Reason #20 to Vote Out Hare

On November 1, 2010, in 20 Reasons To Vote Against Hare, by edwardpan

Reason #20: Phil Hare and the
Democratic Congress led this
country down the wrong path.

The Bobby Schilling for Congress campaign unveiled the 20th and final reason in their “20 Reasons to Vote Out Phil Hare” series. The series focuses on Phil Hare’s record and explains why he does not deserve re-election.

Reason #20 to Vote Phil Hare Out of Office: Phil Hare and the Democratic Congress have led this country down the wrong path.

The same politicians that got our country into this mess are now promising to get us out.

Since Congressman Hare took office, Democrats have controlled both the House and Senate. During this time, unemployment rates have doubled, $5 trillion has been added to the national debt, and we’ve had record setting deficits upwards of $1,416,000,000,000. We must make a change.

Phil Hare voted for the $787 billion stimulus package that failed to hold unemployment under 8% as promised. Instead, unemployment hit 10.1%, 2.7 million jobs were lost, thousands of jobs were sent overseas and tens of millions of dollars were wasted on advertising and payments made out to the deceased.We must make a change.

Phil Hare supported the government takeover of our health care system that will cut $500,000,000,000 from Medicare, cost 1.6 million jobs and pave the way for employers to drop health insurance coverage.We must make a change.

Phil Hare voted for the Cap and Trade National Energy Tax which would add a tax of $1,700 on american families and kill 2.5 million jobs. We cannot give Phil Hare another opportunity to support this job-robbing legislation.We must make a change.

Rather than making a budget or working to provide Americans with certainty due to the expiring tax cuts, Phil Hare cast the deciding vote to take a recess, neglecting his duties as a member of Congress.We must make a change.

Rather than defending his voting record and running a positive campaign, Phil Hare resorted to false attacks and outright lies. He lied about receiving an endorsement from an agricultural group, approved a malicious ad that falsely accused Bobby Schilling of not paying his income taxes, and tried to fool the people of Illinois into believing that Schilling’s small business in Moline was somehow shipping jobs overseas.We must make a change.

Bobby Frederick, communications director for the Bobby Schilling campaign, said that the time for Americans to voice their opinion on the direction of this country is just hours away.

“After almost two years, 265,000 miles driven, and thousands of conversations with Illinois families, Bobby Schilling is ready to serve. As a small business owner with a labor background, Bobby has experience in putting people back to work. He has balanced a budget, committed to not raise taxes, and will attack the wasteful spending of Washington. If you are tired of the same stale politics of yesteryear, want someone who leads by example and can get our economy moving again, Bobby Schilling would appreciate your vote. On November 2, 2010, we must make a change and Bobby Schilling is the right person to deliver our voices to Washington.”

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Reason #15 to Vote Out Hare

On October 27, 2010, in 20 Reasons To Vote Against Hare, by edwardpan

Reason #15: Phil Hare voted for the government
takeover of healthcare.

The Bobby Schilling for Congress campaign unveiled the 15th reason in their “20 Reasons to Vote Out Phil Hare” series. The series focuses on Phil Hare’s record and explains why he does not deserve re-election. The campaign will release one reason per day up until the election.

Reason #15 to Vote Phil Hare Out of Office: Phil Hare voted for the government takeover of healthcare.

This past March, the Democrat-controlled Congress passed one of the worst bait-and-switches in American history. They promised health insurance for everyone, lower costs, and complete transparency. Instead, they rammed through a bill with major tax increases, more job losses, back room deals, cuts in Medicare, and increased healthcare costs across the board.

Despite previous assertions to the contrary, President Obama recently said, “We didn’t think we were going to cover 30 million people for free.” That much is clear, as this enormous bill is set to cost $2.5 trillion over ten years.

The new bill adds more than $475 billion in new taxes to the tax code, including:

An individual mandate tax that forces small businesses to pay for their employees’ healthcare plans or pay a fee.
A ”1099″ tax requiring all small businesses to report any expenditures more than $600.
A “medical devices” tax that will raise healthcare costs for seniors, veterans and the disabled.
A 5% tax on cosmetic surgeries with no exception for trauma or disfiguring diseases.
A 10% tanning tax. 

According to the National Federation of Independent Business, the healthcare bill will cost 1.6 million jobs by 2014. 

In addition to raising taxes, the bill cut more than half a trillion dollars from Medicare benefits for seniors. More than 105,000 seniors in Illinois will no longer have Medicare Advantage. The average cut per beneficiary will be $3,100.

