ILLINOIS: Embattled GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner Rides Harley In Clip Announcing 2018 Reelection Bid [VIDEO]

The Chicago Tribune reports:

Gov. Bruce Rauner made official Monday morning what had long been expected, formally announcing plans to seek a second term as the state’s chief executive despite turmoil within his own Republican Party.

His campaign released a two-minute-plus video in which a Harley-Davidson riding Rauner criticizes his chief political nemesis, Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan. Rauner positions his re-election bid to voters as a choice: Either “throw in the towel, walk away and leave our future to the same corrupt career politicians, or we can fight.”

Rauner makes his formal re-election declaration amid contentious times for the GOP in Illinois. The former private equity investor used his personal wealth to rebuild the party into a formidable campaign extension.

But a series of controversial bill signings, capped by last month’s approval of a bill to expand taxpayer-subsidized abortions to women covered by Medicaid and state employee health insurance, have left Rauner searching for a base of support as social conservatives look for someone to challenge him.

  • j.martindale

    If you can’t run on your competence or your opinions, run on gimmicks.

  • Michael R

    Needs more gerrymandering .

  • bkmn

    Its a real shame there weren’t some Dykes on Trikes around to show him up.

  • Treant

    Good, if the social conservatives (“forced birthers”) don’t come out, that means they might get a nice Democratic governor.

  • Dayglo

    I’d opt for “throw in the towel.” We’ve seen that work in Puerto Rico. Beautiful, soft paper towels.

  • Tawreos

    I always love it when the incumbent runs as an outsider, my congressman has done it in the last three of his even though he has been a congressman for 12 years

  • ByronK

    Ya, it’s not an official uniform, but he looks like a white David Clarke minus the cattle-less hat.

    • Uncle Mark

      He’s a corporate executive, who is always shown wearing flannel shirts…clearly in a shameless attempt to appeal to the “common man” and the downstate farmers, who voted for him. The past year, they’ve been running ads of him sitting on his ass, in a pristine workshop/man cave…except all the tools are neatly hung up and no project is on the workbench….a perfect representation of his governorship, where nothing has been done and nothing’s in the works and none of the tools have been used.

      • ByronK

        All tools, no wood?

  • greenmanTN

    What’s with the GOP “cover yourself in random baubles” thing? It reminds me of people in the 80s who would wear pins from every band they’d ever heard of, like them or not. It hasn’t improved with age.

    • Tawreos

      I think he worked at one of those restaurants that require employees to wear a certain amount of “flair”

    • DumbHairyApe

      Reminds me of travel luggage.

  • Danny De Jayeff

    What’s up with all the douche bags in the background with their arms folded in steadfast defiance? Ooh, scary.

    • Sam_Handwich

      angry non-black people

    • Treant

      They’re there so their whiteness can reflect the light onto his back side.

      Alternately, they’re the Angry White (mostly) Voters who swept him into office by a lands… a whole lo… by some votes.

      • Robincho

        Wow! All three of the Dreaded Homonyms in one sentence, and all used correctly! Go to the head of the class! And when you get there, give it your all… 😉

        • Treant

          I’ve never given head to an entire class before!

    • Tawreos

      They don’t like his bullshit either, but $20 is $20.

      • M Jackson

        I hope the kids are covered by the Jackie Coogan laws.

        • greenmanTN

          Only in that with those parents they’ll eventually fester.

          • Dayglo

            Could they be any whiter?

          • greenmanTN

            Well, yeah….

          • jerry

            Ouch…I’m crying uncle.

      • Gerry Fisher

        Ha! [ahem]

      • Danieruw

        Did they already receive their federal tax cut?

    • Gustav2

      The water in exurbia makes zombies.

    • Uncle Mark

      I keep seeing everyone standing close together with their arms folded in defiance as trying to block the governor from another run.

  • Todd20036

    Does this Harley make my dick look big?

    • Treant

      No, sorry. 🙂

    • Tawreos

      Sorry, it just confirms the miniature nature of the appendage.

    • Joe in PA

      I wonder if they make truck-nuts for motorcycles?

      • Stogiebear

        Why, yes. Yes they do.

        • Joe in PA

          Of COURSE they do…how silly of me. The graphics on that site are great!

          • Dayglo

            What message do the yellow ones send?

          • Joe in PA

            That depends upon the side of the bike they are hanging on.

          • Sporkfighter

            I think the yellow ones would look oh so appropriate hanging around his neck as a pendent.

          • Natty Enquirer

            Really says, “I’m a big dumb ape!”

          • -M-

            I laughed a lot at people with those on their vehicles when the recession hit. And at the people commuting between city and suburbs in those stupid civilian humvees.

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          • dagobarbz, fine Italian shoes

            Psst! They’re really Biker Boobs!

    • crewman

      No. It makes you look like a pandering dick though.

  • Natty Enquirer

    I see David Clarke loaned him a vest.

