SETH McMILLAN, the GOP candidate in the 48th Illinois Senate District, is running a video on social media that takes words of his opponent, Sen. ANDY MANAR, D-Bunker Hill, out of context.
“Andy Manar isn’t telling the truth about term limits,” words on the screen say.
It then shows a bit of a Manar TV ad, which displays the words “demands term limits,” as Manar’s voice says he demands term limits “on legislative leaders.”
The McMillan video then cuts to a clip from Manar’s Sept. 5 interview by the editorial board of The State Journal-Register. The senator is asked if he supports term limits. The response: “Um, no, I don’t.”
That’s all McMillan’s video shows, and then the written words “You can’t trust Andy Manar.”
The problem here is that Manar said much more at that interview, making the same point he made in his own ad.
Manar made clear to the editorial board that he does not support term limits for all legislators.
“And here’s why,” Manar told the board. “First of all, I recognize the political consequences of this.”
He said having term limits “empowers lobbyists and it empowers legislative staff, neither of which are accountable to voters.”
He also said he doesn’t understand how a downstater would want legislative term limits.
“There’s not as many downstaters as there are members from the northern part of the state,” Manar said of the makeup of the Senate, which is based on population. He said it is through tenure that downstate can be represented in leadership, including committee chairmanships. Term limits on all members, he said, “would tilt political influence even more toward the northern part of the state, in my opinion. “
He also said that he supported and pushed the “appropriate step” of limiting terms of Senate leaders. Manar was a chief sponsor of a Senate resolution passed unanimously on Jan. 11, 2017 — when the current General Assembly was sworn in — to limit terms, going forward, of 10 years for the Senate president and minority leader.
PATRICK PFINGSTEN, consultant to McMillan, said it is “bogus” to claim Manar was taken out of context in the McMillan video.
“The bottom line is he says ‘Demand Term Limits’ in his ad and then when asked directly he says he opposes term limits,” Pfingsten said via email. “He can explain all he wants, but there’s no validity to the nonsense.”
Meanwhile, the social media fight between Manar and McMillan took an interesting turn last week, as Manar publicized a McMillan tweet — apparently later deleted — that said: “Does @AndyManar not realize how offensive the term ‘downstate’ is to people in Southern Illinois? We don’t call ourselves ‘downstate’ you know who does? People from Chicago! #il48.”
Manar latched onto the tweet, posting a copy of it in his own tweet, adding: “Let’s reject fake outrage at the ballot box on Nov. 6th.” In the same tweet, Manar posted some examples of McMillan using the term himself — what Manar called McMillan’s “‘Downstate’ greatest hits.”
One is a picture of McMillan with OLIVER NORTH, president of the National Rifle Association, with McMillan tweeting: “Supporting some downstate candidates tonight and awesome opportunity to meet Col @OliverNorthNRA.”
Manar also points out that McMillan used the word in an introductory campaign video.
“I think people feel like downstate has been forgotten for a long time,” McMillan said in that video.
McMillan, meanwhile, clearly needs to use social media to his advantage, as records show he has much less funding than his opponent, while Manar ads have been prominent on commercial TV stations in the district. McMillan had about $7,000 in his campaign fund at the end of June, and large contributions to McMillan listed at The State Board of Elections as of last week amounted to less than $10,000.
Manar had more than $360,000 available June 30, and since then has received more than a half million dollars in large donations, including more than $480,000 from the Illinois Democratic Heartland political action committee, based in Champaign and designed to elect downstate Democrats to the Senate. Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. PRITZKER’s campaign gave $500,000 to that fund in May.
Personhood of corporations
An official of an organization that hopes to abolish corporate constitutional rights and remove big money from elections will speak at Springfield’s public library, Lincoln Library, 326 S. Seventh St., from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 25.
The appearance is part of a “barnstorming speaking tour” by GREG COLERIDGE of Ohio, who is outreach director of Move to Amend. The group, at movetoamend.org, is a coalition pushing a constitutional amendment — House Joint Resolution 48 — that would undo the 2010 Citizens United opinion by the U.S. Supreme Court. That ruling prohibits restrictions on independent expenditures in campaigns by corporations.
The amendment would put into the Constitution that “corporations aren’t people, they’re business entities,” said former Democratic state Rep. BILL EDLEY, now of Springfield, who supports the group.
It would also say that money spent in elections is not speech under the First Amendment.
The group has sought support for the amendment from local communities across the country. The title of the program is “Democratic Revolution or Corporate Rule: It’s Up to Us!”
U.S. Reps. DARIN LaHOOD, R-Peoria, and RAJA KRISHNAMOORTHI, D-Schaumburg, have introduced legislation to name a room at the U.S. Capitol the Lincoln Room.
The room is now part of the leadership office of Majority Whip STEVE SCALISE of Louisiana. Scalise already named the area for the 16th president, but the legislation would make it permanent.
The area served as the House post office when Lincoln was a U.S. Representative from 1847-1849, and Lincoln, a news release said, could regularly be found telling stories to his colleagues by the fireplace there.
LaHood is congressional chair, and Krishnamoorthi the congressional vice chair, of the Illinois State Society of Washington, D.C., an organization of people with links to the Land of Lincoln.
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September 15, 2018 at 05:20PM