Tick Tock: 669 Days Without a Budget
In The News: JB Pritzker Campaign Debuts Tick Tock The Budget Clock
Tick Tock Joined Bruce Rauner For Breakfast At A Private Golf Course And Later At An Orland Park Press Conference
Chicago, IL – At almost 700 days without a state budget, the JB Pritzker for Governor campaign debuted Tick Tock The Budget Clock. Tick Tock joins the Crisis Creatin’ Rauner multimedia campaign to highlight the historically long budget crisis of Bruce Rauner’s own making. On Friday, Tick Tock joined Bruce Rauner at an Orland Park press conference where his team hid Rauner in the backyard to avoid the media. Fortunately, Tick Tock is on the job to ensure Rauner takes responsibility for his manufactured budget crisis and the countless families, schools, and social service agencies that are suffering under his failed leadership.
Gubernatorial Democratic hopeful and local billionaire JB Pritzker began trolling Gov. Bruce Rauner with an anthropomorphic clock Friday, part of a larger multimedia effort by the campaign to explicitly lay the state’s budget crisis at the feet of the governor. […] The character is a part of a larger effort by Pritzker called “Crisis Creatin’ Rauner,” which the campaign says is to hold “Rauner accountable for this crisis of his own making and the families, schools, and social service agencies that continue to pay the price.”
From Politico Illinois:
THE BUZZ: "Tick Tock" the Budget Clock. The J.B. Pritzker gubernatorial campaign is unveiling the character this morning, dispatching it to troll Gov. Bruce Rauner at two events, the campaign told POLITICO. But expect it to be here for the long haul. A person dressed as a giant clock will hold a sign with the amount of time the state has gone without a budget (we are at 696 days) while following around the Republican governor.
It's an anti-Bruce Rauner move right out of the Rauner playbook. Rauner's campaign team, some of whom worked for former Sen. Mark Kirk, love these characters. During Kirk's 2010 campaign, they sicced a shark to follow around his opponent, then-state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, to remind him of a loan to the mob-associated Michael "Jaws" Giorango. In 2014, the Rauner campaign came up with "Quinnochio" to badger then-Gov. Pat Quinn outside of events. That character was dressed up as Pinnocchio. If you've forgotten, here's Quinnochio on youtube . They also slapped a mask on another staffer who dressed in an orange jumpsuit to represent imprisoned ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
"Rauner deserves a constant reminder of how his failed leadership has hurt working families across Illinois - and Tick Tock will remind him of the alarming mess he has created every step of the way," Pritzker campaign spokeswoman Jordan Abudayyeh said in a statement.
From CBS Chicago:
As Governor Rauner arrived in Orland Park, “Tick-Tock” the Budget Clock was there, reminding everyone how long it has been since Illinois had a real spending plan. The clock was a stunt by the J.B. Pritzker campaign.
From ABC 7 Chicago:
The governor's pitch was moved to Andi and Ken Borucke's back yard to avoid any interruption by "Tick Tock the Budget Clock," a character sent by the J.B. Pritzker campaign with a May 31 deadline to come up with a budget for the first time since Rauner took office, Democrats accuse him of avoiding Springfield.
From NBC 5 Chicago:
With the state of Illinois poised to go through a third straight year without a budget deal, lawmakers and candidates are pointing fingers as a May 31 deadline looms. […] At the event, a protestor wearing a clock costume carried a sign indicating the number of days, nearly 700 in all, that the state has gone with a budget deal. The protestor was sent to the event by Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker, who criticized Rauner for his handling of the budget stalemate.
With a crucial legislative deadline just a few days away, political bickering over the state budget is heating up. […] Meanwhile, Democratic gubernatorial candidate, J.B. Pritzker, unveiled a new mascot called "Tick Tock the Budget Clock." The mascot trolled Rauner at a press conference Friday morning.
From Chicago Sun-Times:
Reporters covering the governor’s event in Orland Park were met by a J.B. Pritzker campaign mascot — a pancake-like costume with a clock sewn on top — representing 693 days without a state budget.