Rauner Refuses to Lead, Will Not Stand Up to the NRA
Today, Governor Bruce Rauner announced he would veto the first major gun violence prevention bill to reach his desk since the tragic shootings in Florida and Chicago. Leaders from around the state called on Rauner to take a leadership role in the debate over gun legislation, but Rauner has spent weeks dodging the responsibilities of his job. It culminated yesterday in a robotic performance of Rauner awkwardly repeating a tired talking point over and over.
Facing intense pressure from the NRA and his primary opponent, Rauner decided to end the farce and veto the first major gun violence prevention bill to hit his desk.
“Bruce Rauner failed as a leader, today,” said DGA Illinois Communications Director Sam Salustro. “Families from all over the state have had enough with gun violence and called on Rauner to take a leadership role in protecting them. Instead, they got a stream of empty rhetoric and platitudes, and the confirmation that Rauner will never stand up to the NRA.”