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NARAL buys a little cable time to blast Lipinski

Thursday, Nov 30, 2017

* This is a $9,345 cable buy. Not much, but it’s enough to convince Roll Call to write a story

NARAL Pro-Choice America is launching a five-figure TV buy attacking Illinois Democrat Dan Lipinski on Thursday.

The ad, shared first with Roll Call, hits the congressman for voting against the 2010 health care law, opposing abortion rights and background check and same-sex marriage legislation. It will run on cable TV in his 3rd District for a week.

Lipinski is facing a primary challenge from marketing consultant Marie Newman, who secured the backing of NARAL,, Democracy for America, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Human Rights Campaign on Tuesday. New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s leadership PAC endorsed Newman earlier this month.

“Dan Lipinski is way out of step with his constituents and with Democratic party principles when it comes to women’s rights, LGBT equality, and the basic freedoms that Americans hold dear,” Mitchell Stille, NARAL’s National Campaign Director, said in a statement.

* The ad

In contrast, Dan Proft’s Liberty Principles PAC just bought its second week of $70,000+ in cable ads against House GOP Leader Jim Durkin. JB Pritzker’s latest cable buy was $55,605.

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  1. - VanillaMan - Thursday, Nov 30, 17 @ 3:16 pm:

    Made me want to vote for him.

  2. - Arsenal - Thursday, Nov 30, 17 @ 3:25 pm:

    Little more than a glorified press release, but it got a press pop, so fair play to NARAL, I suppose.

  3. - State Sen. Clay Davis - Thursday, Nov 30, 17 @ 3:26 pm:

    Every male Dem running against a female Dem should be very worried this primary cycle.

  4. - WS Mama - Thursday, Nov 30, 17 @ 3:42 pm:

    I was polled on the Lipinski race about 6 weeks ago. A week later I started receiving Lipinski mailers. I now receive one multiple times a week. It is hard not to conclude the results of the poll were not as favorable to Lipinski expected.

  5. - WS Mama - Thursday, Nov 30, 17 @ 3:43 pm:

    *as expected.

  6. - Ron - Thursday, Nov 30, 17 @ 3:44 pm:

    Never liked Lipinski.

  7. - Ron - Thursday, Nov 30, 17 @ 3:45 pm:

    A conservative, union guy. Time to retire him.

  8. - Stark - Thursday, Nov 30, 17 @ 3:55 pm:

    Lipinski has outstayed his welcome. If it wasn’t this cycle, it’d be the next.

  9. - JoanP - Thursday, Nov 30, 17 @ 3:59 pm:

    “This is a $9,345 cable buy.” “NARAL Pro-Choice America is launching a five-figure TV buy”

    In my world (and my bank’s world), “$9,345″ is not “five figures”. Close, but no cigar.

  10. - wordslinger - Thursday, Nov 30, 17 @ 4:00 pm:

    I doubt this district will exist in the next map.

  11. - Anonymous - Thursday, Nov 30, 17 @ 4:20 pm:

    Funny they try to use HR1217 in the 114th Congress against Lipinski. That actually was a bipartisan bill that every House Democrat cosponsored. Look it up. Beyond misleading.

  12. - mike - Thursday, Nov 30, 17 @ 4:34 pm:

    I’m in his district and will be voting for his primary opponent, Marie Newman. I consider myself pragmatic and always held my nose and voted for him even though he’s always been wildly out of step with his constituents.

    This has never been a swingy seat. It’s always been solid Dem. Mrs. Clinton carried it by 15 points last year. We deserve a better congressperson who represents our views better.

  13. - Too Much to Handle - Thursday, Nov 30, 17 @ 4:41 pm:

    Point 1: Lipinski isn’t going anywhere. He will win re-election easily.

    Point 2: Wordslinger - why would this district disappear in the next remap? Who do you think will be drawing the map? You think Madigan will be eliminating the district of one of his allies?

    Point 3: Democrats shouldn’t be cannibalizing each other at a time when they should be focused on taking on the Trump-led Republican party.

  14. - A guy - Thursday, Nov 30, 17 @ 4:46 pm:

    NARAL “outed” Lipinski. Oh wait. They didn’t.

