Yesterday, Governor Bruce Rauner once again sought to deflect blame for his handling of the Legionnaires’ outbreak in Quincy, calling questions about how quickly his administration acted “false political spin for political gain.” Appearing on WMBD, Rauner claimed his administration “immediately” acted – “There was no delay. There was no waiting.”
In truth, WBEZ uncovered an email from Rauner’s office ordering the state’s veterans and health departments to withhold information about the outbreak. As reported, the children of Tim Miller and Gerald Kuhn both said they would have made different health choices if they were informed earlier. Melvin Tucker was reportedly only given Tylenol for his fever for days, despite confirmed reports of Legionnaires’.
“Bruce Rauner is moving from covering-up his administration’s fatal mismanagement at Quincy to shamelessly dismissing legitimate questions as ‘false political spin,’” said DPI Statewide Communications Director Sam Salustro. “The fact is, families of the 14 deceased residents aren’t playing politics, they’re sharing heartbreaking stories and holding the governor who failed them accountable.”
Rauner has gone from blinders to full on blindfold, and he wants the rest of us to wear one too. If he thinks his spin will change the facts of discovery in the lawsuits the families have filed, he is greatly mistaken.
Repeatedly telling a lie that has been thoroughly debunked, does not make it the truth. Your failure to promptly inform the families of the Quincy VA home and staff has been reported numerous times.
Whether you believe it or not, a lie is still a lie, no matter how many time you tell it.
I would disagree with OW on the debate anywhere, anytime. The narrative of the Quincy debate was predetermined by geography. There was no way to win or even tie. Bad move by his team to agree to that debate.
Staff: Why in the heck are you goin’ to Quincy again?
Rauner: Awww, come on guys, it’s so simple. Maybe you need a refresher course.
It’s all Adams County nowadays. Now you prepare that Quincy Veterans Home with some 3-in-1 oil and some gauze pads. And I’m gonna need ’bout 10 quarts of anti-freeze, preferably Prestone. No, no make that Quaker State.