One day after WCIA reported that Governor Bruce Rauner “appeared to blame the people of Champaign-Urbana for big technology companies leaving the state,” Rauner sort of apologized to community leaders for his remarks following a fierce backlash. But, unable to take full responsibility for anything, Rauner also claimed that “my statements got taken out of context.”
Really? Here’s Rauner talking about tech jobs leaving Illinois last week:
“There’s several reasons, but part of the reason is, Champaign-Urbana is wonderful, but it’s very hard to keep a company of more than six people there. There’s no convenient transportation, not much of a workforce. It’s very hard.
Rauner’s comment drew instant and overwhelming rebuke from community and economic leaders, including one Republican state Senator who called for Rauner to apologize. Well, he got half of one.
“Amazing. Bruce Rauner cannot even apologize for badmouthing our state and workers without trying to dodge responsibility,” said DGA Illinois Communications Director Sam Salustro. “Rauner got caught dissing Champaign-Urbana just like he bashes Illinois in what is just a desperate attempt to distract from his three years of failed leadership.”
* He didn’t just falsely claim his remarks were taken out of context…
“Governor Rauner apologized for and clarified his recent remarks about the disadvantages small communities face in competing with large, urban centers. And the governor clarified his firm belief that Champaign-Urbana is doing an outstanding job in economic development by utilizing and promoting its many attributes,” campaign spokesman Will Allison said in an email Tuesday night.
So… all of Downstate gets dissed now? That’s how he gets out of it?
…Adding… This isn’t an isolated incident. Remember the trouble he got himself into about the Rivian plant in Bloomington-Normal and how he tried to blame his enemies for stirring it all up?