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|Mudslinging Continues at Latest Gubernatorial Debate
|There was a good deal of personal attacks at a debate Tuesday night in Chicago.
Five of the six Republican candidates vying for the primary nomination participated in the debates, sponsored by WTTW-TV. Absent was former Illinois Party Chairman Andy McKenna.
Just six minutes into the debate businessman and political newcomer Adam Andrzejewski and State Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) had an exchange over taxes with Andrzejewski claiming Brady, supported taxes by voting in favor of the capital plan but voting against the funding portion knowing it would pass anyway.
"He voted for spending increases...he voted for the $31 billion capital bill which was funded with sales taxes," Andrzejewski said before being cut off by Brady.
"I have not voted for a tax increase...you know as well as I do that I'm the only one here with a proven track record," Brady argued.
Another verbal exchange was between Brady and State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) about Dillard's time with former Gov. Jim Edgar's administration. He says Dillard can't balance the state budget because he didn't do so during his time as Edgar's chief of staff. Dillard says there was money in state coffers when he left.
On the issue of lifting the moratorium on the death penalty, all the candidates in the debate support the move except former Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan who says he wants to reduce the number of aggravating factors that can trigger capital punishment before lifting it. Brady was critical of Ryan's response saying a moratorium has nothing to do with "limiting the scope" of capital punishment. Political newcomer and former spokesman for the Town of Cicero Dan Proft, says while he would lift the moratorium he would look to have the law repealed. The debate lasted approximately 50 minutes.
(Illinois Radio Network)
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