ANNC: A riotous mob. The police, outnumbered — but backed up by their mayor.
Richard Irvin called in the Guard. Closed exit ramps. Shut down the riots.
IRVIN: Aurora will be ready for you if you come to our community wreaking havoc.
We will prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law. We will not put up with this BS and foolishness…
…this, I guarantee.
ANNC: They tried to burn his city down. Richard Irvin took it back.
Elect Irvin Governor, we’ll take back our state.
*** UPDATE 1 *** DPI…
Irvin Lies to Voters on TV While Continuing to Hide From Them In Real Life
Today, in an unprecedented move for a statewide candidate, Richard Irvin went up with his first paid TV ad of the campaign. The only problem? Irvin has still not met with voters, held a public event, or answered questions from the media.
In the ad, Irvin spreads the same lies he told in his announcement video, including the claim that as mayor, he called in the National Guard to Aurora. Only the governor can call in the National Guard and despite being fact-checked for this lie, he continues to repeat it on air. Clearly, Irvin and the rest of the Rauner Reboot slate think they can avoid accountability for their words as long as they can avoid talking to voters or reporters.
Richard Irvin would prefer to not answer basic questions like where he stands on a woman’s right to choose, who he voted for in the 2016 Democratic primary, if he thinks the 2020 election was stolen, or why he flip-flopped from saying Black Lives Matter to All Lives Matter. And why won’t Irvin or the slate answer simple questions? Because Ken Griffin won’t let them.
For Griffin and his Rauner Reboot slate, this election isn’t about solving the big challenges facing Illinois families. They just want to implement disastrous policies to take us backwards — and they aren’t interested in being held accountable by voters, reporters, or anyone else.
Today, Richard Irvin released his first TV ad despite not meeting with voters, holding a public event, or answering questions from the media in the week since declaring his candidacy.
You can track how long Radio Silent Richard has been hiding at this new site.
The ad features the same lies and hypocrisy Irvin has based his entire campaign on. He claims he called the National Guard to Aurora, even though he was called out for this lie before. Only the governor — who Irvin himself has praised numerous times — can call in the National Guard. And since the protests shown in the ad, Irvin has flip-flopped from saying Black Lives Matter to All Lives Matter.
Instead of speaking with Illinoisans about the challenges they face, Irvin is busy parroting big donor Ken Griffin’s agenda of dragging Illinois back to the failed policies of Bruce Rauner.
By dodging events and interviews, Irvin has avoided the tough questions like why he’s voted for Democrats in the past and where he stands on a woman’s right to choose.
“Richard Irvin doesn’t know where he stands — which is why his only strategy is to dodge questions or lie,” said DGA Senior Communications Advisor Christina Amestoy. “Once Illinoisans hear Irvin’s true intentions of a Rauner reboot, they’ll see the Griffin slate is more interested in undoing progress than moving forward.”
*** UPDATE 2 *** Gary Rabine…
“Pretend Republican candidate for Governor, Richard Irvin, continues the deception today as he rolls out his commercials claiming to be the law-and-order candidate. Let’s do a reality check. Irvin has spent the last twenty years representing criminals and doing his best to keep them out of jail. His clients aren’t just low-level criminals but rather the full range of bad guys from domestic violence offenders to murderers. The crime rates during his tenure as Mayor of Aurora, his support for defunding the police, sanctuary cities and BLM, tells us loud and clear that his approach to law and order is right out of the Kim Foxx - JB Pritzker woke playbook, where victims are an afterthought and justice is only served when the jails are empty.” “But it goes beyond helping criminals beat the rap. Last election, ‘Democrat-running-as-a-Republican-Irvin’ fully supported his criminal defense attorney law partner as she ran against a law-and-order Republican in Kane County. Yes, the guy seeking the nomination for Governor as a Republican fully and actively supported a far-left criminal defense lawyer over a law-and-order Republican. Don’t be fooled by the smoke-screen. Richard Irvin is a left-leaning Democrat and does not support the polices that will end the crime wave in Illinois. We do not need another Democrat as Illinois Governor.”
C+/B- Footage of the Aurora riots, even after the national guard comes in, doesn’t exactly scream “safety.” Running on his record on the crime issue could be risky given the numbers there (and in almost every Illinois city to be fair). Big step down from his personal story.
- Grandson of Man - Tuesday, Jan 25, 22 @ 7:47 am:
Holy right wing, Batman, who wrote this commercial, Todd Ricketts? 2020 called and wants its images back. The riots happened over a year ago. Irvin said he supported BLM last year, but now he’s “all lives matter.” Girl, please.
Didn’t expect this type of commercial and thought it would be much milder, and introductory. But, it’s the GOP primary and base.
As to OW point about the guard. I don’t think a mayor actually can call in the guard. Don’t the local authorities I guess mayor have to say a situation is so bad that they are unable to handle it so they go asking for help and someone helps them (Pritzger) do the job they are not able to do? So Pritzger save Irvin because Irvin incompetent
I think the Mayor has a long row to hoe. That said for a first ad not bad B
Don’t know that I’d put a lie in my first ad about the guard. Pretty sure Pritzker deployed them to every population center county during that time.
