* From the SJ-R’s coverage of Gov. Rauner’s Sangamon County Lincoln Day Dinner speech last night…
Rauner said he was confident that 2018 would be successful.
“All of us worked hard last year. 2016 — even though President Trump, unfortunately, lost Illinois by over 16 points — we in Illinois picked up six seats in the General Assembly for the Republicans in 2016,” he said.
* Jeanne Ives campaign…
“All of us” worked hard, Governor?
By our scorecard, at least one of “us” wouldn’t even mention President Trump’s name:
* Per the Chicago Tribune, Rauner “spent the better part of a year refusing to discuss the eventual GOP presidential nominee and wouldn’t even speak Trump’s name.”
* During the 2016 primary, the Republican governor said he would support whoever the voters chose, including Trump. He also noted that he would do everything he could “to work with that nominee.” Rauner reversed course in a May 2016 interview, announcing that he wouldn’t back Trump if he became the party’s nominee or attend July’s Republican National Convention.
* Rauner refused to attend the national convention
* Rauner refused to endorse Trump.
* Rauner refused to comment on the national race, even after Trump’s primary victory over Ted Cruz in Illinois.
* The day after the general election, his office issued a statement that didn’t even mention the president-elect and said only that after “a long, grueling campaign cycle, both nationally and locally,” it was time to “put the election behind us” and “come together.”
“The truth is, Governor Rauner’s refusal to mention President Trump’s name is just a symptom of the larger problem,” said Jeanne Ives, a conservative reform Republican for Governor. “Governor Rauner ran as a conservative, without understanding conservatives, which is why – to him – I am a ‘fringe’ candidate. Rauner ran as a conservative, without respecting conservative values, which is why – to him – Trump and his supporters are ‘deplorable.’
“He doesn’t understand us. He doesn’t respect us. That is why it was so easy for him to betray us. No matter what he says now that he has a real conservative challenge in this race, it is just more lies and ‘fake news’ from Governor Rauner.”