Rauner Picking a Big Fight
- Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner launched an unprecedented TV ad campaign Tuesday, attacking powerful Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan as state government teeters toward a shutdown next month.
The Rauner ad accuses Madigan of blocking the pro-business, anti-union changes the governor is seeking, saying all the speaker wants to do is raise taxes. At the Capitol, Madigan stuck to his weekslong theme by calling both the ad and Rauner's agenda "extreme."
Rauner's marketing tactic signals a new era in Illinois politics, with the wealthy governor taking his message directly to voters to try to gain leverage against his opponents in a continual campaign that goes far beyond traditional election contests. It's also in keeping with what Republicans privately say is Rauner's long-term strategy of demonizing Madigan in an effort to eventually reduce his power and influence.
Make Madigan the poster child for term limits and out-of-control spending. Point out that no one becomes successful in Illinois unless they're connected to the Combine and everything costs more precisely because Madigan has been fucking things up for so long. It's a good start.
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