Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner weighed in on Chicago’s mayoral race Thursday, calling Mayor Rahm Emanuel “corrupt” and lumping him with Democratic governor candidate J.B. Pritzker and House Speaker Michael Madigan as three men who have “got to go.” […]
“Emanuel’s getting $20 million from his special interest groups. He’s corrupt. He’s part of the problem in Chicago,” Rauner said. “Failure on jobs. Failure on taxes. He’s got to go.” […]
Emanuel does not have $20 million this election cycle — at least not yet. To date, the mayor has raised more than $10 million toward his bid for a third term, according to state campaign finance records. As for special interests, about $2.4 million of that money has come from unions and another $186,000 from other political action committees, including the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association, AT&T employees, Exelon and Ford Motor Company. […]
“Bruce Rauner’s Downstate election strategy is centered solely on denigrating Chicago, in large part because he doesn’t have any accomplishments worth mentioning. He’s said Chicago’s children attend schools that are crumbling prisons, he called Chicago’s teachers ‘virtually illiterate’ and he derided a peaceful anti-violence march led by several Chicago ministers as ‘chaos,’” [Emanuel spokesman Adam Collins] said in a statement. “He’s wrapping up a term in which he achieved nothing other than gridlock, and I guess desperate times call for desperate rhetoric.”
Politically, a fight probably helps both men.
In a downstate radio interview on WJPF, Rauner was asked about former Gov. Pat Quinn’s push to get mayoral term limits and launched into an assault on Emanuel.
“Pritzker, Madigan, Emanuel, those guys got to go,” Rauner said.
Rauner said term limits “get guys out of office who need to go but who have too much power concentrated.” […]
Emanuel’s communications director Adam Collins called the Rauner broadside “high praise from the man named the worst governor in America.”
* We even got a Trump angle…
* Speaking of violence…
Gov. Bruce Rauner says Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has “failed horribly” on public safety after gunfire in the city last weekend injured more than 70 people and killed at least 11.
The Republican said Thursday that Chicago police have not received sufficient personnel, equipment or staffing assistance to be effective.
Rauner says he’s “disappointed” in Democrat Emanuel. Rauner says public safety is an officeholder’s first duty and that Chicago’s leaders “have fundamentally failed, failed horribly.” […]
Adam Collins is Emanuel’s spokesman. He says Rauner is to blame for his veto of legislation to crack down on illegal gun sales through state licensing of firearms dealers. Rauner rejected the plan from legislative Democrats as too burdensome on small businesses. Rauner has promised to veto another version of the plan that lawmakers have not yet sent him. […]
Police have will have 600 more officers in affected neighborhoods by this weekend.