Baise warns Republicans: “Democrats start out with a natural advantage in this state”
Monday, Dec 3, 2018
* WCIA’s Mark Maxwell…
All true, but Rauner is a “right to work” guy at his very core. The most popular Statehouse parlor game for the past four years has been “What if Rauner had tried pitting the trade unions against the public employee unions?”
Well, there was an attempt to get him to do just that during the 2014 primary cycle and Rauner rebuffed it. He only wanted to talk about how gutting collective bargaining rights and prevailing wage laws would be so much better for all unions, and that sent the trades running to the publics to form a coalition against him.
This is, however, a lesson for the future. While union leaders may not always endorse Republican candidates, those candidates can still win union members’ votes with the right pitch. Rauner had the right pitch in the fall of 2014 by greatly downplaying his anti-union beliefs against an incumbent despised by many public employee union members. But he could no longer hide the ball by 2018. It was crystal clear who he was. And that goes for all factions of the Democratic Party, not just the unions.
The full interview is worth a watch.