Rauner’s ‘Chris Kennedy moment’ puts a fitting capper on a nasty debate


Unbelievably, tellingly, Gov. Bruce Rauner had a “Chris Kennedy moment” after Thursday evening’s gubernatorial debate at the NBC Tower.

In a post-debate media appearance that streamed live online, Mark Maxwell, Capitol bureau chief for WCIA-TV Champaign, noted the nasty tone of the exchanges between Rauner and Democratic challenger J.B. Pritzker, and asked:

“Is there anything that you admire about Mr. Pritzker? An action or achievement? Is there anything you think he’s done that you think is worthy of praise?”

A slow pitch down the middle of the plate, yes. A predictable question that offers an easy chance to exhibit the magnanimity and grace most people like to see in their politicians, and one that played into Rauner’s recent declaration that he was newly committed to bipartisanship.

Former Chicago police Superintendent and current mayoral hopeful Garry McCarthy has an … um … interesting take on the July 7 anti-violence protest that shut down a portion of the Dan Ryan Expressway. In a show of unity, Superintendent Eddie Johnson and other officers walked side-by-side and arm-in-arm with the demonstrators during that march.

“They violated the law,” McCarthy said to host Bill Cameron on WLS-AM’s “Connected to Chicago” program Sept. 16. “That’s not OK. I mean, that’s not OK. We want police officers to enforce the law, not to violate it. And if an officer violates the law, they should be prosecuted. Whether it’s a shooting or whether it’s a domestic violence incident. Whether it’s stealing. Whether it’s working with narcotics dealers. Or walking onto the Dan Ryan in uniform.”

… in case you were wondering what a McCarthy administration would be like.


The winner of this week’s online reader poll for funniest tweet is a bit of advice from @thewritertype: “Confuse future archeologists by burying your pets in elaborate military uniforms.”

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September 21, 2018 at 06:00PM

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