© 2023 WGLT
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Barickman: Rauner Bailout Attempt Tried To Cheat Voters

State Sen. Jason Barickman said Friday that Bruce Rauner never fully grasped the job and responsibility of governor.

The Bloomington Republican was responding to news that Rauner tried to find someone to take his place as a candidate for governor during the middle of the campaign.

Barickman said the report just makes you scratch your head and shake it negatively.

"First of all, it's not the way the process works. Incumbent governors don't get to select their replacement," said Barickman. 

Rauner reportedly asked four different people to take the job of running for governor as late as August.

"It's disingenuous at best. Most importantly it cheats Republican voters from their opportunity to have a say in this. And that's their voice that gets shut out," said Barickman.

Barickman said this shows Rauner's failure to understand the political and legislative processes.

Listen to the entire interview with State Senator Jason Barickman, including how the state GOP can recover from Governor Rauner's presence in Illinois politics.

People like you value experienced, knowledgeable and award-winning journalism that covers meaningful stories in Bloomington-Normal. To support more stories and interviews like this one, please consider making a contribution.

WGLT Senior Reporter Charlie Schlenker has spent more than three award-winning decades in radio. He lives in Normal with his family.