Looks like the 2014 GOP gubernatorial campaign has commenced. A group called the Jobs & Progress Fund launched the first salvo with an ad (below) aimed at Congressman Aaron Schock claiming he voted to raise taxes and spending.
Schock's team fired back via Facebook over the weekend (see below), accusing Bruce Rauner, another 2014 gubernatorial hopeful, of being behind the ad. They also dispatched the congressman's attorney to challenge its airing and demand the ad be pulled.
When asked for a follow up, Schock's office simply directed us to a days old response, perhaps signalling their resolution to the fact that the video will continue to air.
FROM CONGRESSMAN AARON SCHOCK'S FACEBOOK PAGE
Dear Schock Supporters,
By now most of you have heard or seen a negative ad on radio or television attacking Aaron Schock by falsely accusing him of voting to raise taxes and spending.
This blatantly false ad portrays the opposite of Congressman Schock’s strong record, which is founded on the principles of economic growth and deficit reduction.
The ad is from a previously unheard of out-of-state organization (Jobs & Progress Fund) that does not disclose who is funding it.
This is all about the possibility of Aaron running for Governor in Illinois next year and that any opponent fears facing him more than any other candidate in an election--in this case, the Republican primary for Governor in March of next year.
One candidate is Bruce Rauner from Chicago. He is a billionaire financier. He has never been elected to any office. In recent years as he began to position himself to run for Governor as a Republican. Rauner has donated to many Republican candidates. However, Rauner has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Democrats, including hundreds of thousands of dollars to Rich Daley and Rahm Emanuel in their races for mayor of Chicago. Rauner is frequently commented on in media stories as an “advisor” to Rahm Emanuel who has “unchecked access” to the mayor’s office.
One group that Rauner helped to create and lead gave a single $100,000 contribution to Democrat State Representative Jehan Gordon in 2010. Rauner and his wife have made major donations to: the Democratic National Committee (DNC), the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), Emily’s List, Senator Dick Durbin, Barack Obama for U.S. Senate, John Kerry for President, Tammy Duckworth for Congress and one of the harshest left-wing members of Congress—Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, among others.
These anti-Schock TV and radio ads are the OPPOSITE of the truth.
Specifically, they misrepresent Aaron Schock’s vote. Aaron Schock voted to cut taxes by $3.92 trillion over 10 years AND PERMANENTLY extended the middle-class tax relief that originated under President Bush in 2001.
As Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform said, Aaron Schock did not violate his pledge not to raise taxes with the vote on the fiscal cliff. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation both officially scored the bill as a $3.9 trillion dollar tax cut.
Additionally, Congressman Aaron Schock voted against President Obama's Stimulus bill and major spending initiatives. He has very conservative scores for his voting record on issues across-the-board from nearly all major organizations that rank Congressional voting records.
For these reasons, Congressman Aaron Schock is taking immediate legal action to have the ad pulled because it is absolutely false. Already two stations have responded and pulled the air from their airwaves because it is untrue.
Some of you have contacted us to ask what you can do to support Aaron Schock in the face of these hundreds of thousands of dollars in negative attack ads that are completely untrue. You can let everyone you know the real facts of the matter here and that is part of a scorched Earth strategy by one candidate for the Republican nomination for Governor. Another option, if you so choose, you may make your own views on this more widely known by commenting on blogs about this or writing a letter to the editor of your newspaper.
Please help us shine a light on motives behind these ads, and the fact that they are 100 percent untrue. Aaron Schock is not above criticism based on fact and actuality. This is a deceitful, invalid and erroneous attack by a newly created out of state organization that operates in the shadows.
Thank you for your continued strong support of Congressman Aaron Schock.
Steven Shearer, Chief of Staff Congressman Aaron Schock