Mystery group promotes Labno with mailer Downstate
BY ABDON M. PALLASCH Political Reporterfirstname.lastname@example.org
A mailer landing in Downstate mailboxes promotes Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Mike Labno as "the only pro-Life, pro-Gun candidate for U.S. Senate."
Only the mailer doesn't appear to come from Labno's campaign.
A line on the flier claims it's paid for by "Illinois Victory, a project of the Lake County Democratic Party."
State Sen. Terry Link (D-Vernon Hills) heads up the Lake County Democratic Party, which he said has no "Illinois Victory" project. Link said he had never heard of the mailer until told of it by the Sun-Times Tuesday night.
Supporters of Democratic Senate nominee Alexi Giannoulias have unofficially promoted Labno's candidacy as a way to siphon votes from Republican Senate candidate Mark Kirk, who, through his 10 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, cultivated a record as a moderate Republican, endorsed by Planned Parenthood and gun control groups.
Rich Miller's CapitolFaxBlog posted images of the flyer Tuesday night.
The front of the flyer has a picture of Kirk with the question "Not a conservative- "
Inside, the flyer has a photo of Labno.
Then, on the back, it offers a picture of Giannoulias, saying, "While Labno and Kirk fight over labels, Alexi Giannoulias is fighting for Illinois jobs."