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Thursday, Jul 19, 2018

* JB Pritzker campaign fundraising e-mail…

Erika Harold would be dangerous for Illinois. If elected Attorney General, she will be an extension of Bruce Rauner’s failed leadership and Donald Trump’s bigotry.

Harold once said that she would place foster children in the home of child abusers rather than with a loving gay couple. This rhetoric is despicable. This kind of blatant hatred is not who we are as a state, and no one who believes it should represent Illinoisans in office.

Candidates like Erika Harold are why Blue Wave Illinois 2018 is so important. This November, voters are going to be faced with a choice. Will we elect people like Erika Harold and Donald Trump, who spew bigotry and seek to divide us, or will we elect those who honor the American values of inclusion, diversity, and justice?

The choice is clear. Chip in today to make sure we elect me and other leaders who represent our values.

Up and down the ballot, Democrats are running who will fight to make sure Illinois becomes a state that is on the side of hardworking Illinoisans. Candidates like Kwame Raoul, the Democratic candidate for Attorney General, will stand with our families and stand up to Donald Trump.

Candidates like Erika Harold do not represent our values. But this November, we have to elect candidates who do. Together, we can make Illinois a Democratic stronghold, and a place where all people, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, or background feel welcome.

Support Blue Wave Illinois 2018 today and be on the right side of history this November.

Thank you—
JB

- Posted by Rich Miller        

35 Comments
  1. - Archpundit - Thursday, Jul 19, 18 @ 2:39 pm:

    The Party of Snidely Whiplash versus the Party of Gargamel.


  2. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jul 19, 18 @ 2:44 pm:

    I am voting for JB but if he keeps this up I might have to change my mind. I can’t vote for Rauner but might go third party If JB doesn’t cool down.


  3. - Just Me - Thursday, Jul 19, 18 @ 2:51 pm:

    Harold has yet to clean up that little mess she made.


  4. - Arthur Andersen - Thursday, Jul 19, 18 @ 2:52 pm:

    Huh. Didn’t know Trump was on the ballot. Kwame must have wrote that email.


  5. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jul 19, 18 @ 2:56 pm:

    JB seems to be perfecting the concept of hyperbolic-insincerity.


  6. - Real - Thursday, Jul 19, 18 @ 2:56 pm:

    I am voting for JB but if he keeps this up I might have to change my mind. I can’t vote for Rauner but might go third party If JB doesn’t cool down

    Cool what down? Sounds like the issues you want JB to take on it elected aren’t really that important to you if you can’t handle campaigning..


  7. - pawn - Thursday, Jul 19, 18 @ 3:07 pm:

    The LGBTQ issue with child welfare just won’t die. Now there is a Republican amendment that has gotten out of Committee, that would penalize states that refuse to allow discrimination in child welfare practices. Rep. Andersson came out against it. Would go a long way toward shutting this down if Harold would do so as well.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-amendment-congress-adoption-gay-20180716-story.html


  8. - VanillaMan - Thursday, Jul 19, 18 @ 3:10 pm:

    Kwame’s flailing campaigb is poisoning JB’s here. JB sounds hysterical and silly.

    Bad stuff.
    Amateur.


  9. - hisgirlfriday - Thursday, Jul 19, 18 @ 3:14 pm:

    I wish JB would link her instead to all the GOP AGs suing to let insurance companies go back to denying coverage to people with preexisting conditions again


  10. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jul 19, 18 @ 3:16 pm:

    Have any of you actually seen Erika in a room with other dem candidates? She is actually scary and is a force to be reckoned with. Does a great job of answering the question she wants without letting people know her very real conservative policies. If you aren’t paying close attention I reckon she will surprise you all come election day.


  11. - Pundent - Thursday, Jul 19, 18 @ 3:18 pm:

    It’s a campaign fundraising e-mail not a political ad. This is the kind of stuff that gets donors to open up their wallets.


  12. - NeverPoliticallyCorrect - Thursday, Jul 19, 18 @ 3:22 pm:

    This is the kind of political posturing that drives the average voters crazy, but that not who is being targeted. OMG, we have over 3 more months of this.


  13. - Wensicia - Thursday, Jul 19, 18 @ 3:30 pm:

    Does Raoul approve this message?


  14. - Responsa - Thursday, Jul 19, 18 @ 3:32 pm:

    “The right side of history” is one of those hackneyed overused phrases that superficially sounds knowledgeable and serious but is really meaningless blather when it is used to talk about future events.


  15. - CatAttack - Thursday, Jul 19, 18 @ 3:45 pm:

    I’m hard-pressed to understand what is objectionable about what JB says in this email. Harold is a bigot, she is a threat to civil rights as well as to voting rights, she seems far more likely to support Trump initiatives than not.

    And, like it or not, the GOP is now the party of Trump. The fact that so few Republican electeds are willing to stand up to Trump’s corruption, bigotry, treachery, and just general ineptitude shows that either they lack courage, or they’re in lockstep with him. They can’t whine about being tied to him while doing nothing to cut him loose.


  16. - Pundent - Thursday, Jul 19, 18 @ 3:54 pm:

    =“The right side of history”=

    It’s also a way to rationalize or defend losing.


  17. - Soapbox Derby - Thursday, Jul 19, 18 @ 4:01 pm:

    Harold is African-American, how can she promote bigotry?


