Rauner Campaign Releases New Digital Ad: “Going to Bat for Illinois”
Today, the Rauner campaign launched a new digital ad, “Going to Bat for Illinois.” It features the governor touring the Wrigleyville neighborhood and talking about the Chicago Cubs’ rebuild that resulted in a World Series championship.
Born near Wrigley Field, Governor Rauner says that just like the Cubs, we can turn Illinois around with more jobs, lower taxes, and ending corruption in state government.
(Montages of Lake View neighborhood and Wrigley Fiejd continue)
VO Rauner: As a failure myself, I know firsthand what it must’ve felt for the Tribune Company owning the Chicago Cubs. You do things to undercut yourself, make bad deals, even cut off your nose to spite your face. But, the Tribune made money. Real change happened when new ownership and leadership realized the Tribune model was never going to work.
(Rauner solo, in costume)
Rauner: (to the camera) Please, Illinois, don’t realize I’m a miserable failure. Diana and me, we sunk $100 million dollars in destroying Illinois, we need a few more years to complete the deal. So, like the Cubs, let me destroy this state, crumble the infastucture like Wrigley crumbled, and decimate Higher ed, like the Cubs’ farm system that had to be rebuilt too. There’s so much left for me to ruin, let’s work together to get that destruction done.
D- He needs to give up the “turnaround” agenda, it’s been a huge bust for Illinois, republicans and Rauner. Also, the g droppin’ is old shtick. Finally, stop the smirk/laugh when you’re speaking. It’s almost creepy.
With 26% approval, pushing this idea that he needs time for polices while still coming off “unlikable” or to be a bit more fair, “still not more likable”… all this does is put Rauner, in a neighborhood, in a costume, smirkin’, laughin’, seemingly oblivious except for an admitted fact which I can’t believe they think works…
“Rauner has failed, but it’s cool. Give him more time”
Rauner saying the National Review was right, he is the worst Republican governor in America, but it’s cool, in 3 years, it won’t matter?
Whose idea was it to admit his entire term was a miserable failure?
- Henry Francis - Wednesday, May 30, 18 @ 10:15 am:
I think it is the best ad he could do.
Look, anything he says or does is going to be phony, disingenuous, or an outright lie. That’s a given. So get past that.
This is a great way of saying a period of complete and total failure can lead to greatness. And the 7 year period actually adds up for him. The first time he gets his math right.
But he doesn’t go far enough with the Cubs comparison. He needs to talk about Alfonso Soriano and his worst in the nation contract obligations that were an albatross for the team. And how that is just like the pension obligations that he inherited.
This would make a great series of commercials for the Guv. He could do another one complainin’ about the longest serving clubhouse manager in the league Yosh Kawano, and how it wasn’t until the Ricketts got him to retire that the team was finally able to become great.
- Lost in Chicago - Wednesday, May 30, 18 @ 11:09 am:
I liked it. It puts it in a context that people can understand. Turnaround or rebuilds don’t happen overnight. It takes a few years of misery before the turnaround can take place…and then a few more years after that to accomplish the overall goal. People felt it and lived with with the Cubs. If they can translate that experience to this, it just may make a dent into their thinking.
Rickets was able to preach patience because he surrounded himself we good managers and invested in the organization from top to bottom. He had a plan that people bought into.
Where have Rauner’s investments been? If Rickets had followed Rauner’s lead he would have continued to pile up losses, raised ticket prices, starved the minor leagues, and blamed his failures on the Cardinals.
Not Theo, more like Leo. Durocher in 1966 ” We are not an 8th place” (state).
- Cubs Fan since 1969 - Wednesday, May 30, 18 @ 11:53 am:
The difference here is that The Ricketts Family evaluated what they had, hired the correct management and let them do their job. They didn’t constantly pick fights and blame others. As owners they have done their job, unlike governor one term.
It’s funny how the Cubs hadn’t won in 100 years, yet their stadium is generally packed for every game and has been for decades, and the Trib made millions off the broadcasting rights to those games. Losing and winning can look different, depending on the frame of reference.
- Chicago Cynic - Wednesday, May 30, 18 @ 12:58 pm:
I’m sure Laura Ricketts loved it…wait no. Heck, I’ll bet even Tom Ricketts was like, umm Bruce, please leave us out of it. And of course the few Sox fans in the state including Rich must LOVE it!
- TheInvisibleMan - Wednesday, May 30, 18 @ 1:04 pm:
I would pay good money to see a Lee Elia rant from Rauner.
- No Longer A Lurker - Wednesday, May 30, 18 @ 1:49 pm:
Is that the same Carhartt he has been wearing these past 4 years? You would think by now it at least show a little bit of dirt and grime.