The Illinois Republican Party has been sending out fliers backing U.S. Rep. RODNEY DAVIS, R-Taylorville, and attacking his opponent, Democrat BETSY DIRKSEN LONDRIGAN.
Among descriptions of Londrigan on fliers is the word “lobbyist.”
Turns out that in 2013, when Londrigan was a consultant to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation, she registered as a lobbyist for the foundation for just that year.
CARLA KNOROWSKI, CEO of the foundation, also registered that year, as the foundation — which purchased the Taper collection years earlier, including a purported Lincoln top hat — was seeking state funding help to supplement private funding. Knorowski said there were “a handful of meetings that Betsy helped me as a staff member, but I was basically the one making the presentations.”
She said no state money resulted from those meetings, which included officials like Senate President JOHN CULLERTON, state Sen. ANDY MANAR, and perhaps representatives of other legislative leaders. Knorowski also said as she and Londrigan weren’t paid as lobbyists, they didn’t have to register, but did so to be “abundantly cautious.”
I’m told that Davis has a new TV ad about the allegedly fake hat, but I haven’t seen it yet.
And with that ad, all four embattled Republican congressional incumbents are using Mike Madigan to attack their opponents.
* This story is based on a tweet that cut off part of the polling memo. I tried getting more info from the CLF Super PAC yesterday, but never heard back, so I didn’t post it. Also, the poll is old (September 29 through October 1), and was released shortly after Londrigan released a poll showing her down by a point, making it a bit suspect. And it was released ahead of the Vice President’s trip to the district. Anway…
Two days after Democrat Betsy Dirksen Londrigan’s campaign released a poll showing her running neck-and-neck with GOP Rep. Rodney Davis, a top Republican polling firm has released its own poll showing Davis with a comfortable lead going into the final month of the election.
The poll released Wednesday shows Davis with a 50 percent to 37 percent lead on Londrigan in the race for the 13th Congressional District, with 9 percent undecided. It also shows Davis leading among independents, 45 percent to 38 percent, and independent women, 40 percent to 35 percent.
Vice President Mike Pence is coming to Springfield Friday for a fundraiser for U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville.
According to the Sangamon County Republican Party’s calendar, Pence will be special guest at the luncheon at Panther Creek Golf Course.
Wait. Isn’t Panther Creek Golf Course an “exclusive” club “that costs thousands of dollars to join”? Why, yes, it is. /s
* From the Rodney Davis campaign…
Today, Rodney Davis called on his opponent’s supporter, EMILY’s List/Women Vote, to remove a negative TV ad featuring his children. The ad says Davis wants to gut protections for people with pre-existing conditions and features their three children. Davis’ wife Shannon has a genetic form of colon cancer that could also be passed down to their children.
“In my book, kids are off limits in politics and it’s appalling to me that this outside group, who is spending nearly a million dollars in support of my opponent, would use my children in a negative TV ad against me,” said Davis. “My opponent has spoken about her son several times throughout this campaign and I would never use him, nor condone an outside group using him, in a negative way to make a political point. Lying about my voting record over and over again and using scare-tactics to do it is bad enough, but bringing my kids into it is a new low. At some point enough is enough in politics.”
Click here to view the ad. It uses footage of Davis’ own ad which features his kids. And since this is an independent expenditure, Londrigan can’t do much about it either way. We’ll see if the media picks up on it or if Davis uses this in an ad.
Also, it’s clear that Congressman Davis has voted to undermine preexisting condition protections. That’s the bill the late US Sen. John McCain killed with his dramatic thumbs-down.
Republican leaders on Wednesday said they were “appalled” to learn of Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker’s efforts to get property tax breaks on his Chicago home, and contended that he shouldn’t be elected as a result of the findings.
Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti, U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis of Taylorville and Dan Caulkins, the Republican state representative candidate for the 101st District, criticized Pritzker and rallied support for Gov. Bruce Rauner’s re-election campaign during a joint news conference at the Macon County Republican Party headquarters, 445 N. Franklin St. […]
On Wednesday, Davis said he hopes that the U.S. Attorney’s Office is working to initiate an investigation, and said that the calls for it to move forward will not stop.
“Let this sink in: The Cook County inspector general accused the Democrat gubernatorial candidate in the state of Illinois of committing a ’scheme to defraud’ the taxpayers of the same state that he wishes to represent,” Davis said.
I’m just going to state the obvious here. You don’t start running 2 ads throwing the kitchen sink at Londrigan, complain about the negative ads against you, and have the VP come in for a final weeks event, if your polling really shows that you are leading by 13.
If you ignore the polling and look at the actions of the candidates, Rodney is acting like he is scared to death.
DesperateDavis seems to be gettin’ a little unglued. Could someone remind the USA in Chicago is a little busy gettin’ ready for the trial of his seatmate in a few months. Guessin’ the Orangeman will be flyin’ in soon
Also, if Davis is bringing in the VP, you’d think he’d maybe be brave enough to appear in public for once. Londrigan has been hosting several campaign events per week all season. He’s getting outworked.
- TaylorvilleTornado - Thursday, Oct 11, 18 @ 12:05 pm:
Sounds like Rodney is afraid he may have to come back to Taylorville to work in his dad’s McDonald’s.
Still nothing but crickets on the multi-year multi-million dollar furniture store lease created by the corrupt Rauner administration. Glad there was enough grease to go around to keep prosecutors from going forward with grand juries.
In many parts of the state, there is no public golf course or swimming facilities or whatever, and you have to join a private club if that’s what you want to do. The budget cuts that Republicans are pushing lead inevitably towards that result: let users pay for it and don’t saddle taxpayers with the cost. For the Republicans to then cry crocodile tears over someone joining a private club really takes the cake.
I know the yachting club very well. Not a member, but have visited many times with members. It’s one of the most down-to-earth places I’ve ever visited of this type. When many politicians are members at places like Medina, the Glen and Ivanhoe as well as social clubs like Union League what’s the comparison to this Lake Springfield gem? For one, the value and price is vastly different than implied in the smear. The members are at all levels of wealth and, not to demean this club, but to the many who read this and aren’t familiar with Lake Springfield - to call it a yacht club is a stretch. That lake can only handle small craft so it’s not like what you see on TV with 100′+ super boats. On the contrary, they hold lessons and regattas for (my term) the middle-class boats and smaller. In addition this club holds great events, engages the members into a community and like many others can be rented out for events. I have always enjoyed visiting, look forward to any future chances and wish I lived closer so I could join even though I don’t own a boat.
Many of us who have been or still are registered lobbyists in Springfield have been to the Island Bay Yacht Club for a dinner or two. Some of us had non-resident memberships which to be honest was very inexpensive. By Chicago standards even full regular membership is relatively inexpensive compared to let’s say Columbia Yacht Club. Lake Springfield isn’t after all comparable to Lake Michigan or are the sail craft on those two bodies of water.
Why are we acting like it is shocking that a political ad would mislead or manipulate the truth? The club’s name has the word “yacht” in it. When people hear yacht, they think of wealth. Londrigan’s ad refers to Davis as “politician” which is a synonym for….something negative. Yet if she is elected, she will become a politician. This is normal negative political ad stuff.
“Exclusive” yacht club?? LOL, resorting to such a ridiculous level means Davis campaign is in big trouble. In past 2 weeks we have had our door knock on 2 times by canvassers for the Londrigan campaign, I see so little presence of any Davis “boots on the ground” any where in Decatur. The pure panic is obvious with the MILLIONS of SuperPac money coming in for Davis. I wonder how much is russian money??