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Tuesday, Dec 18, 2018 - Posted by Rich Miller

* A release of internal e-mails by the Special Projects Desk at Gizmodo Media Group shows why Todd Ricketts might have a bit of a tough time if he decides to run for Illinois governor in 2022

From: [Republican strategist] Fred Davis

To: Joe Ricketts, Pete Ricketts, Todd Ricketts

Date: May 17, 2012

Subject: URGENT. Suggest not taking calls right now.

We just got a call that the NY Times has a HARD copy of our proposal on Reverend Wright.

Putting aside the terrible disappointment that this was leaked, we’re waiting for Brian to get off his TV appearance so we can work out a strategy on how to respond. The story is for tomorrow, and needless to say they think it’s a big deal.

The writers are Jeff Zeleny and Jim Rutenberg. They say they will soon be, “calling around,” and I wanted to get you this news immediately to be sure none of the three of you take their calls and get caught off guard.

As soon as we have Brian, we’ll be back in touch with a response plan.

Just when things yesterday were going so well…

Fred

* From that NY Times story

A group of high-profile Republican strategists is working with a conservative billionaire on a proposal to mount one of the most provocative campaigns of the “super PAC” era and attack President Obama in ways that Republicans have so far shied away from. […]

The group suggested hiring as a spokesman an “extremely literate conservative African-American” who can argue that Mr. Obama misled the nation by presenting himself as what the proposal calls a “metrosexual, black Abe Lincoln.”

* Back to the e-mails

From: Todd Ricketts

To: Joe Ricketts

Date: January 25, 2012

Subject: The Greece Nextdoor

This why every other day I contemplate moving out of Illinois. If Scott Walker wins maybe I will move north. If not, I may have to move to Texas. Government unions self-dealing themselves outrageous benefits and pensions through the Democratic party have gutted not only Illinois but the entire nation.

Daley bankrupted the city over the last 20 years and when push came shove he conveniently decided to leave office when he realized to was getting around the situation.

Walker won, but Todd never moved, of course.

From the link he forwarded

In other words, higher taxes led to fiscal deterioration in Illinois, just as tax increases in Europe have been followed by bad outcomes.

That actually didn’t happen until the tax hike was allowed to roll back.

* More

From: Todd Ricketts

To: Joe Ricketts, Pete Ricketts, Tom Ricketts, Laura Ricketts, and others

Date: July 4, 2009

Subject: new religion

One of the reasons I am so skeptical of global warming alarmism is for exactly what this article points out. Global warming is a religion and anyone who doesn’t believe is a heretic.

Todd […]

From: Todd Ricketts

To: Tom Ricketts, Joe Ricketts, L.B.

Date: February 3, 2010

Subject: canadian health care

So if we adopt a Canadian style healthcare, as much of the Obama plan would be, where would we go when we actually want to get good care?

Not everything in these e-mails is a killer issue, but some of it is enough to paint a not-so-pretty picture.

* By the way, Bruce Rauner makes an appearance in the e-mails in this exchange with Todd’s father

From: Bruce Rauner

To: Joe Ricketts

Date: May 20, 2012

Subject: (no subject)

Hi joe – hope you’re doing well despite all the recent baloney in the media – I’ll be riding the harley from livingston down to jackson for nfwf board meeting aug 13-15 and the freedomworks/tea party conference aug 16-17th – will be free afternoon of 15th and morning of 16th and was wondering if you’d like to go for a ride or have a cigar

From: Joe Ricketts

To: Bruce Rauner

Date: June 3, 2012

Subject: RE: (no subject)

Hi Bruce,

I’m co-hosting a cocktail party for AEI in Jackson on the 15th but these things usually don’t last long. I don’t have the details as yet so let me get back to you after I get them.

I’m not a taking my motorcycle out of storage this summer as I will not have time to ride it; got a very full summer lined up. I enjoy being busy but not really this busy but things will slow down after the elections. If the mandate of Obama Care is not knocked down and if Obama gets reelected I may have to give up my citizenship and go to New Zealand.

A cigar sounds good.

Rauner was at a tea party event in 2012?

       

61 Comments
  1. - thunderspirit - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 3:44 pm:

    This is my shocked face. :-|


  2. - Honeybear - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 3:45 pm:

    -Government unions self-dealing themselves outrageous benefits and pensions-

    Right, my incredible 22,000 a year in 2034 is gonna really rip up the country.
    Why?
    Really…..Why?
    Pritzker is even more wealthy and I never get this feeling from him or heard of him saying something like this.
    Why are Rauner and Rickets like this?
    I wonder if Rickets shares the same sociopathic traits as Rauner.
    How is it that I have to give up my tier II pension which I am terribly grateful for so that they can get richer?
    How about they do without another yacht.
    Just sayin
    We want to play class war
    Let’s do it.


