The National Review has deemed Governor Bruce Rauner of Illinois as the worst Republican Governor in America.
They primarily focus on the Governors 44-point agenda pointed out during his first term and only get 5 of the points down and now he’s running for reelection, among what they cite as among his other shortcomings.
“This much is clear: Illinois hardly could do worse. It suffers from one of the weakest economies in the nation, with the slowest personal-income growth, low labor-force participation, and distressing levels of manufacturing job losses. Its tax burden is among the heaviest in the country.”
In a statement, Rauner’s campaign said, “We’re glad National Review pointed out that Mike Madigan and his cronies have consistently blocked Governor Rauner’s reform agenda just to protect their own corrupt practices. Governor Rauner will keep fighting to make Illinois a better place to live and work for everyone by working to lower property taxes, increasing school choice, and eliminating job-killing regulations.”
Another key point of criticism was his flip-flopping on his promise to veto an abortion bill that he ended up, instead, signing into law just this past September. The bill allows for taxpayer-funded abortions. Attempts are being made to block the bill, however, by local conservative groups.
His 2014 opponent, Kirk Dillard, who lost the primary to Rauner, said the criticism of the governor comes with the territory.
“I’m not sure anybody in public life has the kind of ratings that they want, it’s a long way to the election and I’ve told people the gubernatorial race is a tossup and I don’t put much stock in anybody’s ratings, in the National Review or any place at this point in time,” Dillard said.
Tim Schneider, chairman of the Illinois Republican Party, said, “National Review highlighted the simple fact that Republicans in Illinois are facing an uphill battle. It is not easy to challenge an entrenched career politician like Mike Madigan, but Bruce Rauner has fought to enact real reforms in our state. From school choice to cutting regulations that restrict job growth, Governor Rauner has shaken up the status quo, and continues to fight for change every day.”