Ives called her ad a parody of Governor Bruce Rauner’s “Thank You Mike Madigan” ad. […]
Dan Proft, a radio host and conservative strategist who used to work with the Rauner campaign but defected to Ives, defended the ad.
“Not everybody’s tone or sensibility is the same, so people are going to take things differently. But in terms of the veracity of the statements in the ad and the representations, the characterizations of issues and issue positions the governor has taken, that’s all factual,” Proft said.
* After Ives’ speech, Proft was asked by at least three reporters if he wrote the ad. He didn’t answer that question, but he did attempt to explain the ad to Mary Ann Ahern…
* One take I’ve heard a lot about this ad is it probably kills Ives’ chances of winning more than a tiny handful of newspaper endorsements. She might’ve actually received the Trib’s nod, but even though the mother ship hasn’t yet weighed in, it’s tough to see how they can go with her now.
It’s hard to tell who Republican state representative and gubernatorial candidate Jeanne Ives is going after in a new ad that has mouths dropping across party lines — incumbent Bruce Rauner or anyone in Illinois who doesn’t fit a narrowly defined conventional conservative mold.
In one of the more over-the-top political ads to hit the state’s airwaves in a long time — and that is saying a lot — Ives’s campaign goes for the political throat. While it would be easy to dismiss it simply as sexist, transphobic and slightly bigoted, it just might be a sign of the tone of things to come in a super-heated gubernatorial primary race.
Ives continued: “That’s exactly — the fat cat Exelon guy, that’s exactly who he bailed out. Hello. The teacher from Chicago Public Schools, that’s whose pension you just bailed out. The transgender man, that’s exactly what typically a transgender man looks like.”
At that point, an audience member shouted out, “no, it’s not,” to which Ives replied, “with all due respect, look, I’ve had him show up at my door.”
Later, Ives told reporters the she encountered a transgender lawyer when she was in a court battle involving a death threat she’d received in connection with her position on same sex-marriage legislation that passed the General Assembly in 2013. The laywer was representing the person who had allegedly made the death threat and showed up at her door, Ives said.
Attendance at the City Club event was more sparse than many political events hosted by the group. Ives delivered a wide-ranging speech that included her biographical background, policy positions and critique of Rauner.
- People Over Parties - Tuesday, Feb 6, 18 @ 10:52 am:
I question whether Ives and Proft seriously want to advance conservative policy in Illinois when they put out ads like this. Surely, they should know that an ad like this would kill them in the general election, right? Do they have even the slightest political intuition for the state they live in?
– One take I’ve heard a lot about this ad is it probably kills Ives’ chances of winning more than a tiny handful of newspaper endorsements. She might’ve actually received the Trib’s nod, but even though the mother ship hasn’t yet weighed in, it’s tough to see how they can go with her now.–
That should have been obvious. Who would want to be associated with such low-rent, juvenile vulgarity?
It’s times like these that you ask: what were the “concepts” that didn’t make the cut over this “winner?”
This kind of mature, deep-thinking and creativity explains Proft’s juggernaut 7% showing in his GOP guv primary run.
Voicing displeasure over Sanctuary State policy, taxpayer-funded abortions, certain transgender issues, and union contracts isn’t extreme or far right. These are actually issues that everyone near the center discuss and debate.
Sadly, Ives removed any chance of furthering those debates when she chose to stereotype and insult. The ad only served to steel in those on the extreme ends of both aisles while turning off everybody in the middle. Amanda Vinicky nailed it.
Ives should clean house, yesterday, of everyone advising her, especially Dan Proft, her main confidant calling the shots while he hosts a daily radio show. If she doesn’t immediately bring on serious people who actually know how to run a statewide campaign she loses miserably. Actually it may already be too late.
I don’t understand people saying they could vote for Ives before but not now.
This is what she always believed, and how she and the vast majority of the GOP legislative caucus have voted in Springfield on these issues.
This is the GOP that picked Trump as nominee. This is the GOP that is packing the courts with anti-choice judges, enacting anti-immigrant policies, trying to stop transgender people from military service, trying to punish cities and unions for having minorities and liberals in them.
If you don’t like the Ives ad then you shouldn’t be voting for any Republican this cycle.
== I don’t understand people saying they could vote for Ives before but not now. =
The Ives ad is a comic book version of conservatism. It is a kick in the face to conservatives as much as it is to the left. Whomever put it together, doesn’t really care about the values.
=== “But in terms of the veracity of the statements in the ad and the representations, the characterizations of issues and issue positions the governor has taken, that’s all factual,” Proft said. ===
The actor in drag thanks Gov. Rauner for allowing him into the girls’ bathrooms. The only trans bill Rauner signed had to do with birth certificates, not integrating bathrooms. So how is the ad “all factual”?