Governor Bruce Rauner may want to choose his words a little more carefully next time.
In an interview Wednesday with Newsradio WJPF, the republican governor made the claim that democratic Comptroller Susana Mendoza was ” . . . a puppet for [Mike] Madigan. All she does is put out there baloney that he tells her to put out.”
Statewide, people took to social media to voice their criticism of Rauner. Many, like democratic state rep. Kelly Cassidy called his comments sexist.
— Rep. Kelly Cassidy (@RepKellyCassidy) November 29, 2017
@GovRauner's insinuation about @susanamendoza10 is in character. The leadership team at GTCR, his old firm, looks like a Trump family photo. His cabinet is male dominated and monochromatic. And every one of his budgets would have hurt women. This is who he is.
— Christian Mitchell (@cljmitchell) November 29, 2017
There's no place in IL government, particularly in the Gov's office, for a man like @GovRauner who cannot comprehend that women can make smart political and policy choices without being instructed to do so by a man. Women are sick of this crap. #twill https://t.co/WSZmiiNxXs
— Emily Miller (@EJMill) November 29, 2017
Because a woman can't have a mind of her own? This is what sexism looks like, folks. https://t.co/Z54W8u0Izd
— Aviva Bowen (@avivabowen) November 29, 2017
Rauner also said that Mendoza’s assertion that it’s the governor’s fault the state is spending too much money “a bunch of horse manure.”
Governor Rauner has not yet responded publicly to the criticism.