We know who this is appealing to, but it does break my heart to see the old gang back together ready to tear the state down again with advertising dollars. Guess we’re back into everything is terrible in Illinois mode.
Was the riot footage from Aurora or was was it from Chicago and/or other cities?
Why is that relevant? The ad speaks to what Irvin did however if the visuals don’t actually represent the reality on the ground in Aurora then do the claims of how effective he was have any credibility?
Ad is designed to change the message towards issues that he would control vs ones that Bailey or others might win on during a primary. It’s just enough of a general election message, but still soaking with all the red meat. I give it a C+
Agree with this comment sadly:
“Guess we’re back into everything is terrible in Illinois mode.”
I watched it first without sound. It starts with angry African Americans rioting and then someone who looks like an angry Jesse Jackson Jr. preaching. Non verbal messages matter. Not sure what people will “hear” with this one.
It’s a solid B. Feeds GOP primary voters the red meat they crave. (Jesse Sullivan has a similar ad running this morning in Chicago.)
This line of attack does not come without risk. It invites scrutiny of crime in Aurora under Irvin’s tenure. That was probably coming no matter what, but by portraying himself as Elliott Ness he’s really begging for it.
Red meat for the base that doesn’t want to think too hard.
1. Mayors can’t call in the guard
2. His police chief marched with the protestors earlier in the day and he expressed sympathy for the nonviolent protestors.
3. “Take back our state” The Ours/The Other dog whistle is strong and is sadly where this campaign is headed.
The part of “our state” I reside does not require Guard intervention for riot control.
What else you got?
- Grandson of Man - Tuesday, Jan 25, 22 @ 8:31 am:
The “tough on crime” posturing and showing 2020 riots is so hypocritical. The ILGOP opposed Trump’s impeachment over inciting a violent insurrection and trying to destroy democracy. Most Republican voters still support him. The ad is a dog whistle to the base. The guy just supported BLM. Thought it would have been a different type of ad. Thought Irvin might not have bought in that far.
The new Sullivan ad is on the same topic and it’s just a better ad, it looks like it’s designed to appeal to Republican primary voters, it’s not even clear from the Irvin ad that he’s running in the Republican primary. Sullivan’s buy isn’t as big as Irvin’s but it’s a real buy, and his spot is the more likely to move numbers of the two.
really doesn’t matter if its the Gov. who calls in the guard. Irvin is the face of the situation. honestly as someone who lives in the fox valley this ad isn’t really based in reality, Aurora did have some really bad nights in the summer of 2020. More could have been done to stop the senseless destruction. Help was only called in after the aggressors got their ya ya’s out.
with that being said. unless you live in downtown Aurora, you’ll probably just accept that Irvin was the hero that stopped the riots.
Change the word called to welcomed and it would be more accurate, but does the average voter know who can and can’t call in the guard? I give the ad an A. Might as well hit hard at the #1 issue right off the bat.
“After seeing the support Lightfoot received, mayors across Illinois made similar request as the unrest spread beyond the city limits. At least 17 people were arrested after a night of violence and vandalism in Aurora, where looters ransacked business and set fires across the downtown after peaceful protests earlier that day.
Police responded by shooting tear gas and rubber bullets into the crowd, which largely ignored the citywide curfew. The National Guard provided aerial support during unrest and remains on standby to provide further assistance, Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin said.“
Asking for help in an emergency is the act of a good mayor. Claiming credit for that help when running against the man who sent it is the act of an ingrate.
It’s also a message to the people he’ll have to work with as Governor. Bipartisan comity and productive governing will be rewarded with false credit-hogging and mendacious hyperbole. I guess that makes it a good ad for the Republican primary.
The ‘living in fear’ comments are interesting to me. Our friends who live in the City and suburbs, Dems and GOPers are all concerned about their safety for months and months now. They talk about it, they question why it’s happening and they are more careful out there. They will all I think react positively to this type of message.
Effective ad for the primary. No need to worry about the general just yet. This “Guard” quote is not an issue. He asked the Governor for troops like a bunch of mayors did. You’re losing if you want to get caught up in the nuance of “who” can call the Guard in.
I’d give it a B. I suppose the ad works on its desired audience. But if you believe that crime is the most pressing issue facing us you’re probably not voting for Pritzker to begin with. I hope that Irvin’s campaign isn’t as dark as his introduction.
But I have this lingering feeling that Irving’s campaign is no more about crime than Rauner’s was on “shakin things up.” What I really want to know is what Ken Griffin’s expectations and objectives will be if he is able to reinstall his chosen candidate. Something tells me that crime isn’t at the top of his list. Might not even be on the list.
Women will start to notice that his running mate is ignored. Seen but not heard or even mentioned. Just window dressing. Women make up a significant portion of the voting electorate, and this ad really ignores that fact. C-
- Back to the Future - Tuesday, Jan 25, 22 @ 9:17 am:
Probably a good Ad for the base he needs to get support from.
On the other hand, I may be old fashioned but I just don’t think it is appropriate for the term B.S to be used in a political ad. Takeout the B.S. and I would give the Ad a B+.
