* I’ve already given my take to subscribers, so here’s Mark Maxwell…
Schimpf voted to override Rauner’s veto of the Collective Bargaining Freedom Act in 2017.
* NBC 5…
Republican former state Sen. Paul Schimpf announced his candidacy for Illinois governor on Monday, throwing his hat in the ring for the GOP nomination to potentially challenge Gov. J.B. Pritzker in 2022.
Schimpf most recently served as state senator for the 58th District in southern Illinois, which includes Murphysboro, Waterloo, Red Bud and Du Quoin, among other communities. He was elected to that office in 2016 and served one term before declining to run for reelection in 2020.
Schimpf, 50, is a retired Marine and an attorney who advised in the prosecution of Saddam Hussein in Iraq in 2005 and previously ran unsuccessfully for Illinois attorney general in 2014.
* Du Quoin Call…
“I promise I will work hard, tell the truth, and keep my promises,” he said Monday morning, in a virtual news conference with reporters to officially kick off his campaign.
“This is decision I came to over the past year, as I watched the state deteriorate. We’ve watched our friends, neighbors and relatives leave the state … I’m not going to stand by idly while our state government squanders its opportunities.” […]
“Illinois needs a governor who understands the day-to-day challenges that we all face,” Schimpf said, “a governor who will live by the same rules that the rest of us follow, and, most importantly, a governor who will stand up to the entrenched special interest groups who have severely damaged our state.”
Schimpf, who attended the U.S. Naval Academy and was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1993, was an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps until he retired in 2013. He attended the Southern Illinois University School of Law. In 2005, he was deployed to Iraq to be the chief American adviser to prosecutors in the Saddam Hussein trial.
“For far too long, we have had Illinois governors who were either career politicians or wealthy corporate executives who couldn’t understand or empathize with the struggles that the people of Illinois face,” he said in making his announcement for the GOP nomination via Zoom.
“We need a governor who understands those day-to-day challenges that we all face, a governor who will live by the same rules that the rest of us follow, a governor who will stand up to the entrenched special interest groups that have done so much damage. Most importantly, we need a governor we can trust to do the right thing and make tough decisions,” he said. […]
“I know that Gov. Pritzker has a lot of resources,” Schimpf said. “I don’t expect to be able to match him dollar for dollar, but I do expect to be able to get my message out with a lot of hard work.”
Campaign finance records show Schimpf began the year with $62,529 and has raised another $87,000 since Jan. 1.
He also addressed Illinois’ tax burden, quoting Ronald Reagan and stating Illinois needs a governor who “understands those day-to-day challenges that we all face” and who will “stand up to the entrenched special interest groups that have done so much damage to our state.”
While Schimpf tied himself to popular Republican icon Reagan, Illinois Democrats quickly sought to tie Schimpf to Trump and Rauner, a one-term governor who presided over a two-year budget impasse that saw the state’s backlog of unpaid bills balloon to over $16 billion. […]
“Schimpf was a consistent vote for Bruce Rauner’s catastrophic agenda, even going along with his attempts to continue the historic budget crisis that resulted in Illinois going 736 days without a budget,” [Mary Morrissey, executive director of the Democratic Party of Illinois] said. “He supported Donald Trump’s re-election, even after the former President failed at his central task of keeping Americans safe by lying about the dangers of the coronavirus and instead promoting conspiracy theories.”
Schimpf’s biography touted his vote against the compromise budget that raised the state’s flat income tax and ended the two-year budget impasse in 2017.
Kristina Zahorik, president of the Illinois Democratic County Chairs’ Association, in a statement, said Schimpf built a facade of being pro-labor and moderate.
“When given the opportunity to prove that during his short time in the Illinois Senate, he opposed key labor issues like supporting increasing the minimum wage,” Zahorik said. “He also consistently voted to extend the (Gov. Bruce) Rauner budget crisis that crippled our state.
“We rejected Bruce Rauner and we’ll reject Paul Schimpf.”
* Illinois Review…
Yet one more Downstate Republican reportedly will announce his 2022 gubernatorial bid- state Senator Darren Bailey of Xenia, IL.
Bailey, who legally challenged Governor JB Pritzker’s executive orders concerning COVID, is circulating an evite to a live gathering in Effingham Illinois next Monday night where he will be providing details.
* Back to Maxwell…
He also had a bit of trouble answering a question yesterday about how he would’ve handled the state’s COVID-19 response differently than Pritzker, saying he’d have wanted more legislative oversight (yeah, all governors want that) and then saying he didn’t have enough time to fully answer the question, which I think was only the third question.