Ives calls Besler ideal choice for Rauner re-election bid
In a profession where underhandedness is far too common, Matthew Besler is that rare politician you can trust, Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) said in a press release praising the choice of Besler as chief strategic at Citizens for Rauner.
“I am confident that the addition of Matt Besler to Governor Rauner’s re-election campaign will strengthen the focus on the many ways in which Illinois’ policies and political culture has hurt families and businesses,” Ives said in the statement.
Besler was hired away from the Illinois Opportunity Project, a non-profit public policy group where he was president.
Rauner won the governorship in 2014 based on a promise to turn around the state’s economy. According to the release, progress on that agenda has been stalled throughout Rauner’s first term, but Ives believes Besler will help get Rauner get re-elected and achieve his policy goals.
“I have worked with Matt Besler and his team at Illinois Opportunity Project for the last six years," she said in the statement. "In the political arena, where it is hard to trust anyone, Matt and his team have earned my trust. They understand the impact that policy has on people’s lives, as well as it’s potential to transform lives. Matt’s work ethic is second to none. His integrity is beyond reproach. I look forward to working with him in his new work toward our mutual goals of electoral success and the expansion of liberty and prosperity in Illinois.”