* Davis is getting a heckuva big jump…
Republican Rodney Davis raised about $440,000 in the six weeks since he became his party’s new nominee for the open 13th district in Illinois.
Davis, a former top aide to Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.), will report just more than $400,000 in cash on hand to kick off his bid, according to a source close to the campaign.
* His Democratic opponent isn’t much on fundraising…
Gill’s aides did not return an email request seeking comment on the campaign’s fundraising numbers. But as of March 30, online records show Gill’s campaign had $20,000 in the bank — and the same amount in debt.
* And the Illinois Republican Party piled on today in an e-mail…
Three time losing Congressional candidate David Gill is showing once again just how far out of step he is with the views of Central and Southwest Illinois.
Monday, just minutes before President Obama announced he wanted to extend Bush-era tax cuts for all Americans making less than $250,000 per year, Gill told Champaign radio station WDWS (http://www.wdws.com/audio/2012-07-09/07-09-12-drdavid-gill.html) (20:46), “I certainly think we need to allow the President George Bush tax cuts to expire. I think that’s, at the least, a starting point.”
“If we needed any more proof that David Gill is far outside of the mainstream of Central and Southwestern Illinois residents, this seals the deal,” said Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady. “David Gill wants to raise taxes on all of us. Residents of the 13th District are already having a hard enough time making ends meet, and David Gill wants to send more of our tax dollars to Washington. That’s the definition of a radical agenda.”
“Friday, we learned the national unemployment rate is above eight percent for the 41st month in a row,” said Brady. “David Gill’s radical and dangerous economic plan, combined with his plan for socialized medicine is an extreme combination for Central and Southwestern Illinois.”
Actually, if you listen to the interview, Gill was responding to a question about the top ten percent of income earners, and goes on to talk about taxing the wealthy. But he wasn’t specific and clear, so he left himself open to this shot, cheap as it may be.
The GOP has a new attack website up called DrRadical.com. There’s not much to it as of yet.
* Other stuff…
* Dold, Biggert, Schilling first up in DCCC ad attack
* If Jesse Jackson Jr. Were to Resign