Congressional candidates push remaining few get-out-the-vote rallies
BY DAVE MCKINNEY Springfield bureau chief firstname.lastname@example.org November 3, 2012 8:04PM
U.S. Rep. Bob Dold, a Republican, is running for re-election in the 10th Congressional District. | AP file photo
Updated: December 5, 2012 6:52AM
The candidates in high-profile congressional campaigns in the north and western suburbs crisscrossed the region Saturday, opening the day with get-out-the-vote rallies.
Republican U.S. Rep. Bob Dold, who faces Democrat Brad Schneider in the 10th Congressional District, spoke about the “tremendous amount of momentum” in his campaign after urging a couple of hundred supporters to go door-to-door Saturday on his behalf and embarking on a district-wide bus tour.
Schneider started his day at a Fox Lake cafe, serving up coffee — along with an anti-Dold message. “I was the guy going around with the two pots, one decaf, one regular, asking people if they wanted refills,” he said. “It was a great way to meet people.”
In the 11th Congressional District, Democrat Bill Foster, who’s challenging Republican U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert, campaigned in Naperville with U.S. Rep. Michael Quigley (D-Ill.) and in Joliet with U.S. Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.).
Foster, a former congressman, said he was encouraged by “lines out the door” at early voting sites in Joliet and Aurora: “High levels of turnout are good for Democrats.”
Meanwhile, in the 10th Illinois House race, indicted, expelled former Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago) distributed fliers linking his third-party rival Lance Tyson with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
“It’s freaking ridiculous,” said Tyson, who has backing from most key Democrats in the West Side district.
And in the 77th House District, one of the most oddball political mailers of the campaign season is coming from a shadowy organization called the Alliance of Illinois Taxpayers, which is aligned with Democrat Kathleen Willis. The group has sent out a second consecutive mailer tying state Rep. Angelo “Skip” Saviano (R-Elmwood Park) to House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago).
This one calls Saviano a “pawn” of Madigan, even though the speaker has steered hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of cash and resources to Willis in a bid to defeat Saviano.
“They’re desperate, and this is last-minute retaliation for [U.S. Rep.] Luis Gutierrez endorsing me against the speaker’s wishes,” Saviano said.
Gutierrez gave Saviano a surprise endorsement over Willis last week, praising his “wonderful” record on immigration issues. The House district’s population is 51 percent Latino.
In the 55th House District, Republican Susan Sweeney was endorsed by former Chicago Bears great Mike Ditka, who recorded a robocall for her. She is running against Democrat Martin Moylan, who is Des Plaines’ mayor.