5 September, 2017
Lang Endorses Pritzker; Hits Some Dems’ “Circular Firing Squad Mentality”
(Skokie, IL)- A top Illinois House Democrat has endorsed businessman J.B. Pritzker’s bid for the Democratic nomination for governor in a crowded candidate field.
House Deputy Majority Lou Lang (D-Skokie) officially announced on August 31 that he is backing Pritzker.
In his announcement statement, Lang skewered incumbent GOP Governor Bruce Raunerand cited Pritzker’s “independence, integrity, and honesty” as a justification his support for the first-time statewide candidate.
“Our next Governor must possess independence, integrity and honesty to lead our state’s recovery from the permanent state of man-made crisis imposed on Illinois and working-class families under Bruce Rauner’s right-wing ideological crusade against organized labor, state universities, and public school children as well as his racially-tinged assaults against the City of Chicago,” said Lang. “J.B. Pritzker possesses the independence, integrity and honesty to lead that recovery.”
Lang, who also serves as the Niles Democratic Township Committeeman, contrasted Pritzker’s business background with Rauner’s and claimed that the Democrat would “revive” Illinois’ economy.
“As a successful businessman who actually built businesses in Illinois that hired workers – unlike Rauner’s vulture capitalist business history of destroying companies and firing workers – J.B. Pritzker will revive our state’s economy and give working class families a leg up and move them financially forward,” Lang argued. “That’s a top reason that I enthusiastically endorse Pritzker’s candidacy for Illinois Governor in 2018.”
Pritzker, who has also been endorsed by the Cook County Democratic Party and multiple influential labor unions, has tapped first-term State Rep. Juliana Stratton, a resident of Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood, as his Lt. Governor running mate.
“Certain Democratic candidates for governor need to end their circular firing squad mentality and focus on Bruce Rauner and articulate their own agendas,” said Lang. “Campaigns struggling to get off the ground or just treading water too often default to attacks on primary opponents because their agenda, to the extent that they have one, has no traction with voters.”
The primary election is slated for March 20, 2018.