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|Campaign Ad Blasts Opponent
|A Republican candidate for governor is rolling out statewide TV ads that point out the misdoings of one of his opponents.
State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) has launched ads that highlights what he says is Andy McKenna's record on ethics and compares the Republican businessman to ex.-Gov. Rod Blagojevich. At one point in the ad a picture of McKenna morphs into Blagojevich, with the announcer asking, "sound familiar?"
"I am happy to engage in debate about our records but I doubt Andy McKenna is," Dillard said at an event launching the new ad.
When asked by one reporter if the ads were "a nasty negative campaign," words used in the ad to describe McKenna's campaign, State Sen. Chris Lauzen (R-Aurora) defended the ads. "Those of us in the grass roots, in the field, who support Sen. Dillard’s outstanding public career, we want him to step forward," Lauzen said.
Asked if the ad was meant to draw McKenna out into a public forum, Dillard said if McKenna is obviously afraid to come out and talk before the people, having missed several public debates. Dillard believes if that's how McKenna operates, how will he be able to he stand up to Democrats and Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley?
The ad is a direct response to a McKenna ad that begins, "What were they thinking," and goes on to talk about several candidates and their actions, including Dillard, accusing him of endorsing then-Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. Dillard says he never endorsed Obama, but says he was happy to work with him on ethics legislation.
(Illinois Radio Network)
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