By John Demspey, WLS-AM News
(CHICAGO) Wheaton Republican State Representative Jeanne Ives is confirming that she is exploring a challenge of incumbent Republican Bruce Rauner in the March 2018 primary election. Ives told “The Big John and Ramblin’ Ray Show” that Rauner betrayed conservatives and taxpayers in general when he signed House Bill 40, which paved the way for taxpayer-funded abortions.
“When the bill came up, HB 40, which is taxpayer funded abortion, he told our caucus that he would veto it. And by all reports that I’ve heard that the Cardinal (Blase Cupich) was told the same thing. And without even coming back to us and saying, ‘Well now I plan to sign it’, he simply signed it. I had a conversation with him two days before the signing of that bill. And he never told me upfront that he intended to sign it.”
Anyone challenging Rauner has to find a way to raise enough money to compete with Rauner’s deep pockets. The former venture capitalist has $66 million in his campaign fund, but Ives told WLS she will not let money dissuade her.
“We are gathering the resources to make a credible challenge to Governor Rauner. The chances are more likely than not that we will challenge him.”
Rauner formally announced his re-election bid on Monday. Reacting to criticism from conservatives on the abortion issue, Rauner told WLS last week, “Well you know, reasonable people can reasonably disagree. I’m pro-choice. I respect those who are pro-life very passionately and I’ve supported many many pro-life people and candidates. Reasonable people can reasonably disagree. As Ronald Reagan said, we’re a big tent. As Ronald Reagan said, we don’t speak ill of our fellow Republicans.”
Ives told Big John and Ramblin’ Ray it is telling that Rauner would go back on his word on such a major issue.
“You cannot trust him. He’s failed the integrity test. And even venture capitalist Rauner would have fired Governor Rauner by now.”