House candidate would like to see another Republican replace Rauner
Katie Miller has rescinded her support for Gov. Bruce Rauner.
Things changed when the Illinois leader signed HB40, which allows taxpayer funds to subsidize abortions under Medicaid and state insurance.
“I am disappointed in his choice to sign the bill for taxpayer funding of abortion,” Miller told the North Cook News. “I cannot support someone who goes back on their word. He made a promise to the Republican legislators of Illinois, Cardinal [Blase] Cupich and the people of Illinois that he was going to veto the bill. He broke his promise. What other promises will he break?”
Miller is hoping to replace David Harris (R-Arlington Heights) in the 53rd District, which covers Prospect Heights and Mt. Prospect. Harris decided against running for re-election, citing the budget impasse Illinois had dealt with for more than two years as his main reason.
Miller can relate.
“Illinois is in a financial crisis with over $14 billion in unpaid bills,” Miller said. “This legislation will add an additional financial cost of between $1.8 and $21 million (depending on the estimate) on the taxpayers of Illinois. Taxpayers should not have to pay for elective abortions that they do not agree with and cannot afford.”
Miller questions Rauner’s leadership and said if he were to give up his seat a stronger conservative could step in on the Republican ticket.
“It is his choice if he wants to step down, but Republicans should field a second choice to Gov. Rauner,” Miller said. “We need to have a conservative that will stand up for the citizens of Illinois.”
She also said it is time to conduct vigorous debates over important issues.
“It would only improve candidates,” Miller said. “Primaries make for stronger candidates. The Republican voters should pick who will be our candidate for governor. When we have a second candidate, then Gov. Rauner can choose if he still wants to run.”
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