* I told you yesterday that the House Republicans had launched robocalls slamming several Democrats for voting for the omnibus appropriation bill, among other things.
From a longtime reader…
Robocalls coming in today from both sides. [Rep. Brandon] Phelps says that they are spending less and that the [approp] bill would help Southern Illinois by reopening the Hardin County Work Camp and more money for schools. He gives his phone number in Harrisburg and asks you to call if you have any questions.
A call from the incumbent himself will likely be more effective than a stranger’s voice. But many of these robocalls are tuned out. And they can’t go to mobile phones without a human dialer, which adds expense.
Rep. Phelps said he is doing 20,000 calls. He also said that he wasn’t going to allow the GOP attack to go unanswered. Phelps said he believes Rep. Dan Beiser also recorded a call last night.
*** UPDATE *** The HGOPs are running online ads now…
A Republican political committee has released a stream of online attack ads focused on Illinois House Democrats running for re-election who voted in favor of House Speaker Michael Madigan’s recent budget proposal.
“Over the past two days, House Democrats have decided to put their allegiance to Mike Madigan over the financial health of Illinois, voting twice for a disastrous budget that would create a $7 billion deficit and necessitate a $1,000 tax hike on Illinois families,” an Illinois Republican Party press release reads. “This is a clear signal that they would rather jump off the fiscal cliff than stand up to Mike Madigan.”
The campaign, launched by the House Republican Organization, consists of robocalls in seven districts and digital ads specifically targeting candidates seeking reelection in November.