- Bruce( no not him) - Tuesday, Jan 25, 22 @ 9:22 am:
==They tried to burn his city down==
Wonder who he means by “they”?
“Women will start to notice that his running mate is ignored. Seen but not heard or even mentioned. Just window dressing.”
Meh, that goes both ways. Joe and JB aren’t exactly putting their running mates front and center on favorable issues. Kamala was given the border as a focal point which was a no-win situation from day 1.
And likely 95% of Illinoisians haven’t even heard of Richard Irvin to this point, so hard to critique him on not giving Avery Bourne her own 30 second ads in January when he needs to introduce himself to people.
Ad is a B+. It will play well with the base and not too controversial for the general.
Trying to set Irvin up as an action hero is hilarious. What’s he gonna do, arm wrestle Don Harmon?
That being said, being on the air at all is more important than what you say on the air, so what I’m really curious about is how long he stays on the air. $1.5M won’t let you do it for very long, but getting on the air at all might let you goose donations so you can do more ads.
My question is why they didn’t have this ad ready to go at launch.
==You’re losing if you want to get caught up in the nuance of “who” can call the Guard in. ==
There’s not much nuance to it, as seen in the DPI response. Irvin lied. He didn’t call up the NG because he can’t. But Governors can, and Pritzker did, and now you’re handing the issue to the other party.
=Women will start to notice that his running mate is ignored. Seen but not heard or even mentioned.==
Bourne will not stay “seen but not heard” forever.
Even when progressives like sara feigenholtz and margaret croke are calling for repealing some of the criminal justice legislation, you know this tough in crime is on target given the mood of the electorate.
I’ll give it a “B” because it fits in line with the mood of the electorate, in particular the primary electorate.
But the Governor might as well get an ad up on the air that says “when Richard Irvin lost control of the streets of Aurora, I ordered the national guard to go and support his police department” and call it a day.
This is a strong indiction of the campaign that Irvin will run I guess. It will be mostly video and social media so the “tough” questions like the contrast in his support for BLM and the “tough on protestors” image he wants to create dont get traction via verbal gaffes.
The more the media howls about answering questions the more the base loves it because they (the right) see the media is corrupt. All good for the base , but he will have a tough time expanding his base for a win in the general if this is his approach.
=We get it, you think Republicans are racist rubes. Spare us the righteous window dressing and just rate the ad for it’s effectiveness in the target audience.=
First, don’t boss me.
Second, why do you think the gop messaging is around race and culture? Because that is what their “rubes” (your word) want.
Solid B. Too many commenters are assessing it from the perspective of a Democratic and/or general election voter. Republican base voters are *still* very upset about the unrest that happened during summer of 2020 and they blame Democratic mayors for how this was handled and connect it to how they are handling rising violent crime. Irvin is distinguishing himself and showcasing his Republican bonafides. It’s red meat and better than Sullivan’s ad which doesn’t tell us anything about why he is qualified to address Chicago’s crime problem.
===You’re losing if you want to get caught up in the nuance of “who” can call the Guard in. ==
If Pritzker claimed he was Commander and Chief of the U.S. military would we consider that “nuance?” Because when it comes to the Guard that’s how this works. I think the better characterization is when Pritzker offered up the Guard Irvin didn’t stand in the way. Well, ok. Nothing wrong with that. But maybe not particularly noteworthy.
And it appeals to far more than the right wing base. In case you’ve not noticed, liberal Democrats like Ann Williams, Sara Feigenholtz, and others are now backing away from the criminal reform and Speaker Welch want to pass a new crime bill.
Why - its simple - its foremost on the minds of voters. This ad and theme hits Democrats in a vulnerable flank and for those that disagree, I’ll bet you we see a crime ad from JB.
“What’s the strategy here? Win the primary through the collars?
Yes, that is the strategy. Don’t get killed downstate and win through the collars, but I also disagree that the riots are a Chicagoland issue. There were riots in Champaign, Peoria and Decatur, Rockford the Quad cities and others. If you think downstate Republicans aren’t talking about urban violence and crime, then you are just not listening.
Give it a B+. Solid ad, though it’s just like Sullivan ad and says the quiet part out loud. When these people…..
White people know what these/those people mean.
It’s Darren Bailey taking PPP and raising taxes but “those” people getting SNAP benefits are ruining our state and bankrupting us. Having to keep raising taxes to take care of “those” people is unfair to hardworking men and women.
Subtle words are important and Irvin being black and saying those subtle words gives others permission to believe it, say it and not feel bad about it.
Some of these ad ratings are too low. Both this and the Sullivan ad show up in Rich’s media buys information as only airing on Fox News.
Therefore I would give.the Irvin ad an A for personalizing the candidate as being anti-Chicago/tough on rioters as a mayor and the Sullivan ad a B- because while it hits the same notes GOP primary voters want to heat the connection to Afghanistan is much more tenuous.
B fir primary. But there are some interesting threads for oppo teams. 1) Foia Irvin’s texts to Pritzker and other state officials. Did he ask to call Guard in? What other nuggets will we see? Compare and contrast to LL
2)Rabine comments - was Irvin in private practice? That didn’t feature in his bio … will be interesting to see what intrepid oppo folks find…