Gov. Bruce Rauner slammed a controversial ad from state Rep. Jeanne Ives, his rival in the Republican primary, and criticized proposals to legalize recreational marijuana during a Daily Herald editorial board interview Monday.
Regarding the ad, “I think it’s shameful, it’s shameful. Ugly, hateful, mean-spirited,” Rauner said.
Ives, of Wheaton, is standing behind the commercial that focuses on transgender people, women who have abortions and undocumented immigrants, among other issues.
In the ad, a man dressed as a women in a red dress says, “Thank you, Gov. Rauner, for letting me use the girls’ bathrooms.” A woman wearing a pink hat like those worn by many participants in the Jan. 20 Women’s March thanks Rauner for “letting Illinois families pay for my abortions.” And a white man with a bandanna over his face thanks Rauner for making “Illinois a sanctuary state for illegal immigrant criminals.”
“I don’t think it reflects the Republican Party,” said Rauner, an investment banker from Winnetka. “I don’t think it reflects the values of the people of Illinois and