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Jackson radio ad riles opponent, not true

Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012

* Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.’s new radio ad has stirred up a hornet’s nest. Check it out…

Believe it or not, the woman who yells: “She voted 88 times with the Republicans and 88 times against President Barack Obama? She’s crazy!!!” is Congresswoman Corrine Brown (D-FL).

The full script…

[Jesse] President Obama and I are working together. Fighting for good jobs paying good wages.

[Rep. Waters]
Congressman Jesse Jackson Junior, fights every day for the people of Chicago and the Southland.

[Jesse] I sat in the Speaker’s chair, leading the fight to pass President Obama’s health care law. But I’ve also fought successfullyto hire more than a thousand nurses, and keep our hospitals open.Because we need jobs, and we need health care.

[Rep. Waters]
His opponent, Debbie Halvorson, has a different agenda. Halvorson voted with the Republicans, opposing President Obama and health care for all. And she voted with the Republicans and the NRA against stopping gun violence.

In fact, Halvorson voted with the Republicans and against President Obama 88 times!

[African-American male] How many?

[Rep. Brown]
She voted 88 times with the Republicans and 88 times against President Barack Obama? She’s crazy!

[Jesse] I’m Jesse Jackson, Junior, and I approved this ad.

[African-American male]
88 times against President Obama is 88 times too many.I’m sticking with Jesse!

Paid for by Jackson for Congress.

* Some media outlets just gave it the quick he said, she said treatment

In Jesse Jackson Jr.’s latest ad, the incumbent accuses his challenger Debbie Halvorson of voting 88 times with the Repubican majority and against the president.

He called that “crazy.”

Halvorson is fighting back saying Jackson Jr. is “lying.”

* But the Sun-Times did a good job of fleshing out the truth...

Jackson arrived at his number of “88 Times” by counting the number of votes on which he and Halvorson differed during Halvorson’s two years in Congress. Of those 133, Halvorson voted against the wishes of Congressional Democratic leaders 88 times.

But Halvorson said voting against House Democratic leaders is not voting against Obama. For instance, on ethics legislation to sanction Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel, Halvorson voted with Republicans for tougher ethics standards. That was not a vote against Obama, she said.

Asked why Jackson’s ad presented that as a vote against Obama, Jackson spokesman Kevin Lampe said, “Democrats have got to stick together in Congress.”


In fact, Jackson voted against Obama twice as often as Halvorson, according to records compiled by Congressional Quarterly magazine.

Jackson voted against the president more than any other Democrat from Illinois except for Downstate Rep. Jerry Costello, who, like Jackson, voted against Obama 21 percent of the time, according to the CQ statistics for 2010.


* Tribune

In a list of the 88 votes supplied by the Jackson campaign, some were not votes against the president but were procedural in nature. Another vote cited by Jackson was a move by DemocraticRep. Dennis Kucinichof Ohio to immediately withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan in 2010, which was not on Obama’s agenda.

Um, OK.


But Jackson’s campaign said Halvorson voted against the initial House version of Wall Street reforms and against steering $4 billion in Wall Street rescue money for low-interest loans to the unemployed and for neighborhood stabilization. The transfer of funds had been sought by the Congressional Black Caucus.

“Congresswoman Halvorson wants people to believe she’s a progressive Democrat, but she votes like a conservative Republican,” Jackson said in a statement. “She voted against us, the people of the 2nd District and President Obama, 88 times.”

Instead of lying about her voting record, I gotta wonder why they haven’t really played the gun card yet. Halvorson was a major NRA supporter, and the 2nd is not exactly a big NRA district. It sure beats linking her to “political demonic forces”

U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. on Monday touted the backing of more than 50 ministers, including one who said “political demonic forces” were driving the agenda of Democratic primary opponent Debbie Halvorson.

The congressman’s campaign aides refused to comment on whether they thought the remarks were appropriate. Halvorson called the comments the result of a “desperate” campaign.

* But I’d be careful about tempting fate, if I was Halvorson

The president has endorsed Jackson in the race. Still, as Halvorson pointed out, the president himself hasn’t said the words publicly, instead relying on aides to confirm his support for the congressman.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Shore - Wednesday, Feb 29, 12 @ 10:53 am:

    The one thing I noted in the earlier ad I thought was that it was all women. They seem to think it would appear that african american women are a swing vote.

