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Bruce Rauner's running mate 'unclear on the concept' of the lieutenant governor

Capitol Fax's Rich Miller reported yesterday that Bruce Rauner's running mate, the Republican lieutenant governor nominee, Evelyn Sanguinetti, is "Truly unclear on the concept" on what her role may be in that office should she get elected this November.

Bruce Rauner's running mate, Republican lieutenant governor nominee Evelyn Sanguinetti, is confused about the role.
Bruce Rauner's running mate, Republican lieutenant governor nominee Evelyn Sanguinetti, is confused about the role.
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When asked about her role, Sanguinetti tells Hola America TV that it "Depends on the governor. It’s up to the governor to give us a role. And so with Bruce Rauner we’re going to work as a team. I will be his partner. And wherever he’s not, I will be able to make decisions in his stead. And it’s a great deal for the taxpayer because we’ll both be working hand in hand with one another."

Rich Miller says that "If she’s gonna have gubernatorial powers, perhaps the Rauner campaign ought to explain what those would be."

But Rauner spokesman Mike Schrimpf interpreted the remarks, according to Natasha Korecki of the Chicago Sun Times. "What Evelyn meant is that she and Bruce will be totally in sync that she could walk into any meeting and clearly represent his views on any given issue," Schrimpf said.

But it isn't the first time that Sanguinetti made a similar statement. Miller quotes a "helpful" Democrat, who quotes Sanguinetti at a June 7th Palatine Republican Township meeting. "So, the governor must have chosen somebody who is likeminded to run alongside him so, should your governor be unable to serve, your lieutenant governor must be, without skipping a beat, able to lead on day one so Bruce and I are going to have a partnership. I’m not going to stand back and wait until something happens or anything like that. It’s going to be a partnership."

Then adding, "Wherever he is not, I will be there in his stead making the hard decisions."

Miller says, "She’s not going to wait for Rauner to become incapacitated before she steps in and does something? Considering that she’s such a hardcore social conservative, the Quinnsters could have a field day with this goofiness."

Rauner's campaign has been struggling of late, having been asked to put forth a budget in view of the fact that a tax increase will sunset on Dec. 31, 2014, and place a $2 billion dollar hole in the budget. That is not chicken feed.

In fact, Rauner's solution was chicken feed. Crain's reported that yesterday at a news conference, held at a Midway Airport Hotel in Chicago, Rauner gave his answer to the billion dollar problem facing the Illinois budget.

Chickens.

Not just any chickens, but prairie chickens from Kansas. Very expensive prairie chickens from Kansas.

That is not chicken feed.

After months of evading the press and elected officials about what he would do as governor of Illinois, the answers are here.

Rich Miller's Capitol Fax reported in late May that WTTW Chicago Tonight host Phil Ponce asked political reporter Paris Schutz if Rauner has yet come up with an alternative plan to making the income tax hike permanent. Schutz told Ponce, “Phil, he hasn’t. And today he said he wanted to wait for those lawmakers to figure out what they’re going to do before he unveiled the specifics of his [plan].”

However, Miller reported that a Rauner spokesperson insisted "We are going to be coming out with our own plan of spending priorities and tax strategies in the not too distant future."

The not-to-distant future is here, finally, as Rauner announced his plan.

In fact, in the proposed Rauner budget he has a solution to this billion-dollar problem by making chicken dead meat. Rauner's proposal on this pressing issue is for the Quinn administration to stop "spending money on the flying in prairie chickens from Kansas to boost Illinois' population of the birds."

It is admittedly a serious problem and the way Rauner and his running mate were acting, millions, if not billions were being wasted on the notorious "prairie chickens from Kansas."

The savings to the taxpayers and a drum roll please.

$117,000 in savings to Illinois taxpayers, says Crain's.

Seriously, that is chicken feed and a waste of time for Rauner to even entertain this. For his part, Rauner was ridiculed on social media for the poor optics of chickens solving the state budget crisis, according to Miller.

Besides, the Quinn administration cried fowl. Miller said the Quinn campaign explained it like this according to Miller: "State hunters pay a fee into an endangered species replenishment fund that transported this species. The federal government also supports this program. State taxpayers did not pay a single dime for this endangered species program."

Not that is really chicken feed.