The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee made its initial foray Tuesday into a pair of competitive suburban congressional races, airing cable TV ads slamming seven-term veteran Republican Rep. Judy Biggert and freshman Rep. Robert Dold for various votes in Washington.
How much the Democratic organization spent wasn’t available Tuesday, but the two commercials represent the first of $3 million worth of television ads the DCCC said it has reserved for Chicago area in its bid to reclaim control of the GOP-held U.S. House.
“We have said from the beginning that the road for the majority goes through Illinois,” said DCCC Midwest press secretary Haley Morris.
In the North Shore 10th Congressional District, the Democrats dubbed Dold “just another Republican” who votes the party line. The ad accuses Dold of voting to “essentially end Medicare,” citing a vote last year in favor of a budget proposed by GOP vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan that would have overhauled the program into a system in which recipients choose private insurers.
Dold supports a version of Medicare reform that would leave a mix of private insurance and traditional Medicare. Dold spokesman John McGovern accused Democrats of “inaccurate attacks and scare tactics.” Dold is running against Democratic challenger Brad Schneider.
In the west and southwest suburban 11th Congressional District, the DCCC’s ad raises the same Medicare argument, criticizing her for “removing Medicare’s promise and increasing costs for us.” The spot also accuses Biggert of backing tax cuts for the wealthy because of a vote for the most recent House GOP budget that would reduce tax rates for high-income earners.
The new national Democratic ads started airing as Democratic challenger Bill Foster’s campaign said it launched its first TV spot in the 11th District. It’s an attack ad on Biggert that declares “after 30 years in politics, Biggert’s not on our side anymore.”
The ad opens with Foster standing in a suburban neighborhood, telling viewers that while Biggert was spending decades in politics, he was a scientist and businessman. Foster also served three years in Congress before losing in 2010, and now he’s trying to get back to Congress.
A narrator then accuses Biggert of “voting for tax breaks for millionaires like herself,” but fails to point out that Foster also is a millionaire. The Foster ad, too, invokes Medicare, saying Biggert voted for “seniors to pay more” for the health coverage.
“In a desperate attempt to return to Washington, and with no accomplishments to his name, former Congressman Bill Foster has instead presented gross distortions of Judy Biggert's votes and attacked her commitment to public service,” said Biggert campaign spokesman Gill Stevens.
Also on Tuesday, the National Education Association Fund for Children and Public Education released a television spot endorsing Biggert, touting her previous experience as a school board president in Hinsdale and her opposition of education spending cuts and the fact she was voted as one of the ten most bi-partisan members of Congress by her peers.
The NEA Fund’s expenditure was for $546,000 in the television and online advertising, according to a filing with the FEC.
Foster’s campaign countered the NEA ad by highlighting that the former congressman has been endorsed by the Illinois Federation of Teachers and American Federation of Teachers.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times