  3. - Seats - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 3:46 pm:

    So Bruce has always been a fan of “baloney”


  4. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 3:46 pm:

    No Guv Ricketts. A sigh of relief for IL.


  5. - Stumpy's bunker - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 3:49 pm:

    Transparency has served a very valuable purpose here.

    These people, these people.


  6. - Demoralized - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 3:50 pm:

    ==If the mandate of Obama Care is not knocked down and if Obama gets reelected I may have to give up my citizenship and go to New Zealand.==

    He’s aware New Zealand has universal healthcare right? And that they pay extremely high taxes there?

    ==outrageous benefits and pensions ==

    lol. Says the uber rich guy. Got to keep the peons down so we can make sure us rich guys can get even richer.


  7. - 47th Ward - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 3:52 pm:

    I have family in Nebraska. The Ricketts should be happy they can call that place home. Not sure why any of them moved here since the hate it so much, but I’d be happy to show them the way back home whenever they tired of making so much money here.

    (Deleted).


  8. - Anon E Moose - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 3:52 pm:

    Does anyone ever follow through on their threat to leave the state/country?


  9. - anon2 - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 3:54 pm:

    It’s remarkable that the owners of the Cubs talk about moving out of state or out of the country.


  10. - Grandson of Man - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 3:55 pm:

    Another phony heard from. How about leaving Illinois for real, all y’all phony, privileged criers, both super-rich and economically comfortable?

    This is even more reason to get a progressive income tax. The super-rich people who haven’t paid their fair share of taxes for decades, and who are downright nasty and hateful to workers and their unions, need to pay more, like yesterday.


  11. - Stumpy's bunker - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 4:00 pm:

    Maybe a progressive income tax will be enough to convince the I’ve-got-mine-and-I’m-coming-after-yours crowd to move on.


  12. - OneMan - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 4:01 pm:

    Daley bankrupted the city over the last 20 years and when push came shove he conveniently decided to leave office when he realized to was getting around the situation

    Well, this is kind of right.


  13. - Grandson of Man - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 4:02 pm:

    Isn’t this the knob who released a TV commercial calling Democrats violent just as the alleged MAGAbomber sent bombs to Democrats?


  14. - Michelle Flaherty - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 4:02 pm:

    Having read that I feel like I need a shower.


  15. - Anon E Moose - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 4:02 pm:

    “I’m taking a look at the top 10 freest economies in the world which include Australia, New Zealand and Canada.”

    I thought they hated Canada??


  16. - Nearly Normal - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 4:04 pm:

    Guess the apples did not fall all that far from the tree! Another layer of veneer removed from them. Cubs just another way to make $$$. Remember how they were after funds from the city for the renovations? Didn’t get what they wanted. Still here for now.


  17. - Stuntman Bob's Brother - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 4:14 pm:

    “Paulie hated email. He wouldn’t have one in his house. He used to get all his emails second hand, then you’d have to write the people back from an outside computer. There were guys, that’s all they did all day long was take care of Paulie’s email.


  18. - don the legend - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 4:15 pm:

    Another reason Madigan keeps winning. The guys doesn’t use email.

    When will people learn that email has a half life longer than nuclear waste.


  19. - Anon324 - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 4:15 pm:

    I don’t much care for Tom Tunney…but in a Ricketts-Tunney fight, it’s not a hard choice.


  20. - labour - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 4:18 pm:

    Ask any Canadian, or British- they love their healthcare system.

    As for Illinois/Chicago, Alderman Tunney just got himself another donor and volunteer. I suspect this all will accrue to
    Tom’s benefit.


  21. - JS Mill - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 4:22 pm:

    These guys are pathetic, Rauner included. I am not sure how this happened, but they see it as beneath them to pay taxes.

    Yes, a lot of wealthy people find ways to minimize their tax exposure hence the whole Pritzker/Toilet issue. But most of them stay under the radar and don’t act so aggrieved when they face paying a little bit of their billions to support the infrastructure that helped make them wealthy or the services that keep them safe.

    They are pathetic little babies with their little whiny self-pitying support group.


  22. - Shemp - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 4:23 pm:

    We should all be so lucky to have our non-government emails between kin published for the world to see. It’s kind of sickening to me.


  23. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 4:25 pm:

    So the modern GOP is filled to the brim with scam artists. How utterly shocking/S


  24. - Frank Talks - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 4:27 pm:

    Guessing the Ricketts aren’t going anywhere?

