Bruce Rauner, GOP candidate for Illinois governor was scheduled to speak at tonight’s Rock Island County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner until he got wind of the “inflammatory” views of another scheduled speaker, Rev. Don Johnson.
The good Reverend is a black pastor of a Rock Island Baptist church who has, unsurprisingly, extremely conservative view on social issues and is especially incensed by Barack Obama who he says homosexualized the military, whose pro-Islam positions have been the cause of his anti-Biblical actions and who, by promoting abortion is promoting infanticide. Among other opinions.
Rauner pulled out of the dinner so Bill Bloom tried appeasement by pulling out the Reverend as a speaker. Rauner still refused to appear, fearing the all-too-likely “media circus”, so in an amazingly boneheaded and dimwitted move, Bloom put the Reverend back on the speaking schedule, saying “I think Rev. Johnson is a great guy…He builds his arguments well and supports them with facts.”
Gentle readers, you could have knocked me over with a paperback copy of “Dreams From My Father”!
Because just as predicted, the “media circus” still came to town, even if Rauner didn’t.
Playing the favorite political game of “Denounce And Reject”, RICO Dem chair Doug House “has called on Bobby Schilling and the Rock Island County Republican Party to denounce the ‘extremist views’ of the Rev. Don Johnson.”
Gee, who in the RICO GOP could have predicted this Dem reaction?
I have some sympathy for the Reverend’s views, although I don’t agree with them, but good lord people—if political parties could be sued for incompetence and malpractice, The People Vs. RICO GOP would have been on the docket long ago.
There was absolutely NO REASON for this to happen—when Rauner pulled out because of “concerns” over Rev. Johnson, the entire RICO GOP should have had “concerns” as well.
Did they really think no one would notice—in an election year, no less?