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Schweppe: Sorry I voted for Bruce Rauner

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WASHINGTON – Communications Director for American Principles Project Jon Schweppe issued his regrets about his 2014 vote for Bruce Rauner on the national news blog "The Pulse2016" this morning:

Like many pro-life Republicans, I held my nose and voted for Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner in 2014. That turned out to be a mistake. Below I tender my mea culpa.

In June, we wrote about Rauner’s opportunity to veto SB 1564, an oppressive, anti-religious freedom bill passed by Illinois’ Democrat-led state legislature, which would require pro-life medical professionals and pro-life pregnancy centers to participate in and/or openly advocate for abortion. Rauner, who famously campaigned on having “no social issues agenda,” signed SB 1564 into law on Friday.

Instead of siding with the faithful pro-life conservatives who believed his “social issues” campaign promise and worked hard to get him elected in 2014, Rauner chose to embrace radical anti-religious leftists and pro-abortion advocates who will never vote for him anyway.

So much for the lesser of two evils, he wrote HERE.

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24 COMMENTS

  1. This is not Texas, it’s Illinois and right wing extremists who put their dated social agenda up against the real burning issues facing this state maybe should consider living elsewhere. This is a moderate, centrist to left leaning state. Maybe you would be happier if Gov. Squeezy was still in office. No candidate you would want could ever win state wide office here. You are out of touch and do not represent the views of most Republicans in this state. Take your Christian Taliban lifestyle to some other ignorant, backward state.
    I haven’t been as proud of a Governor of this state in my long lifetime. Keep up the good work for the people of Illinois Mr. Rauner.

  2. Based on what does this guy think will lose tens of thousands of pro-life votes. It was well known who he and his wife were before the election and they jumped in the cesspool with him anyway. You lie down with dogs you get fleas. It won’t affect their vote next election. They’ll justify it in their heads. “He’s better than Durbin, Madigan, etc.”

  3. Haha, Mr. Muscatel –
    Evidently you’re so drunk you don’t care about First Amendment rights. Do you care about Second Amendment rights?
    Fact is the Governor ignored counsel about religious freedom and free speech rights and believed that it would be fine to limit some people’s speech and make them say things they don’t want to say.
    Is it outdated and rightwing to oppose that?

  4. I am finding Gov. Rauner’s move discouraging and a little surprising. I wonder if he’s made a back room deal to cooperate with the left’s social agenda to get some compromise out of them on his fiscal agenda.

  5. I don’t regret my 2014 votes. In the primary, I voted for Dan Rutherford because he had a proven conservative record, as a state rep., state sen., and state treasurer. In the general election, I voted for Chad Grimm, of the Libertarian Party. Grimm said that he’s pro-life and that, if he won, he’d like to sign a bill that would repeal the law that allows illegal aliens to get driver’s licenses.

  6. Billionair Bruce Rauner was RINO when he ran, RINO when he won, and RINO as he “governs” Illinois. No need to tell yourself fairy tales about “back room deals,” Bruce’s Pro-Abortion credentials were always right there for anyone to look up, IF they wanted to. Rauner and his insiders ooze contempt for real conservatives. And like many conservatives, I plan to sit on my hands until we have a REAL Republican Party in Illinois again, not the Bruce Rauner RINO Party of Mark Kirk, Pat Brady, and Jim Durkin…

  7. We have not lost the right to be morally outraged about the watering down of our lawful religious freedoms, nor have we lost the right to fight against the state established apostate Christian doctrine. The coercive state of Illinois is trying to force Christians to sin. The state of Illinois says no, you cannot worship God your way, you must worship your God our way and only that way even though Constitutional law is supreme. The corrupt Illinois gov’t must obey the law… and make no mistake, the state constitution is the supreme law of this state!
    The corrupt Illinois general assembly cannot separate freedom of worship, right of conscience, and freedom of speech without denying Christians the free exercise of religion. Take away any one of those three away and Christians are unlawfully denied religious freedom.
    Illinois Constitution’s Bill of Rights: Article 1, Section 3, Religious Freedom
    “The FREE (without coercion) exercise and enjoyment of religious profession and worship, without discrimination, shall forever be guaranteed, and no person shall be denied any civil or political right, privilege or capacity, on account of his religious opinions; but the liberty of conscience hereby secured shall not be construed to dispense with oaths or affirmations, excuse acts of licentiousness, or justify practices inconsistent with the peace or safety of the State. No person shall be required to attend or support any ministry or place of worship against his consent, nor shall any preference be given by law to any religious denomination or mode of worship. “ (Source: Illinois Constitution)
    And for the record, there is only an Islamic Taliban… that liberals like you love!

  8. Of course, if the “Taliban” conservatives just picked up and left the state, who would put Gov Rauner over the top giving him that stunning mandate from 50.3% of the voters? 2018 is only two short years away. He’s the only thing standing between you and a highly Progressive income tax. And that .4% of the electorate is all that’s standing in the way of another liberal Dem governor.
    And also, anyone who just disagrees with their government should just move? I always thought that we were supposed to work the system and effect change if we didn’t like what our government does?

  9. Frank,
    Gov Rauner will sign a tax hike after November – he’s consistently warned that he will IF he gets some of his reform agenda.
    Actually there will be a tax hike after the election and BEFORE the new members are sworn in. The Democrats will see to it and have the votes to override any obstacle he puts up.

  10. Doubtful. He agreed with them to begin with. Signing this bill into law only validates that. He couldn’t be happier to sign this law. His wife is happy. He was not dragged kicking and screaming.

  11. I support RAuner and social issues are not a strong indicator of the ability of an individual in a leadership position, you need a moral compass that is for certain, but the issue of women’s rights has been beaten into the ground. It is pretty obvious that the Demon-c-Rats hold the position that “Black Lives don’t matter” when it comes to abortion. There are social issues here involving a culture that is pretty promiscuous and hence there are many unplanned pregnancies that result, so to force the woman to bear a child and rear it alone for 18-20 years with questionable outcomes is not a practice we should be concerned with at this time. There must be an awareness in the black community that either they use protection or the results are known and it is not a pretty scene.

  12. LOL, as a former Illinoisan for over 55 years and now residing in Texas I am saddened for the family and friends that we left behind as we continue to watch the state of Chicago/Rauner disintegrate around them financially and morally. I was lucky enough to sell my home and escape. As my family and I prosper here in the Lone Star state we will think of all of the things that the government has not ruined in the state…pizza and Italian Beef!

  13. Robert, please don’t sit on your hands, concerning this year’s U.S. Senate race. Chad Koppie, the Constitution Party candidate, is pro-life, pro-gun rights, pro-tax cuts, and pro-spending cuts.

  14. Social issues against the real burning issues … Yeah, who cares about overturning the Sixth Commandment and the First Amendment when there are books to be balanced and pensions to be dished out?

  15. I’m not sure edbowe has any idea on what issue he is commenting. This issue has to do with forcing people to perform abortions against their will. It has nothing to do with forcing a woman to bear a child. Please educate yourself on the issues.

  16. Very well stated. And I might add that the Chamber of Commerce “moderate” crowd should fear a boycott of Trump voters on their downticket candidates.
    Rauner refused to appear at the GOP National convention which endorsed Donald Trump. How many GOP Congressional and state legislative candidates in Illinois do you think can prevail if Trump voters boycott them – the same way Rauner boycotted Trump?