    Sorry their bottom line wasn’t as padded as it could have been and they could have made more money.

    Guess the stint on Undercover Boss learning how a hot dog vendor got by or a parking attendant was trying to pay for college was just a quick one time feel good story to help promote the Cubs.


  25. - Recovering Former State Employee - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 4:28 pm:

    As a wise man once told me - EMAIL stands for Evidence Made Available In Litigation…I suppose there are other ways that evidence is made available too…


  26. - AlfondoGonz - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 4:38 pm:

    I don’t know if I’m more or less troubled to learn that BVR speaks similarly in private as he does in public.


  27. - AnneBancrupt - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 4:39 pm:

    Oooh boy. As if we ever had a reason not to support those Cubs. Undercover Boss be darned.


  28. - Nopers - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 4:53 pm:

    “Remember how they were after funds from the city for the renovations?”
    - Um, no. They didn’t.


  29. - Nick Name - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 4:58 pm:

    ===One of the reasons I am so skeptical of global warming alarmism is for exactly what this article points out. Global warming is a religion and anyone who doesn’t believe is a heretic.===

    Dude. Back away from the Fox News campfire.


  30. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 4:58 pm:

    What a wretched family.


  31. - Sue - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 5:02 pm:

    This is an example why Mike Madigan never emails. If someone doesn’t want something ever publicized- stay off electronic messaging of any kind. It always turns up and it’s never flattering


  32. - Pundent - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 5:03 pm:

    So the Ricketts family is outraged by government pensions, benefits and the affordable care act because it deprives their businesses of the government subsidies they seek? Sounds like the makings of a good campaign.


  33. - Amalia - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 5:08 pm:

    more fodder for why I’m happy I’m not a Cubs fan.


  34. - RNUG - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 5:09 pm:

    == Ask any Canadian, or British- they love their healthcare system. ==

    Have a friend who is a Doctor (general practice) in Canada. We’ve had a number of discussions about the healthcare systems in our respective countries.

    Each system has it’s advantages and it’s flaws. And the growth of a parallel and private healthcare delivery system in both Canada and Great Britian for the wealthy should give you pause …


  35. - PublicServant - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 5:11 pm:

    Todd Ricketts - Unelectable

    Say hello to the newest Sox fan.


  36. - Glengarry - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 5:20 pm:

    I wish Rauner had kept his word and moved to New Zealand. Illinois would be in a much better situation.


  37. - @misterjayem - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 5:24 pm:

    The great John Wooden said, “The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.”

    Todd Ricketts’ emails record him repeatedly failing Wooden’s test of character.

    – MrJM


  38. - Original Rambler - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 5:31 pm:

    I’m open to suggestions where to move my assets when I close my tdameritrade account. What pieces of work.


  39. - Liandro - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 5:39 pm:

    “Does anyone ever follow through on their threat to leave the state/country?”

    (glances at congressional seats)

    Yes.


  40. - Jibba - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 6:03 pm:

    Maybe he tried. NZ may not have wanted him, you know.


  41. - Not a Superstar - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 6:04 pm:

    “Rauner: The Sequel” is apparently going direct to video.


  42. - Anon - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 6:14 pm:

    This is meaningless. I am trying hard to see how any of these would impact Ricketts in a gubernatorial campaign. Only the first one raises an issue, and it was an email not from Todd Ricketts that seems to pale in comparison to comments by our governor-elect.


  43. - Demoralized - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 6:19 pm:

    Anyone else find the humor of him complaining about the ACA and threatening to go to New Zealand, a country with a national healthcare system? And I’m sure he’ll love the tax rates there.


  44. - Lucky Pierre - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 6:37 pm:

    Government unions self-dealing themselves outrageous benefits and pensions through the Democratic party have gutted not only Illinois but the entire nation.

    Why don’t you so certain this issue won’t resonate with more people?

    I would reserve judgement on that until that after the next tax increase in Chicago and Illinois and see how it polls then.

    There is a breaking point on tax increases on the “wealthy”.

    The fact that Rahm and other Democrats are finally acknowledging this problem after 4 years under Rauner where they pretended it did not exist is quite a shift.


  45. - Ducky LaMoore - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 7:10 pm:

    The funniest thing is, “I’m not taking my motorcycle out of storage…”

    You know what 99.99% of people who have motorcycles do to take it out of storage? They open the bleeping garage. Nothing disqualifying, but man this looks like total elitist baggism.


  46. - Grandson of Man - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 7:41 pm:

    “Government unions self-dealing themselves outrageous benefits and pensions through the Democratic party have gutted not only Illinois but the entire nation.”