    • Joe in PA

      I guess lumberjack shirts are out this season?

      • Gustav2

        I dunno, ask a Lesbian.


        • Joe in PA

          rut row. Now you’ve done it.

          • greenmanTN
          • Joe in PA

            LOL, I’m posting that when Sarah Huckabilly does another presser.

            (idea stolen from @pickypecker. 🙂

          • Gustav2

            LOL One very cold winter Friday I wore one of my LL Bean heavy flannel shirts to work. The number of str8 women and Gay men who called me on it was amazing. They said it was my lumberjack costume.

            When I explained it was part of the stuff I wore in the boonies every other weekend they all called BS. Another time when asked what I did over the Christmas Holiday I said we had snowmobile races, they said I was lying then, too. No way I had ever been on a snowmobile, let alone race with my in-laws.

            Funny how coworkers think they know you.

          • Dayglo

            I got the same response when I wore my harness and codpiece to work. People can be hurtful.

          • Joe in PA

            Ah, it could have been the years of wearing Melania Hurricane Heels™ that gave you away. Ahem.


          • Gustav2

            Well. they were used to years of merino wool sweaters over starched shirts, pressed slacks and polished shoes. Of course, those were the only clothes I owned.

        • worstcultever

          lesbian upvote 🙂

    • The_Wretched

      I was wondering how much of the frill was earned or if it’s meaningless bling like Clarke’s.

    • Hank

      I’ve known guys in leather bars with just as much medals and patches on their vests!!! Some road Harleys some did not. In any case, it is hard to get close to all that stuff without getting jabbed/stuck!!!

  • greenmanTN

    A reminder. You can’t be funky if you haven’t got a soul.

    • Dayglo

      An even more relevant Bush Tetras song – “Too Many Creeps.”

  • another_steve

    The war within the Republican Party is a good thing. Every person of good will should welcome it. A divided Republican Party is an ineffectual Republican Party.

    I swear…sometimes I feel like sending a check to Steve Bannon with a note reading, “You go, gurl!

    • Tawreos

      Once elected, they are ineffectual at governing regardless of whether they are divided or not.

  • AndyinChicago

    What he did to education in this state is ridiculous. His battle on the budget screwed over the most vulnerable. The fact he says he’s fighting ht machine instead of building his own is lunacy. He has really hurt this state.

  • Uncle Mark

    The useless, clog of a governor (who reduced our state bonds to junk bond levels…getting nothing done because he refuses to negotiate ANYTHING) can just keep riding his motorcycle on out of this state.

  • Tatonka

    He slightly expanded Medicaid and indirectly helped to support reproductive rights? Surprising he hasn’t been burned at the stake.

    • Uncle Mark

      He did that quite recently after doing NOTHING for 4 years. Had to give something to the peasants

    • worstcultever

      Srsly – amidst all this me-too trumpist, disaster-capitalist, tribalist, costumed grandstanding, he’s pro-medicaid and pro-choice? Good fucking luck, you incoherent dumbass. You’re about to be crucified on a 4×6′ dead fetus poster.

    • iambu

      Illinois is weird. Most of us live in or near Chicago, which skews most things left. Our governor is kinda always a bad guy, regardless of party affiliation. People are largely complacent about certain things like gerrymandering and cronyism, even if we complain about them, but we’re up in arms a lot about bunch of other things. Rauner’s a republican, but can’t afford to be as far-right as politicians in other parts of the country or he’d lose his job. If I remember correctly, when he was first elected, he ran on that, “I’m not a politician, I’m a businessman! I’ll fix the all money problems!” line. He’s not the best or worst governor we’ve ever had, but I’m still never gonna vote for him.

  • Uncle Mark

    If he actually rode that Harley on Illinois roads, he would have vanished in one of our countless potholes, because that useless fucker couldn’t pass a budget the whole damned time he pretended to be governor

    • iambu

      Hey! They fixed up a li’l portion of Western after like 3 years of fuck-up-your-commute construction!

    • Rambie

      The years long work on the street in front of my office is finally getting close to complete, probably another year.

  • Phil in Colorado

    Always wanted to do a biker. Not so much anymore….

    • Silver Badger

      Oh come on. America needs organ donors.

      • Phil in Colorado

        DO a biker, not be one… Hell, I couldn’t even stay upright on a dirt bike when I was a kid…. 😉

        • Silver Badger

          I rode a bike back when I was young and invincible. Now, much later, I know that I am neither.

      • pch1013

        Um. There are a few of us motorcyclists on JMG, and we’re not all idiots. I’ve been riding for 25 years and am still very much alive, TYVM.

        • Silver Badger

          Never said you were. Back in my motorcycle days it was my experience that it was the car drivers that almost killed me. through their own carelessness.

          • pch1013

            Yes, and it’s only getting worse, what with the epidemic of distracted driving.