Recent reports have also indicated that healthcare costs are still increasing. More than 23 million people will still be uninsured by 2019.

The bill is so bad that the senior congressional staff who helped write the law exempted themselves from having to comply with its privisions.

Bobby Frederick, communications director for Bobby Schilling for Congress, said that the health care bill is just another in a long line of examples of Washington Democrats thinking they know better than the people they represent.

“The majority of Americans and people in Illinois disagreed with this approach to health care reform, yet Democrats rammed it through anyway,” said Frederick. “Passing legislation that pushes new taxes, kills job growth and cuts a half trillion dollars from Medicare for our seniors is no way to run a country. Illinois needs a change and this Democrat Congress has proved it is blind to the will of the people. If you want change, vote for Bobby Schilling on November 2nd.”

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Reason #8 to Vote Out Hare

On October 20, 2010, in 20 Reasons To Vote Against Hare, by edwardpan

Reason #8: Phil Hare’s campaign is
based on falsehoods.

The Bobby Schilling for Congress campaign unveiled the eighth reason in their “20 Reasons to Vote Out Phil Hare” series. The series focuses on Phil Hare’s record and explains why he does not deserve re-election. The campaign will release one reason per day up until the election.

Reason #8 to Vote Phil Hare Out of Office: Phil Hare’s campaign is based on falsehoods.

In a desperate attempt to avoid discussing his failed record, Phil Hare has focused his campaign’s message on attacking Bobby Schilling. He has released several advertisements that flat out lie about Schilling.

Four lies frequently told by Phil Hare:

Lie #1: Phil Hare says: “Schilling signed a pledge to protect tax breaks for corporations that send our jobs overseas.”

This is blatantly false. The Hare campaign cites the pledge Bobby Schilling signed with Americans for Tax Reform promising to oppose any tax increases. FactCheck.org and the AP have already debunked this claim. Nevertheless, Hare continues to tell known falsehoods hoping to mislead voters.

Lie #2: Phil Hare says: “Schilling will raise payroll taxes on Medicare and Social Security.”

While the Hare campaign misuses the Americans for Tax Reform pledge in Lie #1, they conveniently ignore it in Lie #2. Schilling signed the pledge for a reason: he doesn’t support any type of tax increase — including a tax increase on Medicare or Social Security.

Phil Hare again demonstrates his fluency in hypocrisy: he actually supports raising the cap on Social Security and Medicare taxes by 65%.

Lie #3: While on the campaign trail, Phil Hare has claimed Schilling supports privatizing Social Security and raising the retirement age.

Nothing could be further from the truth. According to Schilling’s issues section at his website: “I do not believe in privatizing Social Security, and I do not believe in raising the retirement age.”

Lie #4: Phil Hare says: “Schilling did not pay his taxes.”

Schilling released the following statement on October 8th, debunking this outrageous claim:

“I have always paid my taxes. Hare’s gross distortion of two outstanding business franchise filing fees with the Secretary of State’s Office from over 10 years ago reeks of desperation. Upon learning of the filings from the Secretary of State’s Office I immediately instructed my accountant to remedy the situation, and the filing fees for my business were properly handled in a timely manner. This issue has long ago been resolved, and my family and I are very proud of our restaurant business and the excellent reputation we have built with our friends and neighbors throughout Rock Island County.”

In short, the IRS was never involved, and the slanderous claim is blatantly false.

Communications director Bobby Frederick said that Americans deserve better than the misleading and desperate tactics of Congressman Phil Hare.

“Phil Hare’s dishonest tactics are exactly why Americans are sick and tired of politics,” Frederick said. “He needs to be taken to task every time he tells one of these tall tales on the campaign trail. When you are down in the polls and afraid to run on your record, the only thing left to do is deceive, and that is exactly what we are seeing from Phil Hare. Bobby Schilling’s campaign is focused on the issues that face our country, and I believe the people of Illinois will make that distinction on Election Day.”

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Bobby’s Op-Ed on Earmarks

On October 17, 2010, in General, by edwardpan

Check out Bobby’s op-ed on earmarks in the Quad Cities Online, or read it below.

This week our campaign released a television ad titled “Hare Was Here.” It is a 30-second clip showing the economic devastation our area has faced since Phil Hare came to office. Since Hare first tasted power in Washington, he has added $5 trillion to our national debt and doubled unemployment. Illinois ranks a miserable 48th out of 50 in job creation, and Hare continues to peddle the lie that our economy is on the right track as long as we continue spending more of your hard-earned money.

