Thursday, after seeing a Chicago Tribune story about a bill Jack Franks sponsored that Governor Bruce Rauner decided to implement, I thought that Franks was kissing up to Rauner.
After reading a follow-up article in the Northwest Herald, I’m now wondering if the reverse was the case.
It is clear that Franks is disturbed at Rauner’s having $20 million sitting in his campaign fund.
Read the story entitled, “There’s no longer a safe seat anywhere.”
Even with $485,000 sitting in his campaign fund, Franks can be beaten.
He knows that.
In 2010, he got 64% of the vote.
In 2014, Franks’ percentage slid to 56.8%. [A commenter points out I got the wrong percentage. Sorry. Don’t know if I pulled up an incomplete election night number or what. Franks got 58.53%; Reick 41.45%, according to McVote.]
That’s after spending $56.000 to defeat Reick.
Reick, on the other hand, spent $12,500 during the same time period (from October 1st through the end of December.)
However, in the short-run, Rauner needs to pick up a House Democrat who will be willing to sustain his vetoes.
Since the Dems have 71 members and Franks is getting along so well with Rauner, he could be that vote.
Some think that a detente between Republican Party leaders and Franks explains the lack of well-financed challengers to the Democrat since Tom Salvi almost cleaned his clock in 2000.
That’s despite the many votes that have made Franks vulnerable since he decided he wasn’t vulnerable.