While many Republicans are still giving Governor Bruce Rauner the cold shoulder after he signed a bill to use taxpayer dollars to fund abortions, some lawmakers say they’re continuing to stand by his side.
Congressman Rodney Davis (R-IL 13) says he still supports the governor, but it doesn’t mean he wasn’t disappointed with Rauner signing the controversial bill, even after promising his own party members he’d veto it.
Davis, who is pro-life, says it was a disappointment, but he has had a great working relationship with Rauner.
Other Republican congressmen feel differently. Representative Peter Roskam (R-IL 6), who represents parts of suburban Chicago, says he’s rethinking his support of Rauner. Roskam is one of the highest-ranking elected officials to potentially pull back from the governor.
The governor’s move has also upset big conservative groups which are considering scouting for a new primary opponent to challenge him.
With veto session starting this week, one thing to watch for is a lack of support from key Republicans. Some, out of anger and disappointment, may go against Rauner and cross party lines to support legislation Rauner dislikes.
The veto session could also possibly see a bill to ban using taxpayer dollars to fund abortions.