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State Central Committeeman to IL conservatives: We are fools not to back Rauner

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On Illinois Review's Facebook Page over the weekend, Evanston Township GOP Chairman Blair Garber expressed his support for Illinois National Committeeman Rich Porter's views as circulated in a letter to IL GOP State Central Committee members and published in Illinois Review last week.

Garber, who is also a member of the IL GOP State Central Committee, picked up Committeeman Porter's theme of sticking behind Governor Rauner, saying, "So long as Bruce has the best chance of winning we are fools not to back him and I say that even after these last two bills which I’m outraged he signed…"


Chairman Garber wrote: 

The Illinois GOP will never be a majority party until and unless we can accept people with ideas different than our own for the sake of shared common goals.

Good government, fiscal conservatism, constitutionally limited government, economic freedom, social and religious liberty. These are our common goals, and The American Dream.

Let’s never lose sight of that, always remembering the fact that someone we agreed with 80% is an ally and not an enemy.

As we grow the party these differences will increase not decrease.

Concentration on common ground issues that unite us all are the only way to beat the organized corruption of the Machine Politics which now rule our State.

If Madigan can this easily distract and disunity us from supporting re-electing the only governor that has stood up to him, not capitulated to him, not been bullied or bought, we are the losers not him.

In this Richard Porter is exactly correct. 

So long as Bruce has the best chance of winning we are fools not to back him and I say that even after these last two bills which I’m outraged he signed.

Let’s not forget Bruce has already spent and committed millions to funding legislative candidates far more conservative than he is for the greater good of reform.

 
Mr. Garber's comments drew response from Republican leadership. 
 
Mr. Garber, what you and Mr. Porter fail to understand is there are those of us who have principles and convictions and these are more important than "the win". Unfortunately, Rauner was able to fool some during his first run; it won't happen again. You know what they say – the fire is always hotter in hell for those who purposely lead others there with him.

 
"Let’s not forget Bruce has already spent and committed millions to funding legislative candidates far more conservative than he is for the greater good of reform." Wait, we are supposed to give Rauner a pass for signing bills that go completely against both the Illinois AND National Republican Platforms because he has bought and paid for the ILGOP?! What good does it do to help get those conservative legislators elected when their own governor signs bills that NO REPUBLICANS voted for??
 
Chairman Garber responded: 
Terri Koyne it helps by getting Republicans closer to the legislative majority so bill like those will not be written.
And went on later to write: 

Richard and I understand only too well that your commitment to your principles and convictions in the social sphere are more important than winning. 


Unfortunately in politics you have to win in order to actually act on your principles and convictions. 

So is the point to hold those convictions or to win and legislate with those convictions?

GOP State Senator Sam McCann (who has faced two Rauner-funded primary challengers) entered the discussion, writing: 
 
The “leadership” of both parties is equally power hungry. There are three primary components within both major parties.
There’s the people (the “voters”, the “masses”); the platform; and the upper echelon of those wanting control – I can’t bring myself to call them “leaders”. It’s become a politburo system on both sides. 
 
Good public policy and what we stand for, components one and two, respectively, end up meaning nothing to the third component: that upper tier group of people who turn citizen against citizen and either ignore or distort the guiding principles of the parties and the founding documents of our nation. 
 
There’s only one way to fix it – to take it back – and that’s a revolution at the ballot box where the people stop responding to the dog whistles of both parties.
 
The rest of the discussion is on Illinois Review's Facebook Page HERE.

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39 COMMENTS

  1. There already was a revolution last November. People like Blair and his friends Bruce and Richard made sure it skipped Illinois. It was duly noted. Electing Illinois Republicans is not a revolution. It’s throwing in the towel.

  2. Sorry, but the sanctity of life is non-negotiable. I will not support anyone if they pursue abortion legislation and funding.
    This is not an idea where we can allow diversity. Let’s argue about the size and role of government, whether ball players can kneel during the anthem, whether some drugs should be legalized…but never can we compromise on the fact that there is a human life–a person–in the womb who deserves life and liberty too.

  3. Governor Bruce Rauner needs a MESSAGE with PLANS and IDEAS that will gain him universal support in order to get re-elected. So far he has NONE. A sad situation for ALL illinoisans…get ready for Governor Pritzker.

  4. Garber now joins Porter as TWO so-called “Illinois Republican Leaders” who should RESIGN.
    How many more “Republican” State Central Committeemen should be added to this list?
    I can add one more, who thinks he should be my next County Clerk.
    NO State Central Committeeman should also hold public office, as his vested interest in staying on the public payroll will overshadow his duty to the Party.

