Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, left, is in a tough race against Democratic Challenger J. B. Pritzker, right, who has ties to ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
(Illinois state photo/AP/Pritzker-Facebook)
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, a moderate Republican, barely survived the bruising primary against a conservative Challenger, is a another nasty fight, as he heads in November – this time against a billionaire heir with close ties to disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
Rauner, who ran four years ago as a private, problem-solver, challenging career politician who has struggled for months to keep even GOP support in the blue state in the midst of a conservative backlash over a string of decisions in the office.
But now he is tasked with unifying the Illinois Republicans to challenge from Democrat J. B. Pritzker repel—an heir to the Hyatt hotel fortune estimated at 3.4 billion USD, net assets, and the brother of Obama administration Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker.
Shut to heal GOP divisions and a common enemy, Rauner house Republicans at an event in Marion, Ill., to The People’s “Pledge” backing-term-limits—largely speaker of the house Mike Madigan is aimed at unloved state, who the speaker was, and since the 1980s.
“The people of Illinois are sick and tired of destructive, high taxes and corruption,” Rauner said in a statement. “By signing” The people’s pledge,’ candidates for the state house of representatives and demonstrate their commitment to cleaning up state government by time limits and replacing of Mike Madigan as speaker.”
Rauner is the first campaign that stressed a reform, much like President Trump the offer in 2016. But he’s mostly kept his distance from trump to the beginning of this month in Rosemont, Ill., as Vice President, Mike Pence, at a loss for the embattled Republic and the Rauner Mike Pence said, “together with President Trump, they do it for every American, especially now. We transform the American economy.”
The Pritzker campaign has tried to tie the Governor of Trump.
“After a 736-day budget crisis in Illinois, racking up billions of dollars in national debt, force, and waffling about all that, and decide of its support for the right of a woman, whether he has voted in favour of Donald Trump, Illinoisans across the political spectrum ready to see Bruce Rauner voted in November,” Pritzker spokeswoman Galia Slayen told Fox News.
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A Pritzker-ad claims to be a Rauner company is benefiting from the trump-administrative separation of illegal immigrant families—the ” Associated Press fact check, you said, was wrong. Rauner, in turn, is running ads about Blagojevich and Madigan, and others, the claims based on the reporting from the Chicago Sun-Times that Pritzker far toilets of one of his luxury homes to Dodge taxes-property.
The two Pritzker and Rauner, with a reported net worth of $500 million, are financially independent. Pritzker reportedly $contributed 76 million euros of his own money to his campaign, and Rauner $has contributed 50 million.
And both candidates come with baggage; Pritzker had close contacts with Blagojevich and Madigan.
“It is one of the most expensive races in the country,” said Rod McCulloch, owner of the victory research opinion research Institute. “It’s a race to the bottom. Heaven forbid either run a positive ad.”
Blago is Back
Blagojevich, the democratic Governor removed from office and sentenced to 14 years in prison, to sell, among other crimes, trying to Barack Obama’s Senate seat, has played a large role in the race.
The democratic candidate, and wife, Mary Kay, Pritzker allegedly $140 000 carried at least to Blagojevich’s two campaigns for Governor in 2002 and 2006. It was argued that the Pritzker did anything improper regarding his Association with Blagojevich.
Rauner campaign ads have highlighted, FBI recordings of Nov. 14, 2008-chat between Blagojevich and Pritzker discussion, the name of the Senate shortly after Obama’s election to the presidency.
During the conversation, Pritker proposed naming Secretary of state Jesse of the Senate Know, because “it covers the African-American thing.”
Blagojevich suggested to then-Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr Pritzker, please, replied, “Oh God, no … I mean, it would be a nightmare. I hope you don’t do that.”
Later, Blagojevich joked about naming Obama’s controversial former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, to the Senate seat.
“How funny it would be to Rev. Wright to send it? I would be recording bet you, he would take it,” said Blagojevich in the FBI.
Pritzker replied, “Hilarious.”
Blagojevich said, “Would be the f—ing funny?”
“Hilarious. Oh my God,” Pritzker replied.
Blagojevich goes on to say, “right there in the Senate. “It is not God Bless America. It is God d—- America.'”
Pritzker repeatedly, “God d-America.”
Trump, the state GOP strategy is complicated when he said he was considering a pardon for Blagojevich. Shortly thereafter, the Illinois Republican congressional delegation wrote to beg a letter to the President, he is against the grace.
Conservative Republicans were furious when Rauner signed a law to state Medicaid dollars for abortion, and Illinois, what critics of illegal immigration as a “sanctuary.” The conservative National Review magazine ran a headline calling Rauner, “The Worst Republican Governor in America.”
Rauner defeated conservative state Rep. Jeanne Ives in the March Republican primary by a slim 52-48 margin close enough that in his victory speech, the Governor said, “Those of you, around the state of Illinois, she wanted to send me a message, let me be clear, I heard you.”
Republican state sen. Sam McCann is now on the Conservative party ticket, resulting in another problem.
Pritzker now holds a 15-point lead over Rauner in the victory Research poll of 1,200 state voters released on 3. July. But the cook Political report, the race gets a tossup, while in the Interior of the elections, it counts as leaning Democrat.
Fox News’ Power Rankings rated the race as “lean Democrat.”
None of the candidates is particularly popular, according to capital Fax/We Ask America poll in June.
“Madigan has a stamped-and for a long time, right or wrong, the Republicans have said, done a good job demonizing him,” McCulloch. “In parts of downstate, Trump won by huge margins, Pritzker could have to Outdo walk a fine line in keeping Rauner.”