Suburban Political Recount
Here is a look at some of the latest political ads in the suburbs and a few you may have missed.
Democrats and Republicans will likely end up spending millions of dollars on local cable TV ads in a dozen or so heated races as they battle for power in Springfield and Washington, D.C.
In the heated 10th Congressional District race, the national Democrats are running this new ad against Republican Mark Kirk of Highland Park:
Journalists in Chicago know Andy Martin all to well and it would only take a quick news search on the internet to find he is no "journalist."
(But he does like to sue them for pointing out his past.)
Still, somehow, Martin found himself the main source for a 6 minute "documentary" on Fox News' Hannity and Colmes that said Obama was trained by Bill Ayers and Louis Farrakhan to take over the country in some kind of socialist revolution.
In the "documentary" Martin is labeled an "author & journalist."
Political watchers may remember Martin was a gadfly in the Republican gubernatorial primary and U.S. Senate primary this spring. He has run for a litany of offices in several states, including president.
Democrat Dan Seals probably made his greatest strides in his 2006 run against U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk by hammering for supporting the Iraq war.
That was the mid-term election that saw Dems sweep into power largely on the public's dissatisfaction with the war.
This time around, the economy is taking top billing for most voters, but Seals is still hitting Kirk on Iraq.
In a new broadcast ad starting today, an unnamed Iraq war veteran says Kirk was "irresponsible" in voting for the war and then voting to cut veteran health care funding.
"We fought for our country and Mark Kirk turned his back on us," the man says.
Kirk is a Navy Reserve intelligence officer who has served during conflicts in Iraq, Haiti and Bosnia.
U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam launched an ad blitz today aimed at destroying his opponents credibility.
Democratic challenger Jill Morgenthaler has yet to get on the air and the one-two punch of a 1 minute radio spot and 30 second TV ad threatens to define her as early voting starts next week.
The ads paint Morgenthaler as a "crony" of Gov. Rod Blagojevich who helped "convicted felon" Tony Rezko land Iraqi leases.
"That's shady," the ad says of Morgenthaler.
And to push it just an extra bit further, the ad blasts Morgenthaler for not living in the 6th Congressional District.
Morgenthaler served as Blagojevich's homeland security chief. She is a retired Army colonel who served in Iraq.
Here is the TV spot and the radio spot, which started runningon on 780AM this morning: