - Monday, Apr 2, 18 @ 10:52 am:

    Why would anyone take advice from skillicorn? He’d be better off taking advice from the comment section of Breitbart


  2. - PJ - Monday, Apr 2, 18 @ 10:56 am:

    He won his first election in a reliably blue state by pretending to be moderate. Clearly the move now is the govern like Jerry Falwell reincarnated for the next 6 months. Nobody’s got their finger on the pulse of the Illinois voter like Allen Skillicorn.


  3. - Blue dog dem - Monday, Apr 2, 18 @ 11:08 am:

    JB. Before you get ahead of yourself. Trump deportations of immigrants lag behind the Obama administration.


  4. - Anonymous - Monday, Apr 2, 18 @ 11:18 am:

    Sure, these press releases are wierd, but it’s all because the guy’s got a really tough needle to thread.


  5. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Apr 2, 18 @ 11:29 am:

    The beauty of Raunerism is Diana’s uber-left, costal, limousine liberal, Democratic social agenda… while destroying social services, higher education, running up large debt… holding the state hostage.

    If you know Raunerism, this phony Right shift, but not Right shift makes total sense, lol


  6. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Apr 2, 18 @ 11:34 am:

    Oh… I forgot.

    And Raunerism despises organized labor, collective bargaining and prevailing wage.

    Raunerism is silly when you say what it is “out loud”


  7. - Honeybear - Monday, Apr 2, 18 @ 11:52 am:

    The red meat offered to the base
    Comes in June
    Timed and well prepared
    Janus comes out

    Then the Rauner led
    Frontal Assault
    On Madigans
    Union allies
    It’s why Rauner sheepishly
    And perfidieously
    Said he would find the money to
    Pay our illegally withheld wages
    He needs to keep
    Afscme complacent
    Until the last possible minute
    What he dismisses
    Is our massive unprecedented
    Operations to stop the whole
    Invasion before he even
    Gets to the beach
    State workers know
    Exactly
    Who took their steps and back pay
    No forgiveness
    No quarter
    No faltering

    It’s do or die for labor
    And we know it.

    Move to the left or right
    All you want Rauner
    Nobody listens too
    Believes
    Or follows
    A liar


  8. - Blue dog dem - Monday, Apr 2, 18 @ 12:10 pm:

    Unless Pritzker does something stupid like coming out for repeal of the 2nd Amendment(who would be that stupid?) He wins the general by 12%. Thats w/o spending a dime.


  9. - don the legend - Monday, Apr 2, 18 @ 12:33 pm:

    BDD has set the line at 12%. Let the wagering begin.


  10. - Boone's is Back - Monday, Apr 2, 18 @ 1:49 pm:

    A Proft-Pritzker alliance would sure make some heads explode


  11. - Sue - Monday, Apr 2, 18 @ 3:00 pm:

    2014 was a fluke. Rainer ran against a candidate many thought to be hapless and in a year when R’s were popular nationally. Remember they returned McConnell as majority leader. Rauner should find something better to deal with $70 million. It’s a lost cause


  12. - anon2 - Monday, Apr 2, 18 @ 3:37 pm:

    Can Proft and Skilicorn tell us who the last unabashed conservative was to win statewide? I think you have to go to the 90s when Peter Fitzgerald got one term. Has the state gotten more red or blue in the interim?


  13. - wordslinger - Monday, Apr 2, 18 @ 4:35 pm:

    Don, it’s a sad fact that when trolls don’t get the attention they feel they’re entitled to, they’ll say even more ridiculous things until they do.


  14. - Etown - Monday, Apr 2, 18 @ 6:42 pm:

    I like the Over under plus 12 for JB sounds about right at this point


  15. - VanillaMan - Monday, Apr 2, 18 @ 10:47 pm:

    Rauner can’t move left or right because we discovered that when he goes after voters, they turn and run as fast as they can away from him.

    Rauner’s appeal has always been not moving, opening his wallet, and let voters imagine he was on their side.


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