* From The Hill…
The Service Employees International Union is launching radio ads ripping former Rep. Debbie Halvorson’s (D-Ill.) on economic issues, making them the latest deep-pocketed group to go after her — but the first not to focus on her opposition to gun control.
The ad says Halvorson voted against extending unemployment benefits and voted for lower inheritance taxes, and “voted with Republicans 88 times.”
“She calls herself a Democrat but votes with Republicans over and over again,” the ad’s narrator says. “We need someone who will stand with President Obama.”
The narrator says to vote for one of the other candidates in the race — of which there are many. Halvorson, the only white candidate in a heavily African American district formerly held by Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.), has a chance to win because of the crowded field, her high name identification in the district and her support in the district’s far suburbs.
Mayor Bloomberg’s PAC, meanwhile, has upped its anti-Halvorson spending to $1.3 million.
* From a press release…
Robin Kelly, candidate for Illinois’ second Congressional district, released her fundraising numbers, current through February 13th.
Total Raised as of February 13: $417,727.19
Individual Contributors: 5,254
Average Contribution: $79.50
Nothing yet from Hutchinson. I’ll let you know.
* Speaking of Hutchinson, the Kankakee paper ran this story the other day…
Both Republicans and Democrats in Kankakee County are throwing support behind state Sen. Toi Hutchinson’s bid to take the 2nd Congressional District seat formerly held by Jessie Jackson Jr.
Kankakee County Republicans held a bipartisan rally for Hutchinson, D-Olympia Fields, on Monday, and the Kankakee County Democratic Central Committee handed her a unanimous endorsement earlier in the day. The rally, held at The Homestead Restaurant in Kankakee, featured county and municipal officials from both political parties. […]
Bruce Adams, a Democrat and mayor of Bradley, one of Kankakee County’s Democratic strongholds, said both parties recognized the benefits of working together. […]
Mike Bossert, Republican Kankakee County Board chairman, said his party agreed with the approach.
“It’s about getting our county behind a candidate who supports us,” Bossert said. “We thought we’d put partisan issues aside and come together.”
* But a subsequent letter to the editor by the county’s Republican Party Chairman says Bossert was quoted out of context and that the rally wasn’t a rally…
This bi-partisan “Meet and Greet” held at the Homestead Restaurant Monday evening was attended by members of the community from all party affiliations. While several Republican elected officials were present, this is NOT to be construed as an endorsement by the local Republican Party for a Democratic candidate. In fact nothing could be further from the truth. […]
As chairman of the Kankakee County Republican Central Committee, I was appalled at the following statement reported in the Journal today, “Mike Bossert, Republican Kankakee County Board Chairman, said his party agreed with the approach.” In speaking with Chairman Bossert, he asserts that he was very specific with The Daily Journal’s reporter that his presence at the event was not an endorsement of the Democratic candidate. Rather, his attributed quote was an agreement with a previous statement that elected officials should work together for the benefit of their constituents. To this clarification, I agree, not the implication left in The Daily Journal’s article.
That’s a bit confusing because the county board chairman did say the event was about “getting our county behind a candidate who supports us.” Either way, Hutchinson obviously does have some local GOP support.
* Schakowsky, Robin Kelly say anti-gun SuperPAC flooding 2nd district combats NRA money
* Obama allies rally against gun-rights Democrat in Illinois special election