Two days after the Tuesday’s statewide election, staff to Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan found a voicemail left after Governor-Elect Bruce Rauner attempted calling him.
“We found a voicemail from an unknown number,” Madigan spokesman Steve Brown said on Thursday. Brown said the call came during a busy election night to a staffer’s cell phone. ”Why he called a staff person’s cell phone from an unknown number” was beyond him, he said.
“The bottom line is, they never talked on election night,” Brown said of Rauner and Madigan.
The issue arose after Rauner announced on Election night that he had made two phone calls – to Madigan and John Cullerton — and left most people with the impression they had spoken.
The Sun-Times first reported Wednesday that Madigan and Cullerton’s staffs were left scratching their heads over the comments because the men never talked.
Rauner did note that since Tuesday, he’s had productive conversations with President Barack Obama and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.