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Breen under attack, Salvi compares himself to Ives, Ives agrees with… herself

Friday, Mar 9, 2018 - Posted by Rich Miller

* Cosgrove is supporting Glen Ellyn Democrat Terra Costa Howard in the general

Abortion-rights group Personal PAC plans to start dropping mailers critical of Republican state Rep. Peter Breen of Lombard, an early signal that Democrats could see the seat as a top target in November.

Breen is an attorney and leading abortion opponent who helped spearhead the lawsuit challenging Illinois new law expanding access to taxpayer-funded abortions. He is the House GOP floor leader at the Capitol.

Personal PAC President Terry Cosgrove said the group is spending money early to take on Breen because the House district he holds is a “moderate” one that went for Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Hillary Clinton won that district by 17 points, Tammy Duckworth won it by 3, but Susana Mendoza lost it by 13.

* From a Cosgrove fundraising appeal…

State Representative Peter Breen is obsessed with ending access to reproductive health care for all women.

Just a few of the lowlights from the Breen record:

    * Lied about and voted against HB 40. He filed a lawsuit to prevent HB 40 from being enacted. Breen then filed a bill (HB 4114) that would repeal HB 40, make abortion illegal with no exceptions for rape or incest, and make most forms of prescription birth control a murder weapon based on his narrow religious definition of “conception,” rather than a definition based on science.

    * Voted against a bill to ensure access to prescription birth control (HB 5576).

    * Has worked tirelessly to shut down and defund Planned Parenthood.

    * Yesterday, 87 House Republicans and Democrats voted for an Equal Pay bill (HB 4163). But not Peter Breen, who stood up on the House floor and railed against the bill.

    * Breen has endorsed the bigoted Trump loving anti-choice Jeanne Ives to be our next Governor.

Several months ago I was a guest, along with Breen, on Bill Cameron’s WLS radio talk show. I spent a ½ hour asking Breen at least ten times to tell the radio listeners that he wants to make abortion illegal in Illinois. Each time he refused to answer that simple question.

Peter Breen is afraid that the voters in his moderate DuPage county district will find out that he doesn’t represent them, but instead is following his own narrow agenda that threatens the health and safety of voters in Glen Ellyn, Lombard, Lisle, Wheaton and Downers Grove.

* From one of Dan Proft’s papers

Former Illinois state Rep. Al Salvi sees the same path to victory for state Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) in her Republican primary run against Gov. Bruce Rauner that he took in his upset win during his run for U.S. Senate more than two decades ago.

Salvi, who recently endorsed Ives, stunned the political world in 1996 when he rallied from a 14-point polling deficit to top then-Lt. Gov. Bob Kustra in the GOP primary. He eventually lost the general election to Sen. Dick Durbin.

That last sentence is the most important.

* Um, she’s linking to her own Wall St. Journal op-ed. So, she’s agreeing with… herself?…



       

21 Comments
  1. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Mar 9, 18 @ 1:01 pm:

    Rauner may not be a Republican, but as a Raunerite… he ain’t no Kustra.

    If Ives is but 14 points down, that would be interesting news.


  2. - Ducky LaMoore - Friday, Mar 9, 18 @ 1:04 pm:

    At least Ives agrees with herself… https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/george_h_w_bush_124869


  3. - Anonymous - Friday, Mar 9, 18 @ 1:05 pm:

    Boy nothing says “winning candidate” like…..Al Salvi. Then again, this is Proft running this show. He’s never made it last the primary, maybe he doesn’t realize there’s a whole other election in November.


  4. - wordslinger - Friday, Mar 9, 18 @ 1:05 pm:

    –Hillary Clinton won that district by 17 points, Tammy Duckworth won it by 3, but Susana Mendoza lost it by 13.–

    That district swings like Count Basie.


  5. - anon2 - Friday, Mar 9, 18 @ 1:06 pm:

    I don’t think Rauner is quite as overconfident as Kustra was back in that ‘96 primary.


  6. - DuPage Saint - Friday, Mar 9, 18 @ 1:11 pm:

    While ready Obama biography by David Garrow who owes a ton to Captal Fax I found out Proft was a consultant on Jack Ryan’s senate run then with Allen Keys if you throw in Proft’s run for governor he probably holds the world’s record for blow out electoral defeats and we have not even got to Ives


  7. - ste_with_a_v_en - Friday, Mar 9, 18 @ 1:19 pm:

    From the same Russ Stewart article.
    2018: Looking at the aforesaid 11 primaries, the social conservative vote averaged about 31 percent. That’s marginalization. Rauner’s 2018 message is also simple: If you want to totally turn over the state to the Democrats, vote for Ives.


