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Gidney N Cloyd

(19,691 posts)
Mon Oct 19, 2015, 12:24 PM Oct 2015

Ex-Illinois Gov. Edgar (R), who backed Rauner, now slams him

Kind of a fun read. Rauner's ham-fisted quest to union-bust his way to a capitalist paradise in Illinois is itself-- the mere goals-- tearing the state to pieces. Somehow I don't think the Tribune will be picking this up off the wire...

Former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar — who last year campaigned for current Gov. Bruce Rauner, a fellow Republican — comes pretty close to savaging the rookie governor in a new interview out this weekend regarding the state's budget impasse.

In the interview with the Springfield State Journal-Register, Edgar says state government is in the worst shape he's ever seen it, and he lays a big part of the blame on Rauner.

Among other things, he says, Rauner is wrong to hold the budget "hostage" over non-budgetary policy goals; that his confrontations with Democratic legislative leaders have been counter-productive and unwisely focused on "personalities"; that the impasse is having real human consequence and endangering the state's vaunted higher education tradition; and that even Rauner's stated top goal — making Illinois more business-friendly — is being thwarted by his administration's actions.

"He does not come from government," Edgar said of Rauner, a venture capitalist before winning his first-ever political campaign in November to become governor. "He doesn't even really come from mainstream business. He comes from (being an) entrepreneur where you buy a business, you tear it apart and you sell it. ... I don't think you're going to tear apart the state and sell it. He might want to, but you can't do that."

In what probably qualifies as the worst thing anyone can say about an Illinois governor these days, Edgar said Rauner's government is, in some ways, worse than the government was under now-imprisoned ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich. While Edgar stressed in the interview than Blagojevich, a Democrat, wasn't "anything close to being a better governor" than Rauner, "at least Blagojevich ... was off doing his crazy things and state government kind of continued to move along. I don't think state government's moving along right now. I mean, I just think too many things are at a standstill."
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Ex-Illinois Gov. Edgar (R), who backed Rauner, now slams him (Original Post) Gidney N Cloyd Oct 2015 OP
that is YUGE news. ChairmanAgnostic Oct 2015 #1
Rauner has attacked Edgar. guillaumeb Oct 2015 #2
Too little too late. The damage is done. mucifer Oct 2015 #3
I guess they're testing the waters now... Cadfael Nov 2015 #4
I was surprised to see Rauner's dropped 'right to work' from his budget negotiation demand list. Gidney N Cloyd Nov 2015 #5
This guy scares me... Cadfael Nov 2015 #6
I crossed over to 'R' in the primary, too. Gidney N Cloyd Nov 2015 #7


(28,017 posts)
1. that is YUGE news.
Mon Oct 19, 2015, 12:46 PM
Oct 2015

Edgar is the one reason that so many moderates voted for Rauner, and who at that time thought that we who strongly argued against him were the crazies. Our warnings came out to be true.

Telling them I told you so does nothing except rub salt in the wound. Instead, we need to reach out to the moderates and convince Springpatch that everyone has to stand up to this dangerous loon.


(42,641 posts)
2. Rauner has attacked Edgar.
Fri Oct 23, 2015, 08:19 PM
Oct 2015

But Rauner's own appointed Comptroller, Leslie Munger, has also advised the Governor IN PUBLIC to back away from his political agenda and get down to governing. Or governin', as Bruce Ruiner would say.


(1,290 posts)
4. I guess they're testing the waters now...
Wed Nov 11, 2015, 01:29 PM
Nov 2015

I just got off the phone with someone purportedly from "CSI research" who was conducting a push-poll asking me if I was in favor of some form of legislation to save people from unwillingly having to join a union...."forced Union membership" or some such nonsense. I told the hell no and hung up.

Gidney N Cloyd

(19,691 posts)
5. I was surprised to see Rauner's dropped 'right to work' from his budget negotiation demand list.
Wed Nov 11, 2015, 01:45 PM
Nov 2015

That's a biggie. Workman's Comp "reform" is still there, though.


(1,290 posts)
6. This guy scares me...
Thu Nov 12, 2015, 08:21 PM
Nov 2015

He motivated me to pull my first and only R ballot in a primary. I sure hope he's a "one and done". I'm getting really sick of the "issue" ads that his seemingly bottomless pockets endlessly fund.

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