  5. Chairman Mao, President Cullerton,Speaker Madigan and Governor Rauner all believe in killing the unborn.
    Now China realize they are becoming a country of only old people.
    The unborn are innocent babies. Have their baby bodies torn limb from limb. Their baby head crushed.
    Which one of these unborn babies would have been the person curing cancer.
    No one has the right to kill another human being who is innocent. Unborn is not a crime.
    God Bless America
    Carl Lambrecht

  6. I’ve been a Republican all my life BLAIR but I can guarantee you that in the next election for Governor I’ll
    be voting Constitution or Libertarian but sure as hell not Republican!
    Go ahead, tell me I’m wasting a vote and Rauner will be better in a 2nd term. Hahahahahhaaaaaaa

  7. I don’t recall your being concerned when your incumbent County Clerk ran for State Central Committeeman with your vigorous support and lost “Observer” – why is now different for you? Did he offer you a job or what? Hypocrite.

  8. This guy just looks like the stereotype Republican that goes to the country club and smokes cigars with his buddies Richard and Bruce and hates all those downstate rednecks with their churches and their families and their guns.

  9. Once again I have to point out that NONE of these Republican state central committee members are elected directly by GOP primary voters as they used to be before 1992 and as the Illinois Democratic state central committee members still are. Because they have no real voters behind them they have no credibility as spokespersons for GOP primary voters. They all appoint each other to their fake positions as fake party leaders so why should anyone listen to what they have to say?

  10. This republican is working hard daily to get the message out to potential March 2018 voters to be backing William Kelly Governor and his running mate from Rockford Brian Leggero for Lt. Gov and also to back James Marter to oust Adam Kinzinger. kinzinger actually publicly stated about himself that he fully supports the majority ruling by supreme court on same-sex marriage. He also supports allowing amnesty and citizenship for ILLEGALS! Help get them on the ballot with gathering petition signatures. http://www.WilliamJKelly.org and http://www.Marter4Congress.com

  11. He never offered me a job, and I wouldn’t have accepted it.
    I stood aside to allow him to take over my chairman’s post of our local GOP precinct organization, to give him a feather in his cap to advance to the state central committee, which position he succeeded in winning (where did you get the idea he “lost?”)
    Both new posts went to his head. Arrogance became apparent when he began issuing orders, and threats he would “bring it up at the next meeting” if he wasn’t OBEYED.
    So much for honor and generosity.

  12. Michael, please use a sarcasm font when you’re kidding.
    I don’t know Bill Kelly… nothing against him… he may be a perfectly nice guy…. but the idea of him running for governor of Illinois is simply ludicrous.
    We need to nominate someone who is legitimate as a candidate for statewide office – a state rep or state senator or congressman. A Peter Breen or Jeanne Ives or Matt Murphy…
    On Illinois Review, we try very hard to take politics seriously. This is too important a race to waste time on somebody whose draw would be in the single digits.
    (and that’s nothing against him… I’m not running either, for the same reason. I’ve never been elected and I’m not a billionaire, so I couldn’t win either. we need a conservative platform Republican who can WIN.)
    JFD

  13. Correct – 0%. The Republican Party in Evanston Twp. is practically a 3rd party there – behind the Schakowsky Democrat machine and the Green Party.
    And this guy is lecturing us all on successful political strategy?
    I assure you that all of Rauner’s Leftist Social justice agenda won’t garner any new votes for him in Garber’s realm — or anywhere else for that matter.
    But Rauner will have sacrificed the 30% GOP base which is now avoiding him like Typhoid Mary.

  14. Thanks, Clint – you’re absolutely correct.
    Democrats fill the House and Senate seats in Evanston township – Republicans there are nothing but a cocktail circuit social club.
    The rest of us downstate are the ones that produce Republican elected officials – that and DuPage and Will Counties.
    Who died and made the 10th CD the ruling High Hill in IL? They are EXACTLY Why we are where we are.

  15. “The Illinois GOP will never be a majority party until and unless we can accept people with ideas different than our own for the sake of shared common goals.
    Good government, fiscal conservatism, constitutionally limited government, economic freedom, social and religious liberty. These are our common goals, and The American Dream.”
    So which one of these “common goals” has Rauner accomplished?
    Garber, Porter and Rauner should all have D’s after their names.

  16. Yeah, Mr. Republican didn’t even attend the 64 convention, which he had since 1940. Mr. Republican advised LBJ to pick Humphrey. Yeah, he sure was a true party man. RINO. No wonder why Dewey couldn’t even beat Truman. All these middle of the country folks couldn’t fathom voting Dewey.