  18. - Pundent - Thursday, Jul 19, 18 @ 4:06 pm:

    Webster’s defines bigotry as “an intolerance of those who differ.” Doesn’t say that it’s exclusive to any particular race.


  19. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jul 19, 18 @ 4:18 pm:

    ==Harold is African-American, how can she promote bigotry?==

    Black people can’t be homophobes?


  20. - City Zen - Thursday, Jul 19, 18 @ 4:28 pm:

    ==Support Blue Wave Illinois 2018 today and be on the right side of history this November.==

    Doesn’t he mean the left side?


  21. - Reserved - Thursday, Jul 19, 18 @ 4:55 pm:

    It’s really interesting that a white Democrat can say an African American candidate does “not represent our values”, yet a white Republican would be crucified for the same statement about the same African American candidate.

    Frankly I don’t think a white Republican can even get away with using the term “our values” without the intent of the statement solely being interpreted as racial or national origin in nature. I know Rauner releasing anything about “our values” and Raoul would instantly be called racist in some circles.


  22. - Lake County Voter - Thursday, Jul 19, 18 @ 5:25 pm:

    Can someone articulate the flaw here? Harold and Rauner are running in a very ugly Republican Party in a year where voters are sick of Trump. They own that. They could have run as independents.


  23. - FedUp - Thursday, Jul 19, 18 @ 5:29 pm:

    “==Harold is African-American, how can she promote bigotry?==

    Black people can’t be homophobes?”

    Actually she is of mixed race and was proud of her parents heritage when she was made Miss America. Back then, it was her mother being half black and her father’s bery caucasion European ancestry. She took the moniker of being “black” and subjected to discrimination when she first ran for US Representative.


  24. - VanillaMan - Thursday, Jul 19, 18 @ 7:02 pm:

    The big rich white billionaire is telling us that the young black lady is a racist.

    Sick.


  25. - Lester Holt’s Mustache - Thursday, Jul 19, 18 @ 7:13 pm:

    ==Frankly I don’t think a white Republican can even get away with using the term “our values” without the intent of the statement solely being interpreted as racial or national origin in nature. ==

    How do you use the Internet from underneath that rock? Literally every white republican politician says this regularly, although usually it’s said in much coarser terminology while simultaneously implying that only “our values” are the only acceptable form of values in America. It would be rude to call you a snowflake, but if you’re that easily offended you really shouldn’t be visiting a website focused on politics.


  26. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jul 19, 18 @ 8:13 pm:

    - telling us that the young black lady is a racist. -

    No, just homophobic enough to think abusive parents are better than gay parents. I would think you’d understand the difference.


  27. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jul 19, 18 @ 8:40 pm:

    This lady is not a racist. She corrected herself with a heart-felt response.


  28. - VanillaMan - Thursday, Jul 19, 18 @ 8:55 pm:

    ==Literally every white republican politician says this regularly, although usually it’s said in much coarser terminology while simultaneously implying that only “our values” are the only acceptable form of values in America==

    Extremists in both parties do this. When an African American lady gets called a racist, something is very wrong.


  29. - Real - Thursday, Jul 19, 18 @ 9:09 pm:

    I’m black and the black community does not support Harold. Most can’t tell if she is black or not.. Yet they are trying to promote her as being black to attrack the black community. She will not get much support from us. Not in this state.


  30. - VanillaMan - Thursday, Jul 19, 18 @ 9:10 pm:

    I really hoped that Pritzker would be a good candidate that knew how to prove a point without lies or name calling.

    He has been really disappointing over the past two weeks. Someone needs to get him straightened out because he’s giving undecided voters real reasons to reelect the worse governor ever.


  31. - VanillaMan - Thursday, Jul 19, 18 @ 9:18 pm:

    ==Most can’t tell if she is black or not.. Yet they are trying to promote her as being black to attrack the black community.==

    She’s a proud black woman and Republican. Welcome to a different point of view. She’s not pretending.


  32. - DarkHorse - Thursday, Jul 19, 18 @ 11:03 pm:

    This is a great issue for the Dems to bring up against Harold. It reflects her out-of-the-mainstream views on most issues, and she’s done a poor job addressing it. That’s one reason a nobody got 40% of the vote against her in the primary.


  33. - Pundent - Friday, Jul 20, 18 @ 8:33 am:

    =She’s a proud black woman and Republican. Welcome to a different point of view. She’s not pretending.=

    And she’s also made homophobic remarks. Neither her race or her party makes her immune from criticism. Personally I don’t care.

    The identity politics resonates with a portion of the Democrat base. This isn’t a campaign ad it’s an e-mail to get Democrats to open their wallets. It follows the tactics used by both sides to fire up their base. If it was a Republican fundraising e-mail it would talk about how the Dem’s want to take your guns and force you to have an abortion. And I’m sure that you’d applaud it.


  34. - Arsenal - Friday, Jul 20, 18 @ 8:49 am:

    ==Kwame’s flailing campaigb is poisoning JB’s here. ==

    Flailing? I would argue Kwame is in a stronger position than JB right now.


  35. - wordslinger - Friday, Jul 20, 18 @ 9:05 am:

    –“The right side of history” is one of those hackneyed overused phrases that superficially sounds knowledgeable and serious but is really meaningless blather when it is used to talk about future events.–

    LOL, talk about “meaningless blather.”

    There is a “right side of history” choice, today, right now, on Trump.

    The fact that you’re already retreating to a “gute Deutsche” rationalization to avoid it reveals everything.


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