Bost withholds endorsement for governor race
U.S. Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL) has not decided whether he will back Gov. Bruce Rauner in his re-election bid or a challenger, according to a recent report from the State Journal-Register.
“[Rauner] and I have a good working relationship,” Bost told the Journal-Register while acknowledging that he has not agreed with all of Rauner’s recent decisions. “It’s a rough time right now in the state of Illinois, and there’s some rough situations to be straightened out. I try to advise where I can, and other than that, I’ve got a whole lot of other problems I’m dealing with.”
Bost was among seven U.S. representatives to send a letter to Rauner condemning his decision to sign House Bill 40, a law that expanded taxpayer funding for abortion for women covered by Medicaid and state employee health insurance, the Journal-Register reported. While submitting candidacy paperwork for next year’s election at the State Board of Elections, Bost told the Journal-Register he was watching the Republican primary race for governor in March, when Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) will challenge Rauner.
“I was in leadership when Jeanne Ives came in, and so, I wish her well,” Bost said to the SJR, referring to his time in the Illinois House. “I think that she’s got some very strong ideas and she is real passionate about those ideas.”