Craig Wilcox said only Gov. Bruce Rauner and his closest advisers know exactly why the governor has denied debating Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) before the GOP primary.
“Some possibilities might include advisers suggesting it would not be a wise re-election strategy, they might have concern that a debate might stir additional scrutiny on decisions he has made as governor,” Wilcox, the McHenry County Board member looking to replace Sen. Pamela Althoff (R-McHenry) who is not seeking re-election in the 32nd District, told the Lake County Gazette.
Guest columnist Scott Reeder wrote in the Chicago Tribune that Rauner has refused multiple attempts to debate Ives. “The University of Illinois at Springfield, WMAY radio and the State Journal-Register tried to organize a GOP debate for next month, but according to the newspaper Rauner has indicated he won’t go,” Reeder wrote.
Wilcox said some reasons may be that Rauner is busy governing and campaigning, that he doesn't like debating, or it might not be his strong suit.
“As for myself, I would sooner leave the notion of why he chooses for or against a debate with Rep. Ives to Gov. Rauner to explain, but I do think he owes the voters a reason one way or the other,” Wilcox said.
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