In lat­est Turn­around Agenda, Rauner shifts his po­lit­i­cal ac­tiv­ity to Florida

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - MARK BROWN PO­LIT­I­CAL MAT­TERS mark­brown@suntimes.com | @MarkBrownC­ST

Illi­nois vot­ers gave Repub­li­can Gov. Bruce Rauner a pretty clear in­di­ca­tion of what they thought of him in 2018 with a 54%38% drub­bing at the hands of Demo­crat J.B. Pritzker — a los­ing mar­gin of nearly 714,000 votes.

Now Rauner has re­turned the com­pli­ment by vot­ing with his feet.

The one-term gover­nor has switched his voter reg­is­tra­tion to his water­front man­sion in Key Largo, Florida, just south of Mi­ami.

I can’t say whether that’s sour grapes on Rauner’s part or just an ef­fort to save money on taxes (Florida doesn’t have a state in­come tax). I could un­der­stand a de­sire to vote in a swing state.

But the move cer­tainly doesn’t speak to any deep at­tach­ment to Illi­nois or its peo­ple, as Rauner pro­fessed while shelling out big bucks to get elected in the first place.

Rauner signed up to vote in Mon­roe County, Florida, on May 27, 2020. He is reg­is­tered as a Repub­li­can.

The Rauners sold their home in Win­netka last year, although they still main­tain a condo over­look­ing Mil­len­nium Park, a New York pent­house and ranches in Mon­tana and Wy­oming, at last check.

Rauner’s wife, Diana, who runs an early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion non­profit head­quar­tered in Chicago, con­tin­ues to be reg­is­tered to vote here.

The for­mer gover­nor ar­guably re­ceived some mea­sure of vin­di­ca­tion in July in his feud with Illi­nois House Speaker Mike Madi­gan when charges were filed against Com­mon­wealth Edi­son im­pli­cat­ing Madi­gan as the unin­dicted Pub­lic Of­fi­cial A who ben­e­fit­ted from the util­ity’s in­flu­ence-buy­ing efforts.

Rauner has not made cam­paign do­na­tions in his own name to any­one in Illi­nois dur­ing the cur­rent two-year elec­tion cy­cle, state records show.

House Repub­li­can Leader Jim Durkin said he has spo­ken with Rauner sev­eral times about get­ting in­volved. And Durkin still seemed to be hold­ing out hope the ven­ture cap­i­tal­ist might help House GOP can­di­dates.

“He’s aware of what we have at stake,” Durkin said.

For­mer Gover­nor Bruce Rauner

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