Majority of Congressional Republicans Abandon Rauner, But He Doesn’t Want To Talk About It

Chicago, IL – Four of Illinois’ seven GOP congressmen are refusing to back Bruce Rauner, leaving the failed governor with dwindling support as campaign season heats up. When asked about his missing endorsers, Rauner dodged questions and ended his press conference. 

Here’s what those four Congressional Republicans have to say about Rauner’s reelection bid:

“I’m watching it … It’s a rough time right now in the state of Illinois, and there’s some rough situations to be straightened out … I was in leadership when Jeanne Ives came in, and so, I wish her well.” —Congressman Mike Bost, 11/27/17
 
“The governor knows that I'm not happy with a couple positions that he's taken … I'm going to stay out of it.” —Congressman John Shimkus, 11/20/17
 
“I am currently focused on my own re-election to the 18th Congressional District. I plan to wait and see who ends up filing to run for governor before making any decision on an endorsement.” —Congressman Darin LaHood, 11/1/17
 
“I’ve got to reevaluate that and I’ll reevaluate that in the right time.” —Congressman Peter Roskam, 10/20/17 

“Bruce Rauner is so toxic that a majority of his own party’s Congressional delegation refuses to support him,” said Pritzker campaign spokeswoman Jordan Abudayyeh. “After lying to people right, left, and center and causing irreparable harm to the state, this failed governor is all on his own.”

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Michael Berger