Congress’ out-of-control spending is the problem, not the solution. We need earmark reform that improves transparency, roots out corruption and eliminates wasteful spending. My opponent never met an earmark he didn’t like.

Lawmakers have gone to federal prison for abusing the earmark process and it is about time we cleaned up Washington. It was reported that a disgraced Washington earmark lobbyist for the PMA Group named Paul Magliocchetti, who gave hundreds of dollars in campaign contributions to Hare, pled guilty in federal court last month. Magliocchetti could face up to 15 years for funneling $386,000 in corporate campaign contributions to lawmakers over the last six years. What’s worse is that Hare secured $6.8 million worth of earmarks for Magliocchetti’s clients when people here in Illinois were losing jobs.

The U.S. economy lost 95,000 jobs last month, Illinois’ unemployment is at 10.1 percent, and our national debt is growing beyond $13.6 trillion. Hare was too busy trying to secure earmarks and working to save his job to pass a budget or even fight to extend the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts for the middle class. Hare lost the will to govern a long time ago, but he hasn’t lost his appetite for out-of-control spending.

When I challenged Hare on his comment that “we’ve got job growth, we’re headed in the right direction” to the Quincy Herald-Whig, Hare responded by bragging about bringing home new projects.

It doesn’t matter that the process is corrupt and broken and that we owe nearly $900 billion to the Chinese. By Hare’s logic we would be continuing down the right path if unemployment and our national debt doubled again so long as Hare is able to double spending on earmarks and keep his own job. Sending American jobs and debt to China is the wrong answer.

There is a reason Hare said this summer that he wants to debunk the myth that this country is in debt – it’s because he is addicted to spending.

There is a reason Hare refuses to sign a pledge not to raise your taxes — it’s because he is reliant on raising taxes on middle class families to feed his insatiable spending appetite.

There is a reason Hare received some of the lowest scores in Congress from groups like Citizens Against Government Waste, the Club for Growth, the National Taxpayers Union and Americans for Tax Reform.

Hare proudly says, “if it’s pork, give me a fork!” That’s not responsible government. It’s the mentality of a career politician who has been corrupted by Washington and has become detached from ordinary Americans. We need to address our economic crisis with lower taxes, less spending, limited government, and more transparency.

That is why I oppose the “move-margins-at-midnight-mentality” in Washington, where there’s a mad dash to write each congressman’s pet project into a big appropriations bill. Earmark reform that forces lawmakers to be more transparent is critical to weeding out corruption and waste. Programs should only pass if they have merit and can stand on their own. If an earmark is a good project, it will pass. If it’s for swamp mice in California, it won’t.

Hare wants to return to Washington with a fork to get more pork. I’ll go to Washington with a shovel to start digging families out of debt and focus on jobs and growing this economy. I will always fight for Illinois, the taxpayer and our local communities, but I will also advocate for new reforms to the spending process in Washington so that it works for ordinary people again.

I am running for Congress for Illinois families who don’t have a lobbyist in the Capitol or a loophole in the law. Lets get back to work and take our country back.

Bobby Schilling of Colona is the GOP candidate for Congress in the 17th Congressional District.

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Reason #4 to Vote Out Hare

On October 16, 2010, in 20 Reasons To Vote Against Hare, by edwardpan

Reason #4: Phil Hare wants to
raise your taxes.

The Bobby Schilling for Congress campaign unveiled the fourth reason in their “20 Reasons to Vote Out Phil Hare” series. The series focuses on Phil Hare’s record and explain why he does not deserve re-election. The campaign will release one reason per day up until the election.

Reason #4 to Vote Phil Hare Out of Office: Phil Hare wants to raise your taxes. In fact, Hare has supported all kinds of tax increases in his short tenure in office, including:

A number of new taxes in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act featuring:

a $20 billion, 2.3 percent “medical devices” tax that will increase costs for seniors, veterans, and the disabled.
a $2 billion “1099″ tax. This paperwork nightmare requires companies, small businesses, and farmers to file a 1099 tax for any expenditure more than $600.
The individual mandate carries a fine of $695 for those who do not purchase health insurance.
a new 5% tax on cosmetic surgeries, with no exception for trauma or disfiguring diseases.
a new 10% tanning tax.

A new energy tax in the Cap and Trade bill that will raise energy costs across the board and send 2.5 million jobs overseas.

