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More dissonance on Rauner’s right flank

Monday, Oct 22, 2018

* Rep. Jeanne Ives told Greg Hinz this

I definitely think there will be a change in leadership of the party after Rauner loses

After he loses?

* Ives appeared on NewsTalk 97.1 FM this afternoon and the host said “It seems as though the Republican Party in the state of Illinois is in a massive amount of disarray right now.” Ives’ response

Oh, no doubt. You have Republicans all over the place… The Republican Party is in complete disarray. Let’s face it, Rauner is going to lose, in my estimation.

[Hat tip: Jake]

* Meanwhile…

* DPI…

“Bruce Rauner spent months cozying up to Donald Trump and adopting his policies, but in the end, he has just wasted time trying to win back a base that wants nothing to do with him,” said DPI Statewide Communications Director Sam Salustro. “Rauner’s lies and failures have proven too much for Jeanne Ives, Allen Skillicorn, and conservative voters across the state to forgive. As Rauner closes out his failed campaign, Republicans are already planning for a future that doesn’t include him.”

…Adding… He says he’s no “silent partner”

Governor Bruce Rauner takes some opposition to a Facebook video posted by his Democratic election opponent JB Pritzker that essentially paints President Donald Trump and Rauner with the same brush.

The video in part refers to Trump as a “misogynist” — and Rauner as Trump’s “local silent partner.” Rauner tells WGIL he’s no “silent partner” — but that doesn’t mean he’s completely anti-Trump.

- Posted by Rich Miller   16 Comments      

Rauner’s minority hiring record checked, and new ads from both candidates on race

Monday, Oct 22, 2018

* Last week

When asked the percentage of blacks and Latinos working on his campaign or in his administration, Rauner said he didn’t have a figure. Instead, he said rather than focusing on staff, “it’s results for families.”

“I don’t know the exact number. In our campaign we’ve got African-American members of our campaign. We have Latino members. I don’t know the exact numbers,” he said. “Our administration has (a) huge number and I’ve appointed many African-Americans to key boards, key leadership positions in our departments and many Latinos as well.”

* WBEZ took a look at the claimed “huge number” of minorities in his administration

The vast majority of Rauner’s appointees to state boards, commissions, and task forces were white, while men far outnumber women in those panels. In the three years ending June 30, Rauner made nearly 1,200 such appointments. His picks for those posts were 73 percent white, 10 percent black, 6 percent Hispanic, and 3 percent Asian. No race was given for 7 percent of the Rauner appointees.

Women made up 36 percent of Rauner’s appointees to state board, commission, and task force positions in the last three years.

At the 38 state agencies under Rauner’s control, 30 of Rauner’s department heads are white, four are black, two are Hispanic, and two are Asian. Twenty-seven are men, and 11 are women.

* By comparison

As of July 1, 2017, the people of Illinois were 61.3 percent white, 17.3 Hispanic, 14.6 percent black, and 5.7 percent Asian, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

The problem here is that this Rauner info is only available because of a recent state law. So, there’s no way to easily compare Rauner’s hiring/appointment record to his predecessors’ records. Maybe it’s a good record in comparison, maybe it’s not. We just don’t know.

…Adding… DPI Executive Director Christian Mitchell…

No one should be shocked by Bruce Rauner’s failure to build a diverse administration. Despite Rauner’s Trumpian claim that he’s done more for the black community than ‘any other governor,’ Rauner has completely failed communities of color. Rauner referred to Chicago teachers as illiterate, and schools for minority children as ‘crumbling prisons.’ Rauner replaced nearly his entire senior staff with members of a right-wing think tank who commissioned a cartoon that both Republicans and Democrats condemned as racist. And Rauner’s two-year budget crisis led to cuts TO CeaseFire, child care programs, and education that hurt minority communities. Rauner’s embrace of Trumpian policies is a direct insult to Illinois women, Latinos, African-Americans, and anyone who sees Illinois’ diversity as a strength. This report is merely proof of a fact that Illinoisans already know: Bruce Rauner has failed every community in this state, and none more profoundly than communities of color.

* Rauner was also pressed on the number of minorities in high-level campaign positions by Mike Flannery

FLANNERY: Let me ask you. Your opponent’s been caught up in controversy about alleged discrimination and racial issues on his staff. How many senior staff in your campaign are African American?

RAUNER: We have many African Americans on our staff. We have many Latinos.

FLANNERY: But not in senior positions.

RAUNER: “Well, we have Rhonda, and a number are very senior. Chauncey’s senior. We have many Latinos. The issue though, Mike, is not staff, it’s policy to drive results.

Rhonda Brown is a consultant and Chauncey Colquitt is his minority outreach person (Colquitt is allied with Maze Jackson). I’m not sure if that qualifies as “senior” staff.

