Ives May Have Found Tool to Beat Rauner

Jeanne Ives

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.

Inside was a little book about which I have writte previously.

When I published its front and back covers I thought it was a more ambitious effort.

Is this the modern day equivalent of “A Choice Not An Echo?”

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.


Ives May Have Found Tool to Beat Rauner — 15 Comments

  1. Sunshine blogger, I envision the book of your accomplishments to be 2 1/2 inches wide, 3 1/4 inches long with approximately 3 pages with minimal reading; mostly pictures of old campaign signs, cats, and shotguns. Any ghost writer out there? Stay tuned…tic, tock, tic, tock, meow, meow…

  2. Who wrote that letter?

    Dear Republicans,

    I want to be governor.

    Bruce Rauner is lying.

    He says I’m a RINO.

    And if you elect me, you will lose more than $49MM in backing over the next four years.

    But don’t worry.

    I’ll make up for it by being ideologically pure and doing nothing.

    VOTE FOR ME!!!!!
    You won’t regret it.


    Rep. Ives

  3. You have to wonder if Rauner is guilty of harboring illegal aliens in Illinois by virtue of him making Illinois a sanctuary state. If so, perhaps the U.S. Attorney General should consider bringing charges against him for violation of the following U.S. Code:

    Title 8, U.S.C. § 1324(a) defines several distinct offenses related to aliens. Subsection 1324(a)(1)(i)-(v) prohibits alien smuggling, domestic transportation of unauthorized aliens, concealing or harboring unauthorized aliens, encouraging or inducing unauthorized aliens to enter the United States, and engaging in a conspiracy or aiding and abetting any of the preceding acts. Subsection 1324(a)(2) prohibits bringing or attempting to bring unauthorized aliens to the United States in any manner whatsoever, even at a designated port of entry. Subsection 1324(a)(3).

    Alien Smuggling — Subsection 1324(a)(1)(A)(i) makes it an offense for any person who — knowing that a person is an alien, to bring to or attempts to bring to the United States in any manner whatsoever such person at a place other than a designated port of entry or place other than as designated by the Commissioner, regardless of whether such alien has received prior official authorization to come to, enter, or reside in the United States and regardless of any future official action which may be taken with respect to such alien.

    Domestic Transporting — Subsection 1324(a)(1)(A)(ii) makes it an offense for any person who — knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remains in the United States in violation of law, transports, or moves or attempts to transport or move such alien within the United States by means of transportation or otherwise, in furtherance of such violation of law.

    Harboring — Subsection 1324(a)(1)(A)(iii) makes it an offense for any person who — knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remains in the United States in violation of law, conceals harbors, or shields from detection, or attempts to conceal, harbor, or shield from detection, such alien in any place, including any building or any means of transportation.

  4. Ives, Aye.
    Rauner, Nay.
    3.20 Judgement Day.


  5. spotlight, what good does money do the GOP if they stand for nothing and their most loyal activists and voters abandon them? Money can’t buy elections. Ask Hillary.

  6. I love to watch Republicans fight. I’m like a pacifist at the Army-Navy game. I just want to see either side humiliated.

  7. Haven’t read your article yet, but if I’m Ives or anyone on her campaign, I’d be sending a cease-and-desist to McHenry County blog for the photos that you’re posting!

  8. She is going to get a solid 35%, Strong run Jeanne. Maybe she will even break 37%. Fingers crossed.

  9. It wasn’t enough that Rauner betrayed his voters, lied to the Arch Diocese, now he’s lying about his opponent.

    I’m for truth. Not necessarily positive campaigning.

    If you have facts, state them, but these are out and out lies.

    She wiped the floor with him in the Chic. Tribune Editorial board interview.

    He’s so weak that he has to lie.

  10. Republicans love watching the Democrats fight too.

    It was pretty funny when Bernie people stayed home and Trump got elected.

  11. Who’s the bigger Liar?

    Jack Franks

    Brucie Rauner

    Mary McClellan

    Ans: a 3 way tie!

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