CHICAGO - While on Joe Walsh's radio show yesterday, GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner was asked how he intends to "break up the Madigan Machine?" Rauner responded:
That's a great question. It's gonna be a challenge. But if there's anyone that can do it, I'm the man.
I can't be intimidated or bribed, I don't need a job - this isn't the best job I'll ever have. And I don't want a political career. I want to transform the government.
And Madigan's never dealt with someone like me. He's dealt with career politicians who need favors, who need money, who are worried about re-election. That ain't me. I can stand up to him.
And I'm also a very aggressive negotiator. I know how to leverage and advantage. And I've got big advantages. The power of the governorship, if you're willing to shake it up, is hugely powerful.
You have executive order ability like very few other governors have. You have line item veto, amendatory veto. You control the checkbook and the spending. You control the contract negotiations with the government union bosses and the suppliers.
I can do things no career politician would think about doing. I can run the government like a business, challenge the government unions and their power, transform their deal through contract negotiations, and stand up to Madigan, because I know where his special interest groups are, and I can go after them.
My special interest groups are the people of the state who are being abused with taxes and deteriorating schools.
The rest of the interview is HERE