    Rauner called public employee pensions financial tumors destroying America right as he was profiting off of them. Out of the other side of his mouth he said his business was “relatively flush” with public employee pension funds.

    So when are you leaving Illinois?


  47. - Grandson of Man - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 8:02 pm:

    A new article is out on corporate stock buybacks hitting a record this year: over $1 trillion. The massive corporate tax cut is going to make super-rich investors and corporate leaders even richer. Some who are either super-rich or their reps like the IPI are crying about public employee compensation in light of this, and in light of growing deficits caused by shoveling billions of dollars to those who need it least? Puh-leaze.


  48. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 8:32 pm:

    ==If the mandate of Obama Care is not knocked down and if Obama gets reelected I may have to give up my citizenship and go to New Zealand.==

    Me so sad.

    Yeah, that makes no sense, mate. New Zealand has universal health coverage, like most of Planet Earth.

    Maybe you should take your daddy’s money and make a go of it on Mars with your Ayn Rand onanism.

    Also, New Zealand automatically registers every 18-year-old to vote. And vote, they do.

    Screwball rich brats like you would never have a chance, in such a system.


  49. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 8:46 pm:

    –“Does anyone ever follow through on their threat to leave the state/country?”

    (glances at congressional seats)

    Yes.–

    Huh?

    You’re obviously indulging this holiday season.

    Have fun.

    But be responsible and give up your car keys.


  50. - Archpundit - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 8:58 pm:

    So Rainer without the common touch and bit of empathy. That’s a winner


  51. - ArchPundit - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 9:00 pm:

    Does anyone follow through on a threat to leave the country?

    I don’t know if Jerry Weller ever made the threat but…


  52. - Free Thinker - Tuesday, Dec 18, 18 @ 10:18 pm:

    Rich Miller who is the “group of high-profile Republican strategists” mentioned in this email who created this GOP Savior, Rauner in 2012? Is it the same Chicago Political Consulting group and PAC now working to bring Jeanne Ives as the new GOP Savior?


  53. - Stuntman Bob's Brother - Wednesday, Dec 19, 18 @ 5:03 am:

    ==(glances at congressional seats)==

    I believe this refers to the anticipated loss of one or two U.S. Congressional seats after the 2020 census. Not new, the article linked says we lost two seats after the 1990 census as well. The state was likely buoyed by immigrants in 2000. It’s going to be quite a while before Ohio, let alone Arizona, eclipses us though.
    https://herald-review.com/news/state-and-regional/illinois-population-loss-may-take-out-congressional-seats/article_6fa7dadb-8a77-5ff7-8788-92ab000c5b2d.html


  54. - @misterjayem - Wednesday, Dec 19, 18 @ 6:32 am:

    Perhaps one day a Republican billionaire will be revealed to be something other than the living embodiment of a Marxist’s parody of a Republican billionaire, but today was not that day.

    – MrJM


  55. - JS Mill - Wednesday, Dec 19, 18 @ 8:40 am:

    =We should all be so lucky to have our non-government emails between kin published for the world to see. It’s kind of sickening to me.=

    Were you just as sickened when the Tribbies shared sealed FBI evidence tapes?


  56. - Stark - Wednesday, Dec 19, 18 @ 8:42 am:

    All I can say is I’m proud to be a Cardinals fan after seeing how these people think themselves above the entire city of Chicago simply because they’re wealthy.


  57. - Grandson of Man - Wednesday, Dec 19, 18 @ 8:47 am:

    “Rauner was at a tea party event in 2012?”

    He may have been looking for someone to run for governor in his place.


  58. - Uncle Ernie - Wednesday, Dec 19, 18 @ 9:04 am:

    I just became a Cardinal fan…..


  59. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Dec 19, 18 @ 9:11 am:

    They wanted 200 million from the taxpayers in Chicavo for their private business. Socialism for me, not for thee.


  60. - BenFolds5 - Wednesday, Dec 19, 18 @ 9:20 am:

    Geez. All the people on here throwing stones. Are all your email’s to your friends and family pass your political preference tests from the opposite party? My lord. As a comment said, this is why Madigan doesn’t use electronic communication. Why the outrage? Last time I looked, owning the Cubs doesn’t make you such a target, if he was a liberal democrat you would all be outraged, right? Spoiler alert. None of us are perfect.


  61. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Dec 19, 18 @ 10:22 am:

    “if he was a liberal democrat you would all be outraged, right?”
    Yes. Why does he deserve $200 million for his private business. The selfish brat deserves the stones thrown.


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