Throwback Thursday: Rauner Disses Bloomington-Normal, Gets Caught, Blames Others for “Spinning” His Words

ll week, Governor Bruce Rauner has dealt with the fallout over his dis of the Champaign-Urbana workforce – he was called out by local officials and forced to apologize, but quickly tried to deflect blame by claiming his words were “taken out of context.” A similar scene played out just over a month ago when Rauner was caught badmouthing another central Illinois town as undesirable for job creators and tried to blame his opponents and the media for “spinning” his words.

For months, Rauner told the story about how no one wanted to move into a Bloomington-Normal automotive plant as a metaphor for the state’s economy. Rauner’s story made no sense considering he had attended a ribbon cutting at the same plant a year previously. Confronted with his lie, Rauner tried to blame his “political opponents” for “spinning up a bunch of kind of false spin in the media and the blogs and with a reporter in Springfield.”

“History seems to be repeating itself with Bruce Rauner – first you dis a local town and then you try and blame someone else,” said DGA Illinois Communications Director Sam Salustro. “As evidenced by his three-year budget crisis, Rauner’s always been more focused on playing political games than working for the betterment of Illinois families.”

Rauner Claims Words Were "Taken Out of Context"

One day after WCIA reported that Governor Bruce Rauner “appeared to blame the people of Champaign-Urbana for big technology companies leaving the state,” Rauner sort of apologized to community leaders for his remarks following a fierce backlash. But, unable to take full responsibility for anything, Rauner also claimed that “my statements got taken out of context.”

Really? Here’s Rauner talking about tech jobs leaving Illinois last week:

“There’s several reasons, but part of the reason is, Champaign-Urbana is wonderful, but it’s very hard to keep a company of more than six people there. There’s no convenient transportation, not much of a workforce. It’s very hard.

Rauner’s comment drew instant and overwhelming rebuke from the community and economic leaders, including one Republican state Senator who called for Rauner to apologize. Well, he got half of one.

“Amazing. Bruce Rauner cannot even apologize for badmouthing our state and workers without trying to dodge responsibility,” said  DGA Illinois Communications Director Sam Salustro. “Rauner got caught dissing Champaign-Urbana just like he bashes Illinois in what is just a desperate attempt to distract from his three years of failed leadership.”

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