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By: Mark Glennon*


Last week both Natasha Korecki at the Sun-Times and Mark Anderson at NBC Chicago ran stories criticizing the Rauner campaign for limiting press access at inaugural events.


That was bunk. I was there.


Of Rauner’s public inaugural events, which are linked here, the only ones where there weren’t plenty of press were the dinner on Sunday night and the reception afterwards. The Rauner campaign had insisted there wouldn’t be enough room. They were right. Tables were crammed into the Capitol rotunda for the dinner, making it very difficult to get around. Getting to a washroom required climbing over stairs because the tables were packed against the edges.  The reception was a loud, dark madhouse with a rock and roll band. That room was full as well. Nothing remotely important happened at either event.


The inauguration itself on Monday was wide open to the media and they were all there. I did not attend the big Toby Keith concert and reception that night, but it, too, was full of media, I’m told.


I went to the events with a friend who knows many reporters so we chatted with a number of them. A theme came through loud and clear — that many of them are out to get Rauner. Rightly or wrongly, they claim they don’t get enough access. I think they have other reasons.


An outrage was committed by the Rauner team, however, at the Sunday reception where the press was kept out. I can personally attest to it: Not enough bars. Took fifteen minutes in line to get a drink.


*Mark Glennon is founder of WirePoints