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|Schilling Announces Run for Former Congressional Seat
|The 17th District Congressional race has a third candidate vying for the office after an afternoon announcement at Standish Park in Galesburg.
Republican Bobby Schilling said he would run again for the seat - currently held by incumbent Democrat Cheri Bustos.
At the gathering of a few dozen, Schilling said that the incumbent's lack of voting for a budget prompted him to run for the seat again. Schilling held the office for one term before losing to Bustos in the 2012 General Election.
In his talk, he said that the government doesn't discuss the price of milk, bread, and gasoline.
"Every time I go to the grocery store with my wife, it's amazing because things are going through the roof," says Schilling. "We can talk about unemployment - which is a huge factor in why our country is headed in the wrong direction because of the regulations and all of the things that are destroying jobs for hard-working Americans - but the fact of the matter today is that our dollar isn't as strong as it used to be."
Schilling says he has a program set up for "targeted employment areas" - which would put its focus on regions with unemployment 1.5-times the national average. He says more specifics will be rolling out for his jobs program in the near future.
In his address to the gathering in Downtown Galesburg, Schilling decried Bustos' campaign rhetoric and voting record, at one point calling her a "Nancy Pelosi clone."
"Our member of Congress voted no on all four of the Democratic budgets and both of the Republican budgets," says Schilling. "One of the most important jobs as a member of Congress is to go there and take those tough votes. Though six budgets went through, you could've found one that was somewhat in line, that could've moved things forward."
Schilling said that while he was in Congress, he held town halls and visited each weekend with members of the 17th District and plans to continue that trend if elected again.
|07 08 13 by Newsroom
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