* I told subscribers about some of this yesterday…
State Sen. STEVE McCLURE, R-Springfield, was among a handful of Republicans who went to the governor’s Statehouse office following the end of the legislative session Sunday, but things got unexpectedly uncomfortable.
Someone on the governor’s staff had called, he said, with the message: “The governor wants to have a press conference right now about Scott’s Law. Would you be available for that?” […]
But it turned out the news conference, where most lawmakers in attendance were Democrats, highlighted many things Republicans had opposed. A sign on the rostrum said, “Governor JB PRITZKER: Keeping Promises, Delivering Results,” and among items with check marks next to them were “Fair Tax,” ”$15 Minimum Wage” and “Reproductive Health Act.”
McClure and Sen. Jason Plummer both discreetly walked out.
* Back to Bernie…
“I’m going to give the governor the benefit of the doubt and say it was a staffer who didn’t really know” about the news conference subject matter, McClure said of his invitation, “because they’ve never lied to me on anything before, and I pretty much have a good working relationship with the governor and his staff.”
Similarly, Plummer said he is “going to operate under the assumption that maybe they had some miscommunication on their team, and it was an innocent mistake.”
The governor called Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady later and apologized. Brady’s people told me he was OK with the governor’s explanation. But it was a really dumb staff mistake.