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The fake news universe cranks up for Irvin

Wednesday, Jun 8, 2022 - Posted by Rich Miller

* Fox News’ Laura Ingraham last night

Now the only way things are gonna change in Illinois is a political tidal wave. Only someone as arrogant and delusional as Pritzker would think he deserves to be reelected, reelected in November. Well, our next guest aims to send him packing. Joining me now is Richard Irvin, Mayor of Aurora, Illinois, and GOP gubernatorial candidate. Mayor, great to see you. Now back in March, there was something described as a Scared Straight incident in a House Democratic Caucus. A poll was floated showing Pritzker was facing big suburban headwinds and even trailing you. And the poll also showed that crime was driving his push for change. It’s only gotten worse since then. Does any of this surprise you?

Um, that “poll” was taken in the most conservative areas of the suburbs, including Republican-held districts. It was designed to scare House Democrats into working harder by essentially pulling a fast one on them.

And as I told you months ago, crime was not the number one issue in that “poll”

The top item was not crime. The crime and violence issue was tied for 4th place with the price of gas and the cost of living, and 6th place if you look at those who were “extremely concerned,” similar to that Senate poll we talked about a while ago. The crime numbers were still very high, however. But, again, this poll was designed to frighten members, not to enlighten them about what’s actually going on in most of their districts.

* And then this all of a sudden appeared today at the Washington Free Beacon

Multibillionaire Democratic Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker and his allies are spending tens of millions of dollars to stop a black Republican veteran from challenging the incumbent in November.

In the last five weeks alone, Pritzker and the Democratic Governors Association (DGA) have dropped more than $12 million on TV ads meant to sink Republican Richard Irvin, an Army veteran who became Aurora, Ill.’s first black mayor in 2017—and to elevate his Republican primary opponent, state lawmaker Darren Bailey. Those ads attack Irvin’s record as a defense attorney and call Bailey “too conservative for Illinois,” an attack intended to boost him in the June GOP primary. With digital ads factored in, Democrats are on pace to spend a total of $32 million on similar spots before the primary’s conclusion, ad spending data obtained by the Washington Free Beacon show.

The massive spending shows just how much Pritzker fears a general election fight against Irvin, who was raised by a single mother in Aurora’s housing projects. The DGA started its anti-Irvin assault in March, just days after a Tulchin Research poll showed Pritzker trailing the Republican mayor in the state’s all-important suburbs.


…Adding… From comments…

The Drudge Report picked up the Washington Free Beacon story with the ridiculous headline, but that wasn’t over the top enough, apparently, and needed a photoshopped picture of Irvin with boxing gloves.



  1. - left of what - Wednesday, Jun 8, 22 @ 2:47 pm:

    Yeah, all around that was a really bad use of polling.

  2. - John Lopez - Wednesday, Jun 8, 22 @ 2:47 pm:

    Speaking of fake news, I just got Irvin’s campaign fake newspaper The Illinois Conservative that now goes after Bailey’s & Sullivan’s running mates.

    Irvin thinks voters are real fools given the content of this “newsprint”

  3. - AlfondoGonz - Wednesday, Jun 8, 22 @ 2:50 pm:

    During a campaign in which Richard Irvin has debased himself again and again, appearing on the Ingraham Angle may be his low.

  4. - Chris in ChiTown - Wednesday, Jun 8, 22 @ 3:00 pm:

    It seems that in order for a man who seems like a left leaning Democrat to become a right wing & pro-police Republican, he has to appear on Fox News & have a biased, propaganda website telling biased material promoting him. Notice how no one on Fox or Free Beacon wants to inform people about the Griffin money or how Griffin’s previous candidate [Rauner] hurt the state government’s financial standing (& almost causing a long term financial disaster).

  5. - Jibba - Wednesday, Jun 8, 22 @ 3:09 pm:

    ===Only someone as arrogant and delusional as Pritzker would think he deserves to be reelected===

    I’m guessing 54% of Illinoisans will be found to be arrogant and delusional come November.

  6. - Real - Wednesday, Jun 8, 22 @ 3:09 pm:

    That Washington beacon article sounds like a submission from Irvins campaign.

  7. - Northsider - Wednesday, Jun 8, 22 @ 3:09 pm:

    Garbage in, garbage out.

  8. - Norseman - Wednesday, Jun 8, 22 @ 3:11 pm:

    Another day in GOP fantasyland.

