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Conservatives Continue to Turn on Rauner – National Review Endorses Ives
NRO: “…Since taking office [Rauner] has mostly made it worse.”
Another day, another warning sign that Governor Bruce Rauner has a real problem holding onto his conservative base. Today, the National Review, a leading conservative outlet, endorsed state Representative Jeanne Ives over Rauner. And they were unequivocal about it:
“Voters in Illinois will head to the polls this Tuesday. They should vote for Jeanne Ives in the Republican gubernatorial primary over the thoroughly disappointing incumbent governor Bruce Rauner, who has forfeited any claim on his party’s nod.”
The endorsement comes at a horrible time for Rauner’s vulnerable primary campaign; a recent poll found Rauner leading Ives by a slim 42% to 35%.
The National Review slammed Rauner’s failure to deliver fiscally and noted that he’s “mostly made it worse.” But the outlet also focused on an issue that’s going to dog Rauner should he get through the primary – “His record is not just dreadful, but features a glaring lie.” Rauner angered, and continues to anger, conservatives over his untruthfulness.
That trust is hard to earn back.
“Bruce Rauner’s abysmal failure of leadership is turning off conservatives just when he needs them most,” said DGA Illinois Communications Director Sam Salustro. “Even if Rauner gets through his primary, his lies and failures will make it hard for Illinois voters to put their faith in him again. Illinois families want someone who will fight for them, but Rauner’s failed to put their interests first.”