* Meanwhile

Today, the Rauner campaign is launching a new digital video highlighting JB Pritzker’s pattern of racial discrimination. The video features the news that broke last week that the Pritzker campaign is being sued by its own staff alleging a “cesspool of racial discrimination.” The video then cuts to Pritzker’s conversation with disgraced ex-governor Rod Blagojevich calling Jesse White the “least offensive” African American.

The lawsuit follows a recent IG report stating Pritzker committed a “scheme to defraud” taxpayers and Pritzker’s previous attempts to buy political office from Rod Blagojevich. It’s clear that JB Pritzker lacks the character and integrity to be governor.

* The ad

* And the Pritzker campaign is running this spot featuring Juliana Stratton on black radio

* Script

Hi, I’m Juliana Stratton, and I’m running for lieutenant governor with JB Pritzker.

I think about my dad who marched in Selma, and it was a March that was really to bring attention to the fact that so many blacks in the south did not have access to the ballot.

If I’m elected, I will be the first ever black lieutenant governor in Illinois history, and when I think about that, it’s an awesome responsibility. I just think about how but for people like my dad and so many others who marched and fought and raised their voices, some of whom even lost their lives, so that I could be a candidate.

I see this as a tremendous opportunity for all people. All people that have often been marginalized. All people who have not been recognized and acknowledged as important voices in our state.

Again, this is Juliana Stratton. Please don’t miss this opportunity to have your voice heard. Make sure you vote.

- Posted by Rich Miller   10 Comments      

Raoul heads into home stretch with new negative spot

Monday, Oct 22, 2018

* This narrative has been building behind the scenes for the past couple of weeks…

* Greg Hinz

There’s another race on the ballot that is almost as important. And if political insiders are to be believed, it has gotten much closer than most people realize, with an upset being within the realm of possibility. This is the contest for Illinois attorney general between state Sen. Kwame Raoul, D-Chicago, and the GOP nominee, Erika Harold, an attorney from Champaign.

* It’s not easy to “define” a young African-American woman as hard-right on social issues because it seems so counter-intuitive to average voters. And Raoul’s Downstate TV ads have been no different than his Chicago TV ads, so he’s talking about LGBTQ issues, abortion rights and “Obamacare.” I’m assured that everything in those ads has tested well, but if that’s the case then these constant rumors about a tightening race might undermine that testing

Can Harold win? The “wave” environment would suggest not, but if voters are looking for a check on JB Pritzker and Speaker Madigan and they can’t bring themselves to vote for Gov. Rauner, she might be a realistic option. At least, that’s what the Republicans are hoping for. It’s probably too bad she can’t just come right out and say that in an ad, but much of her money is coming from Rauner, so it’s unlikely that she can or will.

* Press release…

Today, Democratic candidate for attorney general Kwame Raoul released a new ad - “Scared” - featuring two Illinois voters who speak candidly about their preexisting conditions and fear that Republican Erika Harold will take their healthcare coverage away.

* The ad

* Script

Courtney: I have been living with endometriosis for 20 years.

Linda: I was healthy, except for the MS. Scared to death with the MS.

Courtney: I was having to make choices between groceries or the medication I needed. When people like Erika Harold threaten Obamacare, I can’t believe how little she values people like me with preexisting conditions.

Linda: The threat of Obamacare being taken away is one of those sort of bad dreams. So when I hear that politicians like Erika Harold wanting to repeal Obamacare, I get angry, and honestly get scared.

Courtney: I can’t vote for Erika Harold.

Linda: Absolutely not.


- Posted by Rich Miller   21 Comments      

*** UPDATED x2 *** Plaintiffs holding press conference today

Monday, Oct 22, 2018

* From last night…

I checked this morning and the Pritzker campaign has still not been served.

* Pritzker’s field staff gets Mondays off, so some of them are using that time to hold a press conference this morning. But the press conference was organized about as well as the lawsuit. Two reporters told me that the advisory went out just a few minutes before the presser was about to begin at 2925 S. Wabash, which isn’t all that close to most reporters…

Again, that’s not to say their stories are untrue. But as I’ve already pointed out, that lawsuit is full of holes.

* From the Pritzker campaign…

The fact is, there is no basis for the accusations being made. Everything about the way this has been handled, from the threat to sue unless a $7.5 million dollar payment was made to the fact that their lawyer seems far more interested in conducting interviews and holding press conferences than even serving necessary papers that would allow the case to be dismissed, tell you all you need to know. JB and Juliana are proud of the diverse and inclusive campaign they are running.

I’ll let you know what happens.

…Adding… I forgot to include the WMAQ TV story from Friday evening which featured three former Pritzker staffers. Weirdly enough, not one of them made any new allegations, so I’m not sure what the heck that was supposed to be about. Click here to watch it yourself.

*** UPDATE 1 *** The press packet distributed to reporters is here. Not much there. From the event…

*** UPDATE 2 *** Video of the event is here.

…Adding… During the press conference, plaintiff Maxwell Little says he sent two specific complaints to headquarters. The Pritzker campaign says that never happened.

- Posted by Rich Miller   50 Comments      

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