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Monday, Sep 20, 2021

* The Club for Growth is running this ad in US Rep. Adam Kinzinger’s district

I do not yet know if this is on broadcast, but it’s a modest $9K cable buy running through September 23.

* Script…

Nancy Pelosi and Adam Kinzinger picked your pocket. Their spending spree sparked record inflation, driving up prices and eating into the value of your paycheck.

Now will Kinzinger support Pelosi’s reconciliation scam? It’s a $3 trillion tax hike that could cost your family $2400. And experts warn its higher investment taxes could slam your retirement savings. Remind Kinzinger he works for you. Tell him to stop Nancy Pelosi’s tax scam.

* The Question: Rate it?

- Posted by Rich Miller        

33 Comments
  1. - Blue Dog - Monday, Sep 20, 21 @ 2:29 pm:

    B. Effective but not spectacular.


  2. - Roadrager - Monday, Sep 20, 21 @ 2:33 pm:

    C-. Works for those who never got any stimulus checks and/or possess enough cognitive dissonance to willfully forget whose name appeared on the first couple of them.


  3. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Sep 20, 21 @ 2:38 pm:

    It’s a B-…

    It’s a “base ad” for a primary more than the “policy issue” to change votes or hold accountable votes.

    Not adding any new anti-Kinzinger voters.

    But… it is what it is.


  4. - Truthiness - Monday, Sep 20, 21 @ 2:41 pm:

    This is on TV. I saw it this morning in Springfield. I give it a C.


  5. - H-W - Monday, Sep 20, 21 @ 2:44 pm:

    If the goal is to anger the rank and file Republican “would-be” voter, I give it an A. This message premised on “its gonna cost you directly” seems to work very well in Illinois. The same message defeated the Graduated Tax Rate.

    Grade = A


  6. - Grandson of Man - Monday, Sep 20, 21 @ 2:44 pm:

    Rated a lie. Kinzinger did not and will not vote for a reconciliation bill. But we’re dealing with a GOP electorate that largely does not live in reality.

    The Club for Growth must be Trumpers, because who would it help but the Trump wing of the GOP?


  7. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Sep 20, 21 @ 2:47 pm:

    ===If the goal is to anger the rank and file Republican “would-be” voter, I give it an A.===

    If it’s a primary election type ad, aren’t these folks already voting against Kinzinger?


  8. - 17% Solution - Monday, Sep 20, 21 @ 2:48 pm:

    I wonder if the club members are upset about the tariffs that cost American families $2031 a year.
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/stuartanderson/2019/09/09/trump-tariffs-will-soon-cost-us-families-thousands-of-dollars-a-year/


  9. - MisterJayEm - Monday, Sep 20, 21 @ 2:48 pm:

    Blockheads are the intended audience and it will likely work on them.

    B-

    – MrJM


  10. - Numbers matter - Monday, Sep 20, 21 @ 2:49 pm:

    I thought Club for Growth was a conservative group. Trump has never been a conservative (tariffs, trade wars, isolationist, big spender, ignoring longstanding alliances–ask the Kurds in Syria if you want to know more). Kinzinger has a pretty solid conservative votingr record So what gives? Is Club for Growth now a populist organization?


  11. - Numbers matter - Monday, Sep 20, 21 @ 2:51 pm:

    And my rating is a B.


  12. - hisgirlfriday - Monday, Sep 20, 21 @ 2:52 pm:

    Needs more Madigan.

    And what even is Kinzinger’s district if this is airing in Springfield?


  13. - Al - Monday, Sep 20, 21 @ 2:53 pm:

    It appears unnecessary and reckless. Sounds like with new districts the Club for Growth is throwing Kinzinger under the bus. Not sure the ad was specific enough for me, to move my vote or induce me to contact Kinzinger.


  14. - Ron Burgundy - Monday, Sep 20, 21 @ 2:56 pm:

    Is the “record inflation” referring to last summer when Trump was still in? Because I think COVID and supply and labor shortages had more to do with that than anything government did.


  15. - Former Downstater - Monday, Sep 20, 21 @ 2:59 pm:

    Are we just accepting the premise the reconciliation bill is a “3 trillion dollar tax hike”?

    It basically lies out of the gates.


  16. - Enviro - Monday, Sep 20, 21 @ 3:11 pm:

    This ad should be rated F for false.


  17. - Tommydanger - Monday, Sep 20, 21 @ 3:20 pm:

    I think they could have saved even the 9K; they could’ve just waited for Trump to tell his muppets who to vote for.


  18. - John Lopez - Monday, Sep 20, 21 @ 3:20 pm:

    ==And what even is Kinzinger’s district if this is airing in Springfield?==

    My guess, Club for Growth Action, who’ve never liked Kinzinger, think he may run for U.S. Senate should current IL-16 be wiped out by IL Democrats remap?

