LINCOLNSHIRE, IL - First-time candidate Leslie Munger (R-Lincolnshire) is horrified that her Democrat opponent's campaign is calling 59th House District voters and saying Munger supports allowing pedophiles in schools. Munger wants State Rep. Carol Sente to apologize.
“I cannot imagine anything further from the truth,” Munger stated. “As a mother of two boys, former Cub Scout Den Mother, former president of the District 103 Learning Fund Foundation, Stevenson High School football mom, and volunteer for over a decade with the Riverside Foundation Auxiliary for developmentally disabled adults, I find it reprehensible that my opponent would suggest in any way that I support pedophiles in schools.”
On Thursday, callers from Rep. Sente’s campaign office located in the United Auto Workers building, 680 Barclay, Lincolnshire told voters that “Leslie Munger opposes a law that keeps pedophiles from working in schools,” then cited an example of a Buffalo Grove teacher who was recently arrested on child pornography charges, stating “Munger would eliminate the law requiring schools to conduct background checks.”
When one of Sente’s phoners was asked the basis for the charge, the caller stated that Sente was not available for comment, but that Munger had “gone on record opposing unfunded mandates to schools in a YouTube video.”
“It is unbelievable that someone who is elected as a representative for the citizens of our state would suggest that because I oppose unfunded mandates, that means I would allow pedophiles in our schools,” Munger stated. “These attacks are completely baseless and are a result of my desire to stop the unfunded mandates Springfield keeps passing, imposing increased costs and higher property taxes on our communities. My opponent is spreading these lies against me because she cannot run on her record.”
"Just because you are a politician and you disagree with your opponent doesn’t mean you shouldn’t back up your allegations with facts,” Munger said, “Rep. Sente should apologize to the voters of the 59th District.”
But accusations about support for pedophiles isn't the only dirty campaign trick Sente is using, Munger said.
In recent weeks, Munger has also been falsely accused of wanting to “slash funding for rape victims, release violent criminals, tax senior retirement funds and cut local school funding.” Again, none of these assertions are accurate or positions Munger holds.
“It’s not a surprise that my opponent would try to misrepresent my views on issues. I trust the voters in my district are well educated, will read my literature, visit my website, learn about me, meet me in person or call me – and then make an informed decision.”
“I can only guess that my campaign message of cleaning up the financial mess in Springfield, taking on Speaker Madigan and one party control, fighting skyrocketing taxes and property taxes, and keeping families and jobs in Illinois, is resonating with voters – and is leading the other side to desperate measures," Munger said.
The full text of the robo-call against Munger is as follows:
“My name is Emily. I was shocked to learn recently that Leslie Munger opposes a law that keeps pedophiles from working in schools. In August, a Buffalo Grove teacher was arrested on child pornography charges and still, even after that, Leslie Munger would eliminate the law requiring schools to conduct background checks. Tell Leslie Munger she is dangerously out of touch. We should not let her anywhere near the state capitol. Paid for by Friends of Carol Sente.”
The district includes the communities of; Buffalo Grove, Deerfield, Green Oaks, Gurnee, Indian Creek, Libertyville, Lincolnshire, Mettawa, Mundelein, Park City, Prairie View, Riverwoods, Vernon Hills, Waukegan, and Wheeling.