Here is some good TV for you

Here is some good TV for you

Posted by Joseph Ryan on Wed, 10/29/2008 - 09:50

For your amusement, here is a compilation of the latest ads to run in congressional races across the suburbs.

14th Congressional District

After months of soft serve from Republican Jim Oberweis, the candidate has gone a bit negative in his latest ad against unlikely greenhorn incumbent Bill Foster.

Here is Bill Foster’s rosy ad.

13th Congressional District

If there is a real Election Day surprise, it could be this race where challenger Scott Harper has moved the once solid GOP district into contention by orchestrating a solid ground game and raising a decent amount of cash for an upstart. The national Dems have yet to pay attention, which could be an indication that the poll numbers don’t play out well for Harper. We showed you Harper’s first ad the other day. Here are the two being run by U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert, a Hinsdale Republican

6th Congressional District

U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, who has dominated the airwaves against his Democratic opponent, has this ad up now.

Roskam opponent Jill Morgenthaler is finally up with a cable ad in the final week of campaigning. Given the late, late start she is forced to go negative in her only spot.

With little money in the bank, Morgenthaler and her supporters have made smart use of internet ads, however. This one is particularly biting.

8th Congressional District

Republican Steve Greenberg is running an attack on Democrat Melissa Bean late in the game.

But the well funded Bean is staying positive.

And, the Barrington Democrat has spun her bailout votes into a positive (Oberweis is attacking Foster on the issue in his ad).

10th Congressional District

Here is the national Dems latest ad against Kirk, following the same theme for months of linking U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk to President Bush. Just for the record, the ad quotes the Daily Herald as if it is an endorsement of Seals. The Daily Herald endorsed Kirk and below the ad is what the editorial said in full:

--- Voters in the 10th Congressional District have a choice between two of the best-prepared candidates we've encountered. Republican incumbent Mark S. Kirk, 49, of Highland Park is an energetic representative who works to protect Lake Michigan and is a lead advocate for embryonic stem cell research.
Democrat Dan Seals, 37, of Wilmette is an articulate candidate who appreciates the complexity of protecting our borders and ports and in improving our schools.
All that said, neither candidate is perfect and the highly competitive nature of this repeat contest to represent part of Northwest Cook and Eastern Lake County has exposed their weaknesses. Both men have resorted to ads that go too far. Kirk is not the George Bush mouthpiece Seals would have us believe. He is, as we have stated before, one of the most independent members of Congress. Seals is not responsible for our financial crisis because he once worked for GE Capital, as Kirk's ad suggests.
That said, we believe Seals should have supported from the start efforts to rescue our ailing bank system as Kirk did.
For his part, Kirk was wrong to have voted to authorize the Iraq war and, ironically, blames that mistake on faulty intelligence, though he himself serves admirably as a Naval Reserve Intelligence Officer. (Kirk suggests the structure of our Central Intelligence Agency is the problem with bad intel.)
Both men do strongly reflect the district's and our values of social moderation and fiscal conservatism.
We wish Kirk had stood up to the Bush administration on the Iraq war, but his independence in many other areas and his record of working to solve local problems like Lake Michigan pollution and flooding give him an edge.
At a time when Democrats' power may grow, Kirk is endorsed for the critical role he can play in providing checks and balances.

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