Motorcycle Group Pulls Rauner Endorsement

Oct 29, 2018
Originally published on October 29, 2018 5:38 pm

Days before the election, a leading motorcycle group is rescinding its endorsement of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner.

ABATE of Illinois' political action committee says it’s disappointed in a recent executive order from the governor.

Issued last week, the order is aimed at expanding opportunities for developing self-driving cars in Illinois.

ABATE warns that the current technology isn’t good enough to spot bikers and prevent collisions.

In a statement, it says the governor's actions “represent a danger to the lives of motorcyclists.”

It also says Rauner’s executive order is a “serious departure” from what was previously communicated to the group.

Riding motorcycles has always been a big part of Rauner’s political persona.

He launched his reelection campaign with a video that featured him riding a Harley. And this weekend, he showed up to President Trump’s southern Illinois rally wearing an ABATE sweatshirt.

The Rauner campaign did not respond to a request for comment on ABATE’s decision to rescind its endorsement.

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