    Customized version of same ad also running in these 9 Democrat held districts:

    FL-07: Stephanie Murphy (D)
    GA-07: Carolyn Bourdeaux (D)
    ME-02: Jared Golden (D)
    NJ-05: Josh Gottheimer (D)
    NV-03: Susie Lee (D)
    TX-15: Vicente Gonzalez (D)
    TX-28: Henry Cuellar (D)
    TX-34: Filemon Vela (D)
    VA-07: Abigail Spanberger (D)


  19. - John Lopez - Monday, Sep 20, 21 @ 3:22 pm:

    The last bit referring to investment taxes and what happened to stocks today, timing gives it an “A” rating.


  20. - NonAFSCMEStateEmployeeFromChatham - Monday, Sep 20, 21 @ 3:38 pm:

    ==And what even is Kinzinger’s district if this is airing in Springfield?==

    Perhaps the new “Betsy” and “Nikki” district? Maybe Channahon thrown in with the B/N, C/U, Decatur and Springfield portions of the current 13th?


  21. - Rich Miller - Monday, Sep 20, 21 @ 3:40 pm:

    ===if this is airing in Springfield?===

    Springfield is not on the cable buy.


  22. - Annonin' - Monday, Sep 20, 21 @ 3:42 pm:

    Speakin’ of ads Radio Legend Tom Miller did a little two step on a Dem Governor’s Assoc. ad that lumped all the GOPie Gov candidates into the bad category….Then Gary Rabine appeared (actually he was too busy pavin’) via bad cell connection to intone how he alone could beat the other whacks and JB. Fun stuff


  23. - A Jack - Monday, Sep 20, 21 @ 4:07 pm:

    I am not sure how the “tie him to the anti-Trump crowd” will play in Illinois. But if they want to stay on the same course, they might tie him to General Milley and defying his Commander In Chief with Kinzinger’s border comments.


  24. - Billy Bong - Monday, Sep 20, 21 @ 4:22 pm:

    It’s a dead fish wrapped in newspaper on Kinzinger’s porch.

    It is not gonna hurt him, but it is sending a message.


  25. - New Day - Monday, Sep 20, 21 @ 4:33 pm:

    One little teeny point. We are not seeing “record inflation.” 5.4% is not record inflation. In the late 70s we had almost 20% inflation. This is marginally higher than the norm for the past 40 years and is expected to fade quickly. But please don’t let put facts in the way of a good (or weak in this case) attack.


  26. - CubsFan16 - Monday, Sep 20, 21 @ 4:46 pm:

    Trying to get voters to care about the nitty gritty of a reconciliation package is a very optimistic attitude to have towards the American electorate.


  27. - truthteller - Monday, Sep 20, 21 @ 5:46 pm:

    I would run a counter ad that if you support trump and crazy GOP you need to return all the stimulus money as sign of support


  28. - JS Mill - Monday, Sep 20, 21 @ 5:47 pm:

    What Mr JayEm and 17% said. This is red meat for the tinfoil hat club.


  29. - Anyone Remember - Monday, Sep 20, 21 @ 5:48 pm:

    === … sparked record inflation … .===

    Pants on Fire.

    I remember the OPEC inflation - both of them.


  30. - West Side the Best Side - Monday, Sep 20, 21 @ 6:14 pm:

    Can’t quite figure out the ad. Is the the “Pickpocket Club for Growth” that’s running it? Because anyone contributing to that group is surely getting their pocket picked. Probably on a regular basis like Trump’s contribution scams. You can fool all of the people some of the time and some of the people all the time and that’s enough to make a good living.


  31. - Pot calling kettle - Monday, Sep 20, 21 @ 8:30 pm:

    Lots of misleading stuff, but it inspired me. I may call Kinzinger’s office and encourage him to vote for the bill. I mean, if they’re going to hang it on him anyway, he might as well do the responsible thing and fund the government.


  32. - ILLannoyed - Monday, Sep 20, 21 @ 8:43 pm:

    Didn’t they try to play in Illinois with Shimkus? Don’t know if it’s redemption or revenge but it doesn’t seem to matter. Club for Growth lights money on fire to earn cool points with the right wing. B- just because production value is good even if cookie cutter. Does nothing


  33. - Candy Dogood - Tuesday, Sep 21, 21 @ 9:25 am:

    B-.

    This is a cookie cutter aid that is targeting voters who have by and large benefited from the economic assistance being provided by the Government since the pandemic began. The fiscal language is generic, and frankly it seems out of touch with what counts as conservatism these days.

    Plus, where ever they should probably consider the fact that most of Illinois doesn’t look like a former Soviet bloc country. This is an interesting choice since the image on the left was overlay on the video on the right. It’s pretty lazy, looks awkward and makes me want to rate the ad lower. Someone made thousands of dollars to produce this, and this is what they come up with?

    There are literal elementary school children producing better video edits than these professionals put together.


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