By voting to adjourn and ducking the issue, a $3.8 trillion tax increase on all income brackets could be on the way. Congress failed to address extending the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, instead choosing to leave early and campaign for re-election. Phil Hare cast the deciding vote to adjourn without extending the tax cuts or even passing a budget for 2011.

Phil Hare has received a 0/100 rating from Americans for Tax Reform, a 2/100 rating from the National Taxpayers Union, and a 4/100 rating from Citizens Against Government Waste. He also received an “F” grade from the National Tax-Limitation Committee.

In comparison, Bobby Schilling received a 100/100 rating from Americans for Tax Reform and an “A” grade from the National Tax-Limitation Committee. The “A” grade earned him an “Honorary Tax Fighter Award.”

Communications Director Bobby Frederick said voters have a clear choice on taxes.

“When it comes to raising your taxes, the difference between Bobby Schilling and Phil Hare is night and day,” Frederick said. “Bobby has signed a pledge to oppose any and all tax increases, while Phil Hare has a proven record of taxing every facet of our daily lives.”

Frederick said voters are tired of the failed policies of the last four years.

“The people have had enough of Hare’s reckless tax and spend policies that have doubled the unemployment rate and increased the national debt by $5 trillion,” Frederick said.” We need to keep taxes low, encourage growth in the private sector, and usher in a new era of fiscal responsibility. Bobby Schilling is the right candidate to achieve this goal.”

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Reason #1: Under Phil Hare’s
watch, Illinois ranks 48th out
of 50 in job creation.

With just 20 days until Election Day, the Bobby Schilling for Congress campaign announced the unveiling of the top twenty reasons why Phil Hare does not deserve re-election. One reason will be released each day leading up to the election.

Reason #1 to vote Phil Hare Out of office: According to the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) 2010 Rich States, Poor States report, Illinois ranks 48th out of 50 states in job creation. On page 97 of the report, ALEC displays disturbing trends such as migration away from the state (637,979 people went elsewhere from 1999-2008) and progressively higher taxation. This same report ranks Illinois among the bottom five states in the country when it comes to future economic outlook.

Communications Director Bobby Frederick said it’s clear the economy is not headed in the “right direction.”

“Phil Hare believes that a 10.1% unemployment rate means we’re ‘headed in the right direction,’” Frederick said. “He should tell that to the thousands of Illinois families that have been hammered by his failed policies. Hare’s voting record on jobs and taxes has been the equivalent of hanging a ‘Closed for Business’ sign around our country and state. After voting for a failed stimulus that sent jobs to China, a national energy tax which would ship another 2.5 million jobs overseas, and a huge tax increase packaged as ‘healthcare reform’ that will cost 1.6 million jobs by 2014, Illinois has become an even less friendly place to do business, and Illinois families are suffering because of it.”

Frederick also highlighted the recent September jobs report.

“After a non-existent ‘Recovery Summer’ and four straight months of job loss, including another 95,000 jobs lost in September, it’s clear that out-of-control tax and spend policies do not create jobs,” Frederick said. “We simply cannot afford another two years of Phil Hare’s failed policies and out of touch voting record. We need a fresh start.”

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Meet Bobby Schilling

On October 7, 2010, in General, by edwardpan

Please tell us what you think of Bobby’s first campaign ad and consider contributing to the campaign to help keep it on the air. We can win this race and put IL-17 back in the GOP column. We’ve got the supporters, the polling, the momentum, and message. Now all we need is the money to stay up on TV. Please help however you can by clicking here.

Polling:

A recent poll by Public Opinion Strategies of 400 likely voters, conducted on September 26 and 27, with a margin of error of 4.9 percent shows Schilling and Hare tied at 37-38 percent. Schilling leads Hare by 18 points among voters who have heard of both candidates, and by 29 points among voters who have an opinion of both candidates.

Pollster Glen Bolger said of this poll “Incumbent Phil Hare has real problems with the electorate in this district. Voters are upset at the direction of the country. Hare’s image is underwhelming. Incumbents at 38% on the ballot test don’t win unless they are successful at burning down their opponent.”

Fundraising:

Thanks to the best volunteers and supporters anyone could ask for since June 30, Bobby has raised about $375,000 in the last quarter. However, we need to continue our fundraising efforts to finish strong and fight back against Phil Hare’s negative attacks and misleading TV ads.

These campaign funds will be spent on showing voters the choice they have between Bobby Schilling, a successful small businessman who will be a check and balance to Democrats in power and Phil Hare, an incumbent Washington politician who voted for the Wall Street Bailout, the government take-over of health care, and job-killing National Energy Tax.

