By Paul Caprio -
As most of you know, Bruce Rauner was not my choice to be the Republican nominee for Governor of Illinois. I supported Kirk Dillard because of his proven pro-life and pro-family record and his ability, if elected, to provide what I believed would be the talent necessary to prevent Illinois from further deterioration.
Although I supported Dillard, Family-Pac did not make an endorsement. Since we had donors supporting all four of the GOP candidates, I did not feel it was appropriate to use any Family-Pac funds to support Dillard. I wanted to keep Family-Pac united at a time when government infringement upon Christian values and religious freedom has never been greater.
Now I must squarely face the issue of Rauner, Quinn, the Libertarian, or a "no" vote tomorrow when I go to cast my vote.
We all know what we will get if Pat Quinn is re-elected … the back of his hand. Quinn, an apostate Catholic, has made his “war on traditional family values” the hallmark of his Administration. Instead of spending his time solving Illinois’ vexing pension and economic problems, Quinn’s priority has been the promotion of same sex marriage, abortion, and an attack on faith-based adoption. He has been successful and that’s why he must be defeated.
Voting for a Libertarian candidate or not voting for Governor achieves nothing for us, in my opinion, but something for Quinn. It splits the anti-Quinn vote.
That brings us to Bruce Rauner. On most pro-family issues, Rauner is not in agreement with us. However, on two issues of importance to us he is … taxes and parental notification.
Rauner promises to oppose the continuation of Quinn’s 67% tax increase that has so devastated the Illinois economy and many family budgets. I believe he will do something to reduce both corporate and individual taxes if elected. Tax policy is a family issue.
Personal Pac and the pro-abortion lobby has set as their priority next year the removal of our parental notification law. Bruce Rauner has stated, “I support parental notification and some restrictions on late-term pregnancy.” Rauner has said this time and time again across Illinois. If he is elected Governor and if such a bill were to reach his desk, we would expect a veto.
If we lose the parental notification fight in Springfield next year … thousands of innocent lives will be lost and Illinois will again become a dumping ground for teenage abortion.
I can’t live with that risk. We’ve seen a lot of broken promises … but I take Bruce Rauner at his word regarding his position on parental notification.
For these reasons, I have decided to cast my vote for Bruce Rauner.
Finally, I want to emphasize that neither I nor Family-Pac has solicited or accepted any money from Rauner unlike some. I want nothing from him but good pro-family policy and will accept nothing less should he be elected.
I realize that some of you will reach other conclusions and I respect that. I deeply appreciate your continued commitment to protecting America and Illinois from the radical left. I’m proud to be by your side in this battle. May Our Lord always bless you and your family.
Please pray for Bruce Rauner … that the Lord would lead him, if elected, to be a great Governor of Illinois by doing God’s will. I will be praying for that too.
Paul Caprio is Director of Family-PAC