The call finally came. And it didn’t go to voicemail.
Gov. Pat Quinn and Governor-elect Bruce Rauner spoke Wednesday for the first time since Rauner won the election last week, Rauner’s campaign tells Early & Often. It was Quinn who reached out to Rauner.
The two spoke for a few minutes by phone.
“It was cordial,” was all that Rauner spokesman Mike Schrimpf would say of the call.
The governor’s office confirmed the call took place. Quinn reached out to Rauner to discuss the Affordable Care Act since the enrollment period begins this weekend and stretches until February — when Rauner will have assumed office, the governor’s office said.
Rauner thanked Quinn for his work and service.
Did Quinn in return offer a congratulations to Rauner? All both sides would say was that the conversation was “cordial.”
Both Quinn and Rauner engaged in a vicious campaign that was expected to be close to the end. But Rauner, a Republican, took the governor’s mansion by five percentage points statewide — a larger-than-expected margin.
Quinn did not concede the race until the day after the election, saying he wanted to first make sure all the votes were counted.