Governor Bruce Rauner is ramping up his campaign for re-election.
TV ads, fly-arounds, visits with local chambers of commerce, tours of factories, etc.
But, why would Republicans want to re-elect him?
In McHenry County Rauner showed no concern for the Republicans at ground level fighting Democrat Jack Franks’ attempt to take over county government.
He signed the bill that gave more power to Franks–the power to cast a vote in case of ties.
Now, I’ll grants that its sponsorship by State Rep. Mike Tryon and State Senator Pam Althoff, both Republicans, might have confused his staff.
And Rauner did display signs of bromance with Franks during now-State Rep. Steve Reick’s brave run against Franks in 2014.
But signing the bill certainly gave no reason for McHenry County Republicans to care whether he won in 2018 or not.
However, there is a big “HOWEVER.”
As inept as that bill signing was and as irritating as Rauner’s 2014 patting of Franks on the back was, if Rauner is not re-elected in 2018, Mike Madigan will again decide legislative boundaries.
Peter Michling was set to run against Franks in 2002, but, guess what?
Madigan, undoubtedly as Franks’ suggestion, put his home is another State Rep. district.
(That action could have resulted in Franks being featured in the John Oliver excellent report on reapportionment. He cites a parallel situation in Brooklyn.)
In 2010, Franks again exercised the prerogative of being one of Mike Madigan’s members by excising the precincts he lost in Spring Grove to John O’Neil in the 2010 election.
And those of us in the Crystal Lake area are continually reminded of how our area was carved into three state senate and state rep. districts by Madigan.
So, reapportionment counts.
That’s why I shall be supporting Bruce Rauner for re-election.