Bobby Schilling wants his old job back. Monday he’s sent to make an announcement.
Schilling’s office tells CBS 4 that the former Illinois congressman will announce today that he will run again in 2014.
The republican Schilling was unseated by Democrat Cheri Bustos in 2012.
His campaign is likely to place a heavy focus on economic issues, son and campaign manager Terry Schilling said during the holiday weekend.
“We’re putting together a plan right now on addressing mostly the rising prices and stagnant wages, because those are what’s really hurting the middle class right now,” he said.
Terry Schilling identified that focus as one of the shortfalls of the 2012 race.
“We didn’t talk enough about how the Republican policies helped the middle class,” he said, stressing that as a small-business owner and head of a large family - Bobby Schilling has 10 children - the candidate recognized the economic pinch many people are still facing.
“Bobby Schilling is the one with a large family who actually goes grocery shopping and has to pay bills,” he said. “When people aren’t getting raises and their wages are stagnant, he’s the one who’s feeling it.”
* How he’s using that issue so far against Bustos…
Schilling said Illinois families need a representative who understands the plight of the middle class and that incumbent Congresswoman Bustos has been absent on that front.
“The middle class is getting crushed by rising prices, stagnant wages and a government that has forgotten about them,” said Schilling. “Not only are our groceries and gas prices going up, but our health care premiums in Illinois are estimated to rise at least 61% because of Obamacare. Incumbent Congresswoman Bustos has proven during her time in Washington that she doesn’t understand or feel the pain of middle class families. We need a true representative fighting for us in Washington and incumbent Congresswoman Cheri Bustos has refused to act.”
* These “missing in action” and “refused to act” lines will continue to show up. For instance…
“We’ve got such a lack of leadership right now, that our incumbent Congresswoman refused to even support a budget,” said Schilling. “Supporting a budget or presenting your own is your basic duty while being a member of Congress. If you can’t support a budget to get our country back on the right track, then you didn’t go to Washington for anything but self-promotion.”
The idea here is to run a populist, working-class conservative campaign. But the new district ain’t what it used to be and Bustos is no pushover.
*** UPDATE *** DCCC…
Bobby Schilling’s Wrong Priorities Hurt the Middle Class Families That Sent Him Packing
Ex-Congressman Bobby Schilling is set today to announce that he wants his seat back in Congress, hoping middle class voters will forget his record of protecting tax breaks for the ultra wealthy and companies that ship jobs overseas while voting to end the Medicare guarantee. Voters also won’t forget who Schilling was really serving in Congress after recent reports show he’s already been raising special interest money.
“Illinois middle class families are not going to re-elect ex-Congressman Schilling after he sold them out and voted for tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas,” said Brandon Lorenz of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Whether it’s his votes to encourage outsourcing or his support for raising Medicare costs on Illinois seniors to give tax cuts to the wealthy, ex- Congressman Schilling has a record of hurting middle class families in order to protect his corporate special interest backers.”
*** UPDATE 2 *** From the Bustos campaign…
“Congresswoman Bustos is focused on job creation, protecting Medicare and Social Security, and serving the people of Illinois’ 17th Congressional District, not an election that is over a year away.”