AURORA - Among the candidates vying for the Republican nomination in the 11th U.S. Congressional District, small business owner and radio talk show host Ian Bayne raised a curious question sent to news outlets Wednesday. Bayne, who has been struggling to raise campaign contributions, said he's the "only Republican to have public opinions on issues" in the race.
"We have a real serious problem in this country when people can ask for votes but not tell the public where they stand on basic issues of running government," said Bayne. He said neither of his opponents have issues position statements or issues sections on their websites - where the average voter can find out more about the candidates.
One of the 11th CD candidates, Grundy County Board member Chris Balkema, does not have an issue section at his www.balkema.org website, but he does have an introductory page that says,
Chris] believes in fewer taxes, less government intrusiveness and more accountability. His leadership skills in business and government have given him the flexibility to address many difficult issues. In business, Chris has implemented strategies to adjust to a local as well as a global market. In government, he has proven to be a fiscally responsible voice representing the taxpayer in Grundy County’s 2nd District."
Another 11th CD candidate, State Rep. Darlene Senger (R-Naperville) has no "issues" section on her website, but features a response to the state's unemployment rate:
Illinois now has the nation's second-highest unemployment rate and we are nearly two points higher than the national unemployment rate. The simple fact is that the policies coming out of Washington-over-taxing, over-regulating and over-borrowing are crushing jobs right here at home.
Bayne's own website features an "Issues" section in which he concisely bullet-points his views on topics ranging from the Second Amendment to National Security. He says he opposes amnesty, in favor of reducing federal control of public schools and teaching American exceptionalism.
Bayne turned his criticism directly on State Rep. Darlene Senger (R-Naperville) and asked what the candidate is "promising donors" because she's raising campaign funds without publicly stating her position on key issues.
"Someone call Darlene's donors and find out why they're giving money to her," added Bayne. "Is she promising them something or is she only telling donors her positions on issues?"
Bayne's opponents have said Bayne is not to be taken seriously because he can't raise funds, and the ability to raise campaign funds will be the measure of serious candidates in the 11th CD race.