Pritzker Among New Govs To Meet President

By Bernard Schoenburg

Democratic Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker, who was critical of GOP President Donald Trump during his campaign, is among governors-elect meeting at the White House with the president Donald Trump on Thursday.

Trump’s schedule says that he is meeting with governors-elect in the Cabinet Room, and Pritzker spokeswoman Jordan Abudayyeh said Pritzker was making the trip.

“J.B. was invited to the White House and will be taking this opportunity to advocate for Illinois,” Abudayyeh said. “As J.B. said on the campaign trail, he will work with Democrats and Republicans to bring more federal dollars back to the state and fight for policies that benefit working families.”

During his victorious campaign against GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner, Pritzker repeatedly linked Rauner to Trump. An Oct. 7 Pritzker campaign statement was headlined “Donald Trump’s Radical Agenda,” and it accused Rauner of supporting Trump politics that hurt Illinois.

“Whether he’s Trump’s silent partner or his biggest cheerleader, Rauner stands by the bigoted president’s side, praising his devastation in Washington and following his lead here in Illinois,” the campaign statement said.

In the Nov. 6 election, Pritzker defeated Rauner by nearly 16 percentage points.

Other incoming governors on the White House guest list are Florida Republican Ron DeSantis, Georgia Republican Brian Kemp, Wisconsin Democrat Tony Evers and newly inaugurated Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy, a Republican.

White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs Doug Hoelscher says they’ll be discussing “shared priorities,” including workforce investment, prison reform and combating the opioid epidemic.

The visitors will also be meeting with Cabinet members as part of a broader White House out-reach effort to local officials.

The White House says that, after the midterm elections, it has reached out to a long list of newly elected state and local officials of both parties “to open lines of communication and begin a dialogue.”

This article provided by NewsEdge.