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With Pritzker’s Approval, Sam McCann joins Governor’s Race: HERE’S WHY…

April 23, 2018

Photo via Chicago Tribune

Sam McCann has joined the race for Illinois Governor.  He made the announcement last Thursday. 

In his coming out talking points to media, he said this as reported by the Chicago Tribune:

“I’m the only person in this race who has consistently stood up to Rauner and (Democratic House Speaker Michael) Madigan and their machine when it came time to fight for the rights of working people in Illinois. As your governor, I will continue to lead that fight,” McCann said.

“They have failed us: Rauner and Chicago Democrats have led our state down the wrong path. Higher taxes, backward morals and disregard for the rule of law is the Illinois they’ve created. It’s time for a real transformation for the state of Illinois,” he said.

Of course, Bruce Rauner has tried to paste McCann as a stooge of Michael Madigan.  Cue up the "The Real Sam McCann" website.  (Gee, doesn't that look a lot like the Rauner campaign's template against Jeannie Ives?) 

I like Sam McCann and consider him a friend of gun rights. 

At the same time, as I see things, Sam McCann is not running to preserve and protect gun rights in Illinois.  He's running as payback to Governor Bruce Rauner.

See, Bruce Rauner bankrolled not one, but two primary opponents in a row against the wildly popular Senator McCann.  McCann soundly trounced the first.  This time around, McCann threw in the towel and walked away.

However, as a parting gift to Bruce Rauner, Sam McCann is running as a conservative for Illinois governor.

Without a doubt, Sam McCann knows that Bruce Rauner needs every vote from every conservative in Illinois to win re-election.  In fact, Rauner must energize Republicans, first and foremost, to get them to the polls.  And then to motivate them enough to pull the lever for "Bruce Rauner for governor".

McCann knows that if he siphons off even 2 or 3 percent of disaffected conservatives, Rauner is toast.  The Democrats know this too.  The Operating Engineers Local 150 just dropped 50G on the conservative Sam McCann's campaign just days ago.  Best money they ever spent, they're thinking.  Hence also why JB Pritzker has had nothing but nice things to say about McCann's entry into the race.

Literally every vote that is not cast for Bruce Rauner is one less vote JB Pritzker needs to win.  Or, written another way, a vote for any candidate but Rauner translates to a vote for Pritzker.

And with Chicago residents casting 14,000+ more votes than they have registered voters in November 2016, Rauner needs every vote he can get.  Yes, "vote early and vote often" really happens in Chicago.

While Sam McCann stands as a true 2A patriot, JB Pritzker has never met a gun control measure he does not support.

In running this race as a spoiler to punish Bruce Rauner, Sam McCann does not have gun owners' best interests at heart.  Not by a long shot.  Instead, he's out for revenge.

And, I might add, this proves that not only are third party votes literally wasted, but they often become counter-productive.  Certainly in this case, they will set us up to have our gun rights further eroded.  

But Sam McCann will have the final laugh against his nemesis Bruce Rauner  – assuming he can get enough petition signatures to get on the ballot.  If you're like me and asked to sign one of those, it might be in the best interests of your gun rights if you refuse.

9 Responses to With Pritzker’s Approval, Sam McCann joins Governor’s Race: HERE’S WHY…

  1. GSL 1589 on April 23, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    For whatever reason, I have never really warmed up to McCann, now it is obvious he is just a spoiler against Rauner and that just turns my stomach. Rauner has not been great but has always opposed Madigan, and in turn Madigan has used his political machine against anything Rauner has attempted without working for the betterment of Illinois and its citizens. Madigan is all about Madigan's power in state politics and I truly believe Rauner has has the best interests of Illinois' citizens at heart. With pudgy Pritzer in the governor's office, Madigan will rule until Pritzer follows Blago to prison (hopefully+), I believe he is just another corrupt Chicago politician.

  2. Dale on April 23, 2018 at 7:41 pm

    Thanks McCann for guaranteeing a Pritzker win!

    • Phil on April 26, 2018 at 2:25 am

      Well said!

  3. peewee on April 23, 2018 at 10:11 pm

    Rauner is a long way from a decent Republican Governor but JB is 100 times worse. I will not be signing anything.

    I will hold my nose and vote Rauner. I will also be calling his office every week reminding them that gun owners are his best chance of re-election and that MY vote depends on his support for the 2A,

    I hope others do the same

  4. Jim Brown on April 24, 2018 at 5:11 am

    Another Illinois politition placing their own gain or in this case revenge ahead of the interest of the people of Illinois.  Yes: the best place to fight this is at the petition stage, keep him off the ballot and he won't take votes away from Rauner, do not sign!  I expect a huge fight over just that with Rauner spending a lot to chalenge every signature.   Jim.

  5. george b on April 24, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    We need to find a liberal democrat that hates JB and get them on the ballot. 

  6. george b on April 24, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    Have you guys seen this video on JB?  Why is he not in Prison setting along side Rod B?  


    • Bill on April 25, 2018 at 8:51 pm

      Yep, saw it and it's 14 minutes long and by the end you will be sitting there in shock shaking you're head in disbelief. If you think Illinois is corrupt you have no idea until you see this. 

  7. Lou on April 26, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    Sam's feelings got hurt, So he will stick it to the gun owners ? sound right ?