            I’m not God’s gift to motorcycle safety, but I did work as a motorcycle safety instructor for a couple of years, and I did my best to inculcate students with my own safety habits.

          • charemor

            I stopped riding my motorcycle last year for that very reason. Too many crazies out on the roads.

        • thecdn

          38 years, newb 🙂 But you couldn’t pay me to ride a harley.

          • pch1013

            I’m sure you’ve heard some of the jokes, e.g.:

            Q. What’s the difference between a vacuum cleaner and a Harley?

            A. On a Harley, the dirt bag is on the *outside*.

    • Robincho

      I can hop on my Schwinn and be at your place in a jiffy…

  • Lars Littlefield

    Gosh. Look at all that flair on his vest. If he doesn’t win reelection he’s sure to get a job waiting tables at Applebee’s.

  • Mike

    No offense to motorcycle riders, but there is a common thread among Republican male politicians, of a fondness for things that may be substitutes for under-endowed manhoods. Or maybe not. But probably. I can’t tell from the picture if the guy from Illinois has normal-size hands or little doll hands like Trump. His place on the gun-nut spectrum may provide further clues as well.

    • pch1013

      Some of us who ride non-Harley motorcycles feel the same way. Esp since Harley riders have a habit of treating us with contempt (insulting “Jap bikes”, not waving, etc.)

      Yes, I know, “not all Harley riders”!

  • Uncle Mark

    Looks like Bruce stole o’bunch of Sheriff Clarke’s pins

    • alguien

      or mugged a TGIfridays employee

  • TominDC

    The person with the darkest skin tone (blue polo, jeans, 3rd from right in the front row) looks horribly uncomfortable. Just look at how his left hand is gripping his right arm above the elbow, and compare it to the way the others have their arms folded…

    • Uncle Mark

      Kind of like Mitt Romney wearing a Sam’s Club shirt…and then waxxing rhapsodic about it during his last campaign. (He wears it for Halloween now.)

  • liondon#iamnotatraitor

    Did he spit when he got off the bike and punch a minority?

  • Lakeview Bob

    The only thing he is choosing is to run for another 4 year term of doing nothing.

    • Uncle Mark

      I swear the only thing that useless clog did was run political ads about himself two years into his “governorship.” A pet rock would have gotten more accomplished. So why is this re-election bid news? It was obvious YEARS ago.

      • Lakeview Bob

        He, like all republicans, believe only what they want is all that matters. They have no respect for democrats or any opposing view. This is primarily why they are so useless.

  • HZ81

    Sons of Patriarchy.

    Also, he’s been running commercials all weekend (at least) in Illinois, so well done on the launch today, assholes.

    • Rambie

      Yeah I agree, there has been ad’s for at least a week now even some on the radio.

  • Ninja0980

    You’re still a loser Bruce and will hopefully be shown the door next year.

  • JWC

    Another grey haired rich GOP suffering from Male menopause

  • Vista-Cruiser

    This from a politician who grew up in Lake Forest, and currently has a house in Winnetka, among other places. At least it’s a slight change from his usual uniform of flannel shirt and Carhartt jacket.

    Unfortunately, carefully crafted optics work on voters who think tribally. These people don’t want to take the time to understand the issues; they’re content to vote for candidates who appear to look and talk like one of them.

  • dagobarbz, fine Italian shoes

    He sure has a lot of trinkets on his vest…stick a cowboy hat on him, he could be Clarke’s white body double!

  • Jim Maloney

    Ooh, those people with their arms folded – so imposing. (Eyeroll)

  • labdad95

    The vibration feels good on his snatch.

  • MassageBear

    A friend of the family who used to be the nanny for his kids (when they were young) claims Governor “Ruiner” definitely has his eyes on the White House.

    • charemor

      Well, after his term as governor, the White House is something he can write off.

  • nocadrummer

    I only see 39 pieces of “flair”, Governor. The minimum here at Chotchkie’s is 39. You should be more like Trumps’s pretty boy over there, David Clark!

  • jm2

    he’s a multi-millionaire showoff and most people here know it!

  • DesertSun59

    He’s just not conservative enough for today’s Right wing Republican party. Get ready, IL. You’re about to be Teatarded.

  • stanhope

    I’ll leave the sweet, politically correct words to others…I’ll just say FUCK THIS MISERABLE ASSHOLE..PRITZKER to kick his ass or let his transgender sister do it.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Honey, if it’s one thing we gays understand it’s butching up….and your attempt is an epic fail; and seriously, what’s with the Sheriff Clarke Clutter Vest?

  • Tempus Fuggit

    I wasn’t sure how I’d vote, but this guy has a Harley, so…ok!

  • Michael Hampton

    He ruined our economy with his grandstanding. He has done nothing to improve our state. Goodbye Bruce. Thank you for proving that billionaires who don’t know politics shoudln’t be in charge of our government.

  • No More GOP.

    As if that vest were actually his. *humph* He needs to return it to the props department.