  2. - ZC - Wednesday, Feb 29, 12 @ 10:55 am:

    The CQ voting scores are some of the gold standard of evidence in this area. Sounds to me like Jackson is being grossly inaccurate. Shocker.

  3. - Early Voters - Wednesday, Feb 29, 12 @ 11:08 am:

    A little off topic, but have people seen the breakdown of early voters these last two days? 3 out of 4 ballots requested are Democratic ballots, and that’s with only one day’s worth of reporting from Suburban Cook Co. Just thought it was interesting seeing as there’s no action at the top of the ticket for Dems.

  4. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Feb 29, 12 @ 11:15 am:

    Why is he using congress-critters as voice-over talent? Is he too cheap to hire actors (like, from his district, maybe?).

  5. - Bill - Wednesday, Feb 29, 12 @ 11:23 am:

    Junior has “OBAMA-JACKSON” lawn signs littering the northern half of the district most of them on public property. I wonder what Barack would say if he knew.

  6. - Shock & Awww(e) - Wednesday, Feb 29, 12 @ 11:24 am:

    JJJ’s self-immolation routine continues.

    The CQ #’s and procedural votes clearly show he’s massively fudging the #’s.

    Thing is, he’s still on track to win for the time being.

  7. - mark walker - Wednesday, Feb 29, 12 @ 11:27 am:

    Situation Normal …

  8. - anon - Wednesday, Feb 29, 12 @ 11:28 am:

    Presumably, the Tribune still stands by its endorsement of JJJ. Clearly, the Tribune is run by clowns.

  9. - Wilson Pickett - Wednesday, Feb 29, 12 @ 12:16 pm:

    Bring on the demons. I will believe them before I believe anything Jessie or Debbie tell me. At least, the demons aren’t portraying themselves as anything other than what they really are or what they really believe in. Plus, the demons don’t give a rat’s rear-end whether you believe them or not since they aren’t worried about getting elected or their future political career. Give me “evil” as long as it’s “transparent” evil. Then I will know how to deal with it. When it is “cloaked or opaque” evil, then— that is when I start to worry because I am not exactly sure what I am really dealing with.

  10. - Siriusly - Wednesday, Feb 29, 12 @ 12:25 pm:

    The truth may be on her side, but unfortunately she doesn’t seem to have the cash to point that out effectively to anyone.

  11. - Team Sleep - Wednesday, Feb 29, 12 @ 1:51 pm:

    I wouldn’t want Maxine Waters anywhere near my campaign. JJJ must assume that voters either won’t know who she is or won’t care. She is the subject of one of the largest ethics probes in the last 5-10 years. That would be something the Halvorson camp needs to hit home.

  12. - ZC - Wednesday, Feb 29, 12 @ 2:01 pm:

    I wonder if this could even be seen as a preemptive strike by the Jackson campaign, to inoculate themselves on this issue. I mean, “Jackson voted more than any other Democrat in Chicago against Barack Obama” sound like it could potentially be a good line, in a benchmark poll test. Maybe they’re trying to get out ahead on an issue where they feel potentially vulnerable.

  13. - Pot calling kettle - Wednesday, Feb 29, 12 @ 2:32 pm:

    It’s difficult to understand why JJJ would make this kind of lame attack with a lot of downside blowback potential when he is so far ahead. Why not stay positive, focus on accomplishments, and ignore Debbie completely?

  14. - Six Degrees of Separation - Wednesday, Feb 29, 12 @ 5:57 pm:

    Don’t let the facts get in the way of a good story. And, for those who seem to think Conventional Wisdom of a blowback from this sort of crass politicking will take hold in the 2nd, when has it ever?

  15. - Bush Twins - Wednesday, Feb 29, 12 @ 7:52 pm:

    If I were Debbie, I would hold his association with Waters as yet another example of JJJ’s distractions and lack or moral compass.

  16. - DH Fan - Wednesday, Feb 29, 12 @ 9:02 pm:

    @Bush Twins - How about Jackson and Waters: Partners in Crime!

  17. - Cool Bobby J - Thursday, Mar 1, 12 @ 8:48 am:

    This ad is CRAZY

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