* Remember this quote from Gov. Rauner the other day when asked about criticism from former Gov. Jim Edgar?…
That said, if you’re gonna be a moderate to win elections, but you’re not going to be a reformer and fix the problems, what’s the point of winning? And, in Illinois, Republicans have won, in the 80s and 90s, but then they did the same bad stuff that the Democrats did. Kick the can on pension payments, don’t reform the system, raise taxes with no reforms, over-regulate businesses. If you’re gonna moderate to win and then do the same thing that the guy or gal that you were running against would do, what’s the point?
He also had some things to say about former Rep. Jeanne Ives.
* Bernie followed up with both…
“Governor Rauner lost the support of both Jim Edgar and me during his tenure as governor,” [Ives] said via email. “In what direction should the ILGOP head? Opposite Bruce Rauner.” […]
“We weren’t perfect,” said Edgar, who was governor from 1991-1999. “I do think, though, at the end of the ’90s, we had … a billion and a half dollar surplus, pensions were funded at the highest level they’ve ever been … we paid our bills off within 30 days, unemployment in Illinois was below the national average, which was a very unusual thing in Illinois. … It wasn’t perfect, but far better than it is today.”
He also said he doesn’t think “anybody ever accused me of rolling over to the Democrats” as governor, and while he had battles with House Speaker MICHAEL MADIGAN, D-Chicago, “we would work things out.” […]
“I think [Rauner’s] approach on the budget was wrong and I think his kind of confrontation approach, I don’t think that gets much done, particularly when you don’t control things,” the former governor said, referring to the legislature dominated by Democrats.