Campaign Statement:

“The Schilling for Congress campaign is excited about the direction of this campaign and the momentum we are gaining on issues: cutting taxes, lowering spending, and limiting government. Hare is clearly detached from average Americans and he can’t run on his failed liberal record.”

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Bobby Schilling wrote the following op-ed for the Quad Cities Online.

Phil Hare has voted with Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s liberal agenda an astounding 98.8 percent of the time and his blind support for the government take-over of health care was no exception. Hare can’t run from his record of constantly taking away individual and state rights to further expand a massive and growing federal government.

Bragging that he “helped craft this legislation from the very beginning” and that it was “the big win that ordinary people get,” Hare still fails to comprehend the public’s disdain for both the politics and procedure used to shove this legislation down our throats. Hare refuses to acknowledge the harsh realities of what this legislation will do to our country: raise taxes, increase our job-killing federal debt, and cut $500 billion from the Medicare system.

When Congress should have focused on fixing the economy and getting people back to work, Hare was instead operating behind closed doors piling endless layers of government bureaucracy into a 2,500 page bill that the American people opposed. And even though the Joint Economic Committee analysis shows ObamaCare created at least 159 new bureaucratic entities; 47 new agencies, boards, and commissions; 29 new demonstration and pilot programs; and six new regulatory systems and compliance standards, the Nancy Pelosis and Phil Hares in Congress still aren’t satisfied.

They demand more government control no matter the costs, no exceptions.

A Hudson Institute Fellow recently highlighted the negative impact of ObamaCare on jobs writing in the Washington Examiner that “Many businesses across America would applaud repealing the new health care law, freeing them of the upcoming requirement to pay $2,000 per worker per year beginning in 2014… Since the rule applies only to businesses of more than 50 workers, every 50-person business is trying to figure out how not to hire any more workers, and every 55-person business is trying to figure out how to lay off five workers.” The only jobs the bill creates are the 16,500 new IRS agents needed to collect the law’s $570 billion in projected penalties over the next decade. It’s a job killer and a debt driver.

The Democrats even slashed Medicare benefits by $500 billion to help fund the legislation, similar to the way Hare voted to raid the Social Security trust fund to pay for the state bailout fund last month. Unfortunately, Hare has already proven that he is willing to break the promises we made to our seniors if it means he gets the chance to write new government programs into law.

Hare claims costs will go down and coverage will be more affordable. However, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services now estimates that the new law increases health care spending by 6.3 percent each year. Premiums and prices are increasing, in some cases by up to 20 percent. To add insult to injury, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that in the individual market premiums will increase 27 to 30 percent.

While most Democrats across the country are distancing themselves from ObamaCare, and even proposing state waivers from its destructive mandates, Hare makes no apology for his desire to move even further left by imposing a massive “public option” to the new law. Hare’s liberal proposal would mean an even greater surrender to the federal government and total destruction of the private insurance market in America.

Hare and his allies will try to cast me as an uncompassionate critic of ObamaCare. However, I want to be clear in stating that I’m not anti-health care. I’m not opposed to ensuring we provide an adequate safety net for the people who can’t help themselves, such as children and individuals with pre-existing conditions. The health care system was never perfect, and serious reforms are needed.

But the first step is for Congress to repeal the harmful provisions in the bill and replace them with patient-centered and market-based reforms that encourage job creation, bend the cost curve down, increase access to quality medical care, and improve medical outcomes without damaging our economy or stealing Medicare from our seniors. One thing is for certain: expanding government is not the right answer, as Pelosi and Hare believe, during these difficult economic times.

Bobby Schilling of Colona is the GOP candidate for Congress in the 17th Congressional District.

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ICYMI: CNN Reports on Bobby

On September 30, 2010, in General, by edwardpan

In case you missed it, the news story below about small business owners like Bobby Schilling running for Congress was published at www.CNNMoney.com. Bobby is quoted towards the bottom.

Small business for Congress!

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — A lot of people are mad as hell at Washington right now. The recession is officially over, but it doesn’t feel over.

That anger could bring a sea change to Washington in November, come midterm Congressional elections. A number of small business owners are running for office for the first time on the back of that anti-Washington sentiment: They want Uncle Sam to get out of the way.

“Small business people are frustrated. They don’t feel like Congress, specifically, and the government, generally, gets what they need, especially in a difficult economy,” said Jennifer Duffy, senior editor for The Cook Political Report, a non-partisan newsletter that analyzes elections.

