One-term blunder: Gov. Rauner’s self-inflicted wounds doomed him to failure

This time in 2015, Bruce Rauner looked well-positioned to be Illinois’ next governor-for-life. Before his inauguration, the rookie pol, a trim and vigorous 58, had the potential to write his name in state history next to Jim Thompson and Jim Edgar, socially moderate, fiscally pragmatic Republican chief executives who retired undefeated on their own terms in 1991 and 1999, respectively.

A determined, successful private equity investor, the self-made, Ivy League-educated Rauner promised to “drive results” — reverse the state’s fortunes by attracting jobs and fixing our finances. He had the personal wealth to support and potentially expand the GOP’s legislative coalition, and he had an agenda that included such popular items as term limits, nonpartisan political maps and more funding for K-12 education.

He blew it.

With arrogance bordering on opacity and a confrontational leadership style, Rauner squandered this promise, plunged the state into a destructive 736-day budget stalemate, made just about every major problem worse and ended up taking a humiliating 15.7 percentage-point loss in November to Democratic challenger J.B. Pritzker. His political nemesis, veteran Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan, increased the size of his seat majority to 74-44 over the 71-47 advantage he had when Rauner took office.

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via Commentary – Chicago Tribune

January 10, 2019 at 04:06PM

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