* Background on this tattoo artist is here. It’s a great read. Press release…
U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, running for re-election in the 14th Congressional District, has aired his first television ad of this campaign season. The 30-second spot rises above typical campaign ads and focuses on the issue of human trafficking that is plaguing our nation, an issue that Rep. Hultgren is passionate about and will continue to address when he is re-elected in November.
“As any parent will attest, there’s nothing more important than protecting our children and our communities. And as a husband and father of four children, including one daughter, one of the issues I’ve been particularly drawn to is the tragic human cost of human trafficking on families and especially children,” said Rep. Hultgren.
“As your representative in Congress, I’ve done my best to raise awareness of this issue that effects our region, and not just far-off corners of the world. Our work isn’t done by any means, but our progress is unmistakable.”
The Hultgren Campaign has made a significant ad buy on local cable networks and digital, and this first ad is one piece of a comprehensive TV and Digital advertising campaign that the voters can expect from Rep. Hultgren.
“When I started removing sex trafficking tattoos, I would drive home in tears,” Ink180 owner Chris Baker says in the spot. “To have a kid, at 13, with a tattoo of her pimp’s name on her arm made me sick.”
“There’s so much more work that needs to be done to combat human trafficking, and Randy Hultgren is the man to do that,” Baker says. […]
Underwood outraised Hultgren by about $150,000 in the second quarter of the year. She launched her first TV commercial this week, highlighting her work as a registered nurse as she tries to introduce herself to voters and keep her campaign’s focus on health care.
Is it something that hits the voters in the 14th the way losing preexisting coverage does?
Truthfully every politician in America can use this ad. What elected official is against human trafficking.
It’ll pull some heart strings and keep name id high which may be all he’s looking for.
It’s the kind of ad that makes me want to vote for the tattoo artist. I think recall for the ad will be above average, recall of the candidate the ad is supposed to support will be below average. The ad does a very good job of getting your attention but a below par job of transferring that attention to the candidate.
Hultgren’s commitment to eradicating human trafficking is laudable and I believe he is sincere.
However, he’s voted repeatedly to end the ACA and now too many Illinoisans have to set up Go Fund Me pages to get healthcare. That’s not acceptable. These tattoos should be removed by plastic surgeons in hospitals and, at a minimum, some public mental health provisions should be available for these victims.
I mean, I’m sure the tattoo artist is a nice guy, but really, more should be done here and the ACA provides the best way to cover the cost of the physical and mental health care these victims will need for many many years to come.
Polling/predictions from Cook, Sabato, Inside Elections and Real Clear indicate his district is either Likely Rep or Leans Rep. Edgy ads like this are appropriate, they will not upset his base but they might appeal to undecided.