Small business owners largely want less regulation and lower taxes, which they say can help them create jobs. And many voters like what small business owner candidates have to say. The message is really “resonating for the obvious reason that unemployment is high and people are feeling insecure,” said Duffy.

The National Federation of Independent Businesses, a small business advocacy organization, interviews new Congressional candidates to determine whether to endorse them as small business-friendly or not. Of the 200-plus candidates NFIB has interviewed this year, more than half have had small business experience.

Of course, being a friend of small business is popular right now and a lot of candidates this year are promoting themselves as small business people, even if they aren’t currently running a shop or have been working in politics for years. While it’s messy to try to tally the exact number, some candidates are attempting to make the jump straight from Main Street to Capitol Hill.

Small business = jobs: Small businesses are credited with creating two-thirds of all new jobs in this country in the last 15 years, according to government estimates. With the unemployment rate stuck near 10%, a recovery on Main Street is seen as a key component to any recovery in the job market. And small business politicians think that knowing how to generate jobs can give them an advantage with voters…

Push for smaller government: Republicans have been campaigning for smaller government as a reaction to the current administration’s policies, targeting such hot-button issues as health-care reform, financial regulation, and the possible expiration of the Bush-era tax cuts.

Small business owners often are seen as leaders in the fight against big government.

“When Democrats surge, there tend to be more women candidates, and when Republicans surge, there tend to be more small business owner candidates,” said David Wasserman, House Editor for The Cook Political Report, in an e-mail.

One is Bobby Schilling in Moline, Ill. With his wife, Christie, he has owned Saint Giuseppe’s Heavenly Pizza, a shop that employs 8 people, for almost 14 years. Schilling has never run for office before, but he is the Republican candidate for a House seat in Illinois.

One of Schilling’s goals is to make economic conditions more business-friendly. For example, he would like to lower the corporate tax rate to foster domestic business and attract foreign investors.

Schilling also is cautious about deficit spending. As a small business owner, “you understand Economics 101,” said Schilling. “When the business is out of money, you have to be very careful about how you spend.”

Schilling says politicians today aren’t doing what is good for the country, and feels a sense of urgency to run. “I have been forced to… set my small business aside” he said. “I can bring something to the table that is missing.”

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Waves Work Themselves Down the Ballot

On September 23, 2010, in General, by edwardpan

It appears that Phil Hare might have more problems than just his 98.8% voting record with Nancy Pelosi and his party’s poor record on the economy and jobs. Hare also has to compete against forces he can’t control: the top of the ticket in Illinois where Republicans are winning handily.

Today in CQ-Politics Stu Rothenberg, a national political handicapper, said that “waves seem to work themselves down the ballot” and that means more good news for Bobby Schilling in IL-17. Rothenberg says:

“Voters in the state, certainly fatigued from the bizarre drama surrounding former Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich and angry about the economy, seem prepared to elect Republican Bill Brady over the sitting governor, Democrat Pat Quinn, who succeeded the discredited Blagojevich when he was impeached in 2009. Brady has been leading Quinn in polling since the February primary, and voters seem to have lost patience with the state’s Democrats. Reps. Bill Foster and Phil Hare find themselves barely hanging on as a result of the Republican Party’s strong Senate and gubernatorial candidates in the Land of Lincoln.”

The Politico also reported today that Democrats are fretting over their weak Midwest bids. They write:

“Democrats are increasingly concerned about the weakness of their statewide tickets across the heartland — and its potential effect on House candidates… One vulnerable Midwestern House Democrat, speaking on condition of anonymity, acknowledged that weak Democratic top-of-the-ticket performance could spell trouble for his own reelection bid. ‘I’d be lying if I [said I] wasn’t concerned about it,’ the Democrat said. ‘I am.’… For many House Democrats, the answer to the problem is in getting some separation from the rest of the ticket. Privately, Democratic strategists don’t expect many of the candidates in Ohio, Illinois or Iowa to campaign with their Senate or gubernatorial candidates now until Election Day.”

This race is getting even more interesting as Phil Hare has been forced to run a more negative campaign. Voters want to see results and Hare doesn’t have any new ideas or favorable accomplishments to highlight. That’s why Bobby Schilling is gaining momentum — he is an outsider whose campaign is based on issues like lessening the tax burden on middle class families with JFK and Reagan style tax-cuts, cutting out-of-control spending, promoting market-based solutions to health care, and getting our economy back on track to encourage job creation.

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