Suburban Political Recount

Suburban Political Recount

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Posted by Joseph Ryan on Tue, 10/14/2008 - 17:43

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:

Andy Martin Exposed

Posted by Joseph Ryan on Mon, 10/13/2008 - 10:56

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.

New Seals ad takes on Kirk for Iraq war vote

Posted by Joseph Ryan on Fri, 10/10/2008 - 10:01

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.

Three suburban Republicans make list for financial sector backing

Posted by Joseph Ryan on Thu, 10/09/2008 - 15:47
Republican candidates Steve Greenberg and Steve Sauerberg along with GOP U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert landed on the Center for Responsive Politics list of "Wall Street's Favorite Candidates" Thursday. The list calculates the congressional candidates who have the most Wall Street "investments" in their campaigns. Greenberg, who is challenging incumbent Democrat Melissa Bean in the northwest suburban 8th District, was listed as the tenth highest candidate for congress in terms of Wall Street backing. He has taken in more than $125,850 from the finance sector, nearly 20 percent of his total haul as of mid-year.

Roskam's ad blitz aims to shred opponent's credibility

Posted by Joseph Ryan on Thu, 10/09/2008 - 11:32

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:

Durbin-Sauerberg, Round II tonight

Posted by Joseph Ryan on Thu, 10/09/2008 - 10:45
You can listen to U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and Republican Steve Sauerberg debate tonight. The radio debate starts at 8 p.m. on 780AM in the Chicago area. Here is a loot at what happened in the last debate on Monday in case you missed it... Republican Senate candidate Steve Sauerberg accused incumbent Dick Durbin of turning a blind eye to Democratic dysfunction in Springfield and also called for keeping American troops in Iraq as the two candidates met Monday in their first debate. Durbin, seeking a third term in the U.S. Senate, countered that Sauerberg would end the Medicare and Medicaid health programs if he could. He also reminded voters of his clout in Washington as the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate.

Fitzgerald testifies for McCain against Obama

Posted by Joseph Ryan on Wed, 10/08/2008 - 16:07
Former U.S. Sen. Peter Fitzgerald of Inverness came out today for the John McCain campaign to say Barack Obama is no reformer. "It is not something he actually does when he gets in office," Fitzgerald said in a conference call with reporters. "I don't ever recall him working across party lines. He is a very partisan and ideological Democrat." Fitzgerald said Obama "rode the Chicago machine" to power and never once questioned Chicago Mayor Richard Daley. Fitzgerald worked for two years with Obama in the state Senate between 1996 and 1998. At the time, Obama was in the early part of his first term and Fitzgerald was running for U.S. Senate. Obama served as the ranking Democratic member on one of Fitzgerald's committees.

Romney is coming to town for Roskam

Posted by Joseph Ryan on Tue, 10/07/2008 - 14:27
Former Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney is set to swing through the suburbs and raise cash for U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam. The fundraiser is set for Oct. 21. The entrance fee is $150 or $250 with a date. It will run $1,000 per person and $1,500 per couple to get into the dinner and for a photo with the former Massachusetts CEO. "Romney coming to campaign for the congressman is a reflection of the congressman's accomplishments," boasted spokesman Matt Vriesema when asked about the recently announced fundraiser. Roskam was actually an early and staunch supporter in the primaries of Sen. John McCain, who easily took DuPage County and the state. The fundraiser will be held in Oak Brook.

Is Dan Seals beating Mark Kirk?

Posted by Joseph Ryan on Mon, 10/06/2008 - 22:20
After weeks of polls showing U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk leading Democratic challenger Dan Seals, a Roll Call poll taken over the weekend shows Seals ahead - by a lot. The poll paid for by the respected Washington publication shows Seals leading the Highland Park Republican 52 percent to 44 percent. The SurveyUSA poll drew from 600 surveyed voters and had a reported error margin of 4 percentage points. This is going to turn heads, but it doesn't fall in line with any previous poll, including one paid for by liberal blogger Daily Kos that showed Kirk with 44 percent and Seals of Wilmette with 38 percent. The Kirk campaign will likely call this latest poll into question because of the political makeup of those surveyed.

Duckworth campaigns for Obama in Wisconsin

Posted by Joseph Ryan on Mon, 10/06/2008 - 10:25
Tammy Duckworth’s recent brush with Illinois ethics laws hasn’t put her out of favor with Barack Obama. The Illinois veteran affairs chief is campaigning for Obama in Wisconsin today, hitting events in Fond Du Lac, West Bend, Kenosha and Whitewater. Obama previously granted Duckworth, who lost both her legs in the Iraq war, a primetime speaking roll during the Democratic convention in Denver that positioned her as the party’s spokeswoman on veterans’ issues. But in mid-September Duckworth hit an ethical snag when she showed up to a Wheeling campaign event for Democratic congressional challenger Dan Seals in a state car.