    JB is doing what a good candidate should be doing, working hard with everything he can. His ads are defining Irvin and Bailey as he wants.

  9. - AC - Wednesday, Jun 8, 22 @ 3:12 pm:

    I don’t think even think Dan Proft could dream up a headline like: “Dems Go All In To Defeat Black Veteran in GOP Gubernatorial Primary”

  10. - Chicago 20 - Wednesday, Jun 8, 22 @ 3:15 pm:

    - “ Irvin thinks voters are real fools given the content of this “newsprint”.
    Irvin isn’t on Fox News looking for the Intelligentsia votes.

  11. - Real - Wednesday, Jun 8, 22 @ 3:20 pm:

    “Dems Go All In To Defeat Black Veteran in GOP Gubernatorial Primary”


    The GOP way of pulling the race card.. yet Irvin has yet to visit any black communities or feature black people in any of his ad’s. So far the only other black person featured in an Irvin ad has been Baileys running mate.

  12. - Roadrager - Wednesday, Jun 8, 22 @ 3:46 pm:

    Aurora’s Pride Parade permit got revoked today. Irvin’s really pushing hard to out-Bailey Bailey and squeeze through the primary. Maybe he can post “Plandemic” on his social media accounts next.

    Again, this is all going to work out fantastically for him in the general. One race at a time.

  13. - Amalia - Wednesday, Jun 8, 22 @ 3:51 pm:

    can’t put my finger on it, but Irvin reminds me of a comedian whose name I cannot recall. it’s all blather and zero substance or clear line of thinking. Griffin funded performance art.

  14. - AC - Wednesday, Jun 8, 22 @ 3:52 pm:

    The Drudge Report picked up the Washington Free Beacon story with the ridiculous headline, but that wasn’t over the top enough, apparently, and needed a photoshopped picture of Irvin with boxing gloves.

  15. - Streator Curmudgeon - Wednesday, Jun 8, 22 @ 3:56 pm:

    I forget. If Bailey gets a Trump endorsement, does that make him good with Fox News or bad with them? Is Trump now mad at Fox or liking Fox?

    Well, Griffin’s money talks loudly in GOP quarters, hence the airtime on Ingraham.

    She left out the part about Irvin supporting his single mom by splitting rails.

  16. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jun 8, 22 @ 4:09 pm:

    If Z is going all “Proft”…

    It’s one thing to “create news”

    It’s another thing to fabricate facts and a newspaper to promote them.

    Maybe Z is more Brian Timpone than Dan Proft?

    I’m not angry, I’m just disappointed.

    I’m sure Z will lose sleep with my… disappointment.

  17. - JS Mill - Wednesday, Jun 8, 22 @ 4:12 pm:

    =Now the only way things are gonna change in Illinois is a political tidal wave.=

    So the GOP wants us to go back to the no budget and increasing debt ways of Rauner?

    And, if Team Griff is correct, when JB spends money to define Irv and Beetle he is afraid of Irv. So what does it mean when they spend money in ads attacking JB? I am sure that in their warped little brains it means something different.

  18. - AlfondoGonz - Wednesday, Jun 8, 22 @ 4:22 pm:


    One of the reason people of color almost universally reject the GOP is that folks like you think their vote is so fickle.

    I can’t imagine Irvin’s adds with folks in MAGA cosplay outfits where he assures rural folk “All Lives Matter” has endeared the mayor as a champion of minorities.

  19. - Streator Curmudgeon - Wednesday, Jun 8, 22 @ 5:05 pm:

    @ Amalia,

    The comedian. Could it be Norm Crosby? Slappy White? Or maybe Professor Irwin Corey? Most of them sound like Corey to me. He could talk for 10 minutes and say nothing.

  20. - G'Kar - Wednesday, Jun 8, 22 @ 8:22 pm:

    I’m just a bit befuddled–you go on Fox one day and the next day you cut your commercials for half the state voters and now talk about moving back towards the middle to appeal to the suburbs. It makes no sense to me.

  21. - crow04 - Wednesday, Jun 8, 22 @ 9:01 pm:

    - left of what - Wednesday, Jun 8, 22 @ 2:47 pm:

    Yeah, all around that was a really bad use of polling.

    thanks, now I have 538’s theme music stuck in my head

  22. - Elliott Ness - Thursday, Jun 9, 22 @ 8:14 am:

    the premise that Ingram was supporting is fact, JB adores not want to face Irvin, he wants Beetle in the battle

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