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Ives doesn’t believe Rauner can win, won’t rule out another gubernatorial bid

Thursday, Sep 20, 2018

* I’ve had a lot of stuff about the Big John & Ramblin’ Ray show on the ol’ blog lately. They had the governor, Mrs. Rauner and Jeanne Ives on their show (separately, of course) and the hosts continually mentioned that Rep. Ives was scheduled to be a special guest at their “Politics And A Pint” event in Naperville last night.

Some tracker footage came in over the transom of Ives’ talk today. Here’s one bit

RAMBLIN’ RAY: “We talk about the polls, and I think John said Rauner’s down 16 points, we don’t know about the polls rights? We learned about that in 2016 when Donald Trump became President, right? So, there’s a thinking in the state that Rauner might have a little more of a chance than we’re hearing about, because why replace one billionaire with another billionaire, isn’t it just better keeping the guy that we have in and maybe staying the course? Do you think there’s any truth to that? I mean is there – “

REP. IVES: “There’s no – no, you know I don’t think that there’s any way for him to come back. I’m just being truthful, I mean I’m not being wishful here I’m being truthful. And that’s because his unfavorables are so high. So, I think they’re at over 54 percent and I think when you hit that threshold of unfavorables, unfavorables, that’s what’s difficult to overcome.

* Another one

RAMBLIN’ RAY: “Would you go for the governorship again?” [APPLAUSE]

REP. IVES: “You know what’s exciting about being the governor is you can really affect change if you’re paying attention to the right things. You have so much power as the governor of the state of Illinois. You can get in there and you can really dig into those agencies and find out where there’s mismanagement. And you have the ability to hire and fire the right people, and make the changes happen. You have a bully pulpit, you have a bully pulpit where the media’s going to pay attention to you, where you can go out and be that champion for folks, where you can connect dots for them and you’re going to be heard. Right? Very few people get that opportunity, to actually be heard and listened to. That’s the power of the governorship. You can really affect change regardless of what the legislature looks like. You can do it, and you can bring people along to common sense, and you can stop people with that veto, which is really a big deal.”

Something she could do in the meantime is speak out on Rep. Jerry Long. If she wants to be a leader then she should, you know, lead.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

20 Comments
  1. - Flat Bed Ford - Thursday, Sep 20, 18 @ 4:19 pm:

    For a graduate of one of our excellent military academies Ives sure is a horrible leader. She will be irrelevant in 4 months and forgotten in 4 years.


  2. - Long Time R - Thursday, Sep 20, 18 @ 4:24 pm:

    If Rauner loses that’s the best news for JB. The woman is 100% delusional and I will give 10-1 odds she won’t even be the candidate in 4 years.


  3. - DarkHorse - Thursday, Sep 20, 18 @ 4:25 pm:

    I’m looking forward to Pritzker and Raoul winning - setting up an Ives vs. Harold GOP primary for governor in 2022. Harold will be seen as the moderate, given her “evolved” stances on LGBTQ issues.


  4. - Michelle Flaherty - Thursday, Sep 20, 18 @ 4:28 pm:

    Wanting and being are two very different things


  5. - Phil King - Thursday, Sep 20, 18 @ 4:30 pm:

    Maybe she can start the revolution Rauner failed to get, after JB ruins the state for four years.


  6. - don the legend - Thursday, Sep 20, 18 @ 4:32 pm:

    Her answer on the power of the Office of Governor is right on. The problem is, she’s the one saying it.


  7. - 47th Ward - Thursday, Sep 20, 18 @ 4:38 pm:

    ===Ives doesn’t believe Rauner can win===

    I agree with Ives on something after all. A first for everything I guess.


  8. - Notorious RBG - Thursday, Sep 20, 18 @ 4:39 pm:

    But I thought the Governor isn’t actually the one in charge? /s


  9. - Grandson of Man - Thursday, Sep 20, 18 @ 4:42 pm:

    As much as I dislike Ives’ positions, I feel for her in a way. Rauner totally lied that she’s a Madigan puppet. He lied about abortion. I can empathize because Rauner has no loyalty. He benefited from social conservatives and trashed them, just like he did with public workers, their unions and public employee pensions.


  10. - thunderspirit - Thursday, Sep 20, 18 @ 4:43 pm:

    == If she wants to be a leader then she should, you know, lead. ==

    There’s no indication that she wants to be *that* kind of leader, though.


  11. - Soccermom - Thursday, Sep 20, 18 @ 4:47 pm:

    Who is tracking Ives?

    I mean, I can’t believe that Pritzker would care enough. There’s plenty of existing video of Ives being crazy (or standing up for conservative values, depending on your preference for Kool-Aid.) So does this mean that Rauner is tracking Ives? Dude, get your head in the game…. (Or don’t. I mean, I agree with 47 (always) and Ives (quite infrequently) in thinking that there’s no way you get through this election.)


  12. - NorthsideNoMore - Thursday, Sep 20, 18 @ 4:47 pm:

    Her 15 mins are up but one never knows, Miley Cyrus is still touring someplace (isn’t she??)


  13. - Sue - Thursday, Sep 20, 18 @ 4:49 pm:

    News Flash Jeanie- you wouldn’t win either. Illinois has turned fully blue. Quinn was a lousy candidate and a total gadfly who was only elected due to a unique circumstance. Don’t think an R is destined for the second floor in our lifetime


  14. - illini - Thursday, Sep 20, 18 @ 4:54 pm:

    I guess Big John and Ramblin’ Ray are more widely recognized among the Illinois demographics than is Charlie Brennan on KMOX. Good for them.


  15. - illini - Thursday, Sep 20, 18 @ 5:03 pm:

    @FlatBedFord - John Shimkus is a graduate of West Point. Is he an example of any kind of exemplary leader>


  16. - ste_v_en - Thursday, Sep 20, 18 @ 5:19 pm:

    Has she seen Trump’s unfavorables?


  17. - Jibba - Thursday, Sep 20, 18 @ 5:27 pm:

    Jeanne Ives with a 4-year bully pulpit. I don’t think I’m going to be able to sleep tonight.


  18. - wordslinger - Thursday, Sep 20, 18 @ 5:53 pm:

    –The woman is 100% delusional and I will give 10-1 odds she won’t even be the candidate in 4 years.–

    She got 48.6% of the GOP primary vote against a moneybags incumbent. I’d imagine she’ll take another shot in four years.

    The Ives/Proft/Uihlein crew clearly want Rauner to lose.


  19. - wordslinger - Thursday, Sep 20, 18 @ 6:37 pm:

    –News Flash Jeanie- you wouldn’t win either. Illinois has turned fully blue. Quinn was a lousy candidate and a total gadfly who was only elected due to a unique circumstance.–

    What was the “unique circumstance” that explains Quinn beating Brady?

    – Don’t think an R is destined for the second floor in our lifetime–

    You should read your posts before hitting send.


  20. - Anonymous - Thursday, Sep 20, 18 @ 8:34 pm:

    ==setting up an Ives vs. Harold GOP primary for governor in 2022==

    Problem is that Harold cannot win a race. Jumping to governor may be a stretch. What’s the point of running another losing candidacy?


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