  15. - mike - Thursday, Nov 30, 17 @ 4:50 pm:

    @Too Much to Handle

    RE: Point 3 - I totally disagree. We can do both. We should be electing more and *better* Democrats. There are a lot more progressives in Congress who represent districts that have more parity between the two parties, and some that have a Dem lean but still close. IL-3 isn’t one of them.

    We deserve better. But the problem is that Lipinski is too entrenched but next year will be the best chance progressives have at ousting him.

  16. - some gal - Thursday, Nov 30, 17 @ 4:52 pm:

    Is this a NARAL or NRA ad? Lipinski is a cosponsor of that bill cited in the ad which would require background checks for all gun purchases.

  17. - Too Much to Handle - Thursday, Nov 30, 17 @ 4:58 pm:


    Il - 3 is not a “progressive” district. Its an old fashioned, blue collar, working class Dem district. Lot of socially conservative Catholics here.

  18. - Jim - Thursday, Nov 30, 17 @ 4:58 pm:

    Lipinski is an endangered pol who represents a district that Clinton easily carried last year. Dems Run blue dogs in conservative districts in the south. It’s absurd at how conservative Lipinski’s record is for representing a district that borders Chicago. If he wasn’t so entrenched he’d be a goner next year.

  19. - Mike - Thursday, Nov 30, 17 @ 5:02 pm:

    “Lot of socially conservative Catholics here.“

    Hillary won this district by double digits last year. If Ms. Newman beat him in any other heat, she would comfortably win the seat. And that is not even factoring in the anti-Trump sentiment that will engulf next year’s election.

  20. - Mike - Thursday, Nov 30, 17 @ 5:03 pm:


  21. - ChrisB - Thursday, Nov 30, 17 @ 5:07 pm:

    I live in this district, and there were more than a few Lipinski and Radogno signs in the same yard. I think NARAL is misreading this district, but that’s their prerogative to try and move Dems to the left. I just don’t think it’ll work.

  22. - Mike - Thursday, Nov 30, 17 @ 5:15 pm:

    The district is not as conservative as people in this thread make it out to be. If it was, pro-choice Clinton wouldn’t have won by 15 points and pro-choice Obama wouldn’t have won it in 2012 by 13 points.

    It’s a working class blue collar district, sure, but it’s not that out of reach.

  23. - West Side the Best Side - Thursday, Nov 30, 17 @ 5:38 pm:

    As,a long time resident of the area, if not the district as it has changed over the years, people did not vote for Clinton or Obama because they were pro-choice. They voted for them because they were Democrats. I think this is still a solidly “Richard J. Daley” type of Democratic district. Lipinski has run against right wing Republicans who have gotten nowhere, so it’s sure not a Trump district, but neither is it a Bernie district. I was not at happy about how he got the job years ago in the grand Chicago tradition of inheriting it from his father, but except for a primary a few terms back, he’s really never had too much of a problem because he does the work an old time congressman does of getting things done for his district. So I agree with ChrisB and Too Much to Handle and disagree (respectfully) with Mike. Maybe next time, but I think this is still a Lipinski district. Too many people with both feet solidly in the real world of making a living and not spending their time on MSNBC.

  24. - Monique - Thursday, Nov 30, 17 @ 8:22 pm:

    If Dems let special interests run the show, the big tent becomes small, people leave, and they’ll lose more. Hillary didn’t win this District because of her support for late-term abortion, but in spite of it. NARAL’s trying to motivate their people, but might end up motivating the moderates instead.

  25. - Touré's Latte - Thursday, Nov 30, 17 @ 8:50 pm:

    It’s his district, and Lipinski will be their rep as long as he wants to, just like his old man before him.

  26. - West Side the Best Side - Thursday, Nov 30, 17 @ 8:51 pm:

    Lived in the western suburbs most of my adult life, in and out of the 3d District as it got redrawn. The Democratic voters are Richard J. Daley Democrats. Obama and Clinton didn’t win because they were pro-choice but because they were Democrats. It may change, but it’s definitely not a “progressive/Bernie” district now.

  27. - Well Actually - Friday, Dec 1, 17 @ 11:49 am:

    The 3rd District went for Bernie Sanders by 8 points.

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