The Daily Herald coverage finally starts to catch up to Austin Mayor’s stellar job.
The National Republican Campaign Committee is blanketing 6th Congressional District mailboxes with an unusually early barrage of glossy ads attacking Democrat Tammy Duckworthâ€™s views.
With five mail pieces on taxes and one on immigration, the House GOPâ€™s political arm has spent nearly $200,000 before Labor Day, the traditional start of campaign season.
The influx of mail is viewed as a sign Republicans are nervous about the prospects of their candidate, state Sen. Peter Roskam, in the longtime GOP stronghold, which includes parts of northeastern DuPage and northwest Cook counties. Roskam and Duckworth are vying in the Nov. 7 election for the seat left open by the retiring U.S. Sen. Henry Hyde, who has served 16 terms.
â€œThe poll data that Iâ€™ve seen on that race shows itâ€™s a tossup,â€ said Paul Green, political science professor at Roosevelt University. â€œIf they lose Henry Hydeâ€™s seat, the chances are very good that (House Speaker) Denny Hastert will have a lot more time to watch wrestling matches.â€
The national Republicans arenâ€™t denying thereâ€™s at least some worry in the wake of Hydeâ€™s retirement.
You can see copies of several of these mailers at AM’s website here, here and here. You may not agree with his analyses, but you can at least see the whole mailers.