CHRONICLE: Republican legislator: party has “lost its way under Gov. Rauner”

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Republican Senator Sam McCann, R-Planview, announced this week that he will not be seeking re-election. McCann cited Governor Bruce Rauner’s leadership as a contributing reason for his decision.

“While representing the men and women of the 50th District has been one of the great honors and privileges of my life, it is clear that the Illinois Republican Party, including several of the county party organizations, has lost its way under Gov. Rauner,” McCann said.

McCann said, “this is no longer a Republican Party that is recognizable to me.”

He is not the first Republican legislator to express concerns about Rauner. State Rep. Allen Skillcorn, R-East Dundee, said in a statement, “Rauner has failed as a leader, both as governor and head of the Illinois Republican Party.”

Retiring State Rep. David Harris, R-Arlington Heights, said he was worried about the divisions that Rauner has created within the Republican Party.

“We’re just fighting among ourselves,” he said. “I don’t see how that makes us stronger. I don’t see how that builds our base. I don’t see how that allows us to enact policies that work for the benefit of all. It narrows the base, in my mind.”

McCann is one of at least 14 Republican legislators who have resigned or are retiring this year.

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