  8. - Ron Burgundy - Friday, Mar 9, 18 @ 1:31 pm:

    Well, if you can’t agree with yourself, who can you agree with?


  9. - EPatt - Friday, Mar 9, 18 @ 1:37 pm:

    Not surprised Personal PAC backs Democrats and not Republicans. Even pro-choice Republicans get attacked by Terry because of who their friends are.


  10. - PJ - Friday, Mar 9, 18 @ 1:45 pm:

    ==Even pro-choice Republicans get attacked by Terry because of who their friends are==

    lol. Who are the pro-choice Republicans in Illinois right now?

    And this article is about Breen, who is proudly the most anti-choice individual in the state.


  11. - EPatt - Friday, Mar 9, 18 @ 1:52 pm:

    Try Rauner - pro-choice and donated over $26,000 to Personal PAC in the past


  12. - Texas Red - Friday, Mar 9, 18 @ 1:55 pm:

    Breen can also properly be described as pro-Life rather than anti-choice. But that phrase is now verboten.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/media/341210-how-the-ap-stylebook-censors-pro-life-and-other-conservative-words


  13. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Mar 9, 18 @ 2:01 pm:

    ===Try Rauner - pro-choice and donated over $26,000 to Personal PAC in the past===

    Rauner recently said he supported pro-life candidates.

    Who is the real Bruce Rauner, the one that signed HB40, and alienated pro-lifers, or the one committed to supporting pro-lifers, alienating the pro-choice suburban women?

    Hmm.

    lol


  14. - Memo From Turner - Friday, Mar 9, 18 @ 2:03 pm:

    Breen better watch Glen Ellyn and the portion of his district that covers Wheaton south of Roosevelt Road. The Democrats drew this district to be favorable to Pihos who was a moderate Republican. Their mistake was they gave Pihos too much of the Wheaton College area of Wheaton that only votes pro-life. Breen will always be able to win the primary, but will have to worry about the Ives/Thomas Moore/Pro-Life zealot label that can be easily place around his neck come the general and turn off moderate voters in the non-evangelical portions of his district. I bet he tries to moderate himself with some gun control votes and child care issues. He is going to have a tougher run than he expected. Rauner will not give him a dime, and Proft may be out of money come November.


  15. - EPAtt - Friday, Mar 9, 18 @ 2:05 pm:

    Oswego Willy - follow the money


  16. - PJ - Friday, Mar 9, 18 @ 2:05 pm:

    ==Try Rauner - pro-choice and donated over $26,000 to Personal PAC in the past==

    Terry didn’t really come after Rauner until he said he’d veto HB40, which… yeah.

    ==Breen can also properly be described as pro-Life rather than anti-choice. But that phrase is now verboten.==

    By far the silliest rhetorical debate in politics. Let’s just say anti-abortion, then. One must either be against choice or against life. We can disagree without hyperbolic rhetorical battles on top of it.


  17. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Mar 9, 18 @ 2:07 pm:

    ===… follow the money==

    Rauner hasn’t donated to pro-life candidates?

    That seems to be news to Rauner, lol


  18. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Mar 9, 18 @ 2:09 pm:

    ===… follow the money===

    $305K to Pro-Lifer Erika Harold.

    Follow like that, or… how should I follow?


  19. - Roman - Friday, Mar 9, 18 @ 2:21 pm:

    Rauner is no Kustra — indeed.

    But this is not your father’s Illinois GOP. Much more conservative than it was in 1996. That’s a ray of hope for Ives.


  20. - Boone's is Back - Friday, Mar 9, 18 @ 3:28 pm:

    ===Former Illinois state Rep. Al Salvi sees the same path to victory for state Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) in her Republican primary run against Gov. Bruce Rauner that he took in his upset win during his run for U.S. Senate more than two decades ago.===

    Nothing says victory like defeat.


  21. - walker - Saturday, Mar 10, 18 @ 2:43 pm:

    “”Even pro-choice Republicans get attacked by Terry because of who their friends are.”"

    Generally false.

    When multiple pro-choice Republican women candidates were running, eg Rosemary Mulligan, Personal PAC was all in for them. Cosgrove once told me he actually preferred pro-choice Republican candidates because of the leverage they offered within their caucus. Unfortunately they seem to have been mostly abandoned by their party.


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