Mailboxes, radios and TV sets have been bombarded with extraordinarily misleading ads from Bruce Rauner about his opponent State Rep. Jeanne Ives.
They have been effective.
I know because Republican Precinct Committeemen and former Committeemen have indicated that they think Ives is an ally of Mike Madigan.
That nothing could be farther from the truth does not seem to bother Rauner.
The radio ad in which Rauner claims that Ives does not want an immediate repeal of the Democrats’ (plus turncoat Republicans’) income tax hike infuriates me the most.
Ives is quoted as saying she can’t control the Illinois General Assembly, that she cannot predict what will be sent to her desk, were she elected Governor.
That is a basic government.
And it applies to Rauner as well.
He can’t control what the Illinois House and Senate will do and he knows.
That’s why we have separated branches of government, rather than what the Chinese have just adopted–a dictator for life.
I guess that is what galls me.
He isn’t telling the truth in his advertisements and he knows it.
Today in the mail came a little brown envelope address to me and my son.
When I published its front and back covers I thought it was a more ambitious effort.
Instead it is a little over 4 inches wide and six and three-quarters long.
It has only forty pages.
The type is small, maybe 8 points.
And, it reminds me of Phyllis Schlafly’s 1964 publication, “A Choice Not an Echo.”
That for younger readers was in support of Barry Goldwater’s Presidential candidacy against Lyndon Johnson.
It was a new element of campaigning, followed up by another, less circulated book entitled, “A Texan Looks at Lyndon.”
Now sixty-four years later, the Ives campaign has put out something that may have more effect than Schlafly’s book.
In her cover letter, Ives even echos Schlafly’s title.
She writes about her candidacy as providing “a real choice.”
I am guessing it was mailed to all Republican Primary voters.
So, how many people will read the book by Chris Cleveland?
And how many will be convinced to put aside the falsehoods being sprayed about by the Rauger campaign?
That, in my opinion will decide if Ives wins or whether the millions spent to falsely besmirch her name will succeed in re-nominating Rauner.