In Illinois midterms it’s Republicans vs. the Chicago Democratic machine and media bias, with Democrats hoping to capitalize on the controversy over a now-deleted video of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) telling the Chicago Tribune he had smoked crack cocaine. Rauner, who was not present at the event, has denied the exchange, and Rauner’s Republican opponent for Governor, J.B. Pritzker (D), has called for Rauner to resign.
The most important question at this point: Are Democrats in Illinois really running on a record of protecting minority voters?
This is an important question, of course, and on the surface not much of it is evident.
A few of the Republicans running for governor, all of whom have supported President Donald Trump, have expressed support for the Affordable Care Act, and have generally opposed Democratic legislation that would make it even harder for some of the state’s poorest people to get insurance. That said, neither Rauner nor Pritzker has signed on to the state House bill to expand Medicaid, which has been a source of tension between Democrats and Republicans in Illinois. And, like many in Cook County, suburban Cook County is heavily Democratic, even more so than Cook County’s more economically conservative rural area.
And Republicans running in Illinois tend to be more moderate than Rauner and Pritzker, though the latter is at least as conservative as the governor. On average, Democrats’ best-known Republican gubernatorial candidate, Jesus “Chuy” Garcia (D), had a much more conservative, and at times even racist, record than Rauner, and in several recent speeches he has talked of being proud to have “chosen to have Trump” on the ticket, suggesting that he would have endorsed Trump in 2016 but that he doesn’t really have anything against a Republican president.
There is, however, one candidate running who has been on the record opposing Democratic legislation that makes it harder for residents to get insurance, though she has not been a leading candidate