Primary Election Day is just two short weeks away, and the campaign is in the home stretch. “Brady for Governor” signs are prominent all over the state, new commercials are up and running on radio and television throughout Illinois, endorsements are coming in, our literature is hitting the doorsteps of Republican voters, and the entire campaign team and I are revved up for the final push.
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Sen. Bill Brady today won the endorsement of the Champaign News-Gazette, which applauded him for his plan to right the state’s fiscal problems, fund the state’s beleaguered public pension systems and rebuild the state’s economy.
“Our endorsement goes to Bill Brady...who we believe would best reflect the traditional conservative values of downstate Illinois and also would be in tune to its needs,” the newspaper said in its Sunday edition, pointing out Brady’s leadership in the General Assembly and business experience.
“He’d be a responsible steward of the taxpayer’s money and hopes to revitalize Illinois’ economy...He has been a strong supporter of public higher education and of fully funding the state’s pension system...Brady was at the forefront last year of opposing the Blagojevich-backed raid on the state pension systems...He has a solid understanding of Illinois’ fiscal problems which continue, even with healthy increases in tax revenue, because the governor and Legislature persist in spending more than the state is taking in. Brady has a plan to return Illinois to responsible budgeting...and has firsthand experience with taxes, fees and regulations that unnecessarily bind Illinois businesses and keep others from locating here...”
Endorsement by the People
You may have also seen the Sunday editorials in the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun Times endorsing moderates Ron Gidwitz and Judy Baar Topinka in the Republican gubernatorial primary race. We were not surprised with their choices as we always knew it would be a long shot for Chicago media to back a mainstream conservative from downstate Illinois.
They disagree with candidates who have pledged to not raise taxes as I have done. They oppose the Second Amendment rights I support. They're pro- choice, and I believe in the sanctity of life. When I announced my candidacy, I also unveiled the Brady Contract with Illinois, six goals and philosophies for my administration. I thought it was important to let the citizens of Illinois know what they could expect from a Brady Administration. My personal beliefs are deeply rooted, and I believe they reflect the values of the majority of the people of Illinois.
The split endorsements from the Chicago papers were good strategically for my campaign because they divide the 25 to 40 percent of Republican primary voters who vote for moderate candidates. This is still a race for the conservative vote, and, as the Tribune noted, Jim Oberweis is “probably unelectable.” I am the only electable choice for conservative voters.
As I continue to travel the state in these final two pre-primary weeks, I seek the endorsement of the people. I appreciate all of your hard work promoting the values I believe will make Illinois strong again, and I look forward to celebrating an election night victory with you.
Upcoming Media Appearances
7:05 a.m., Monday, March 6
WCIA-TV Morning Show Live
Channel 3 Champaign
8 a.m. Monday, March 6
“Don Wade and Roma” Show
WLS-AM (890) Chicago
7:15 a.m., Tuesday, March 7
“The Stevie Jay Show”
WDWS-AM (1400) Champaign
5 p.m. Tuesday, March 7
Illinois State Chamber of Commerce/ABC 20 Live Debate
Springfield, WICS-TV (Channel 20 Springfield)
Wednesday, March 8
ABC 7/League of Women Voters Gubernatorial Debate
WLS-TV (Channel 7 Chicago)
Streamed Live on ABC 7 Web site at http://www.abc7chicago.com
7 - 8 p.m. Broadcast at 10:30 p.m. on ABC 7 Chicago.
8:15 a.m., March 9
“The Tom Sandor Show”
WRMN-AM (1410) Elgin
9 a.m. Sunday, March 12
WMAQ-TV “City Desk” with Dick Kay
Channel 5 Chicago
9:30 a.m. Sunday, March 12
WBBM-AM “At Issue” with Craig Dellimore
WBBM-AM (780) Chicago
Brady Endorsed by State Rifle Association
SPRINGFIELD -- Sen. Bill Brady, Republican candidate for Governor, this week was the only candidate for governor to receive the endorsement of the Illinois State Rifle Association Political Victory Fund, which praised Brady for his unwavering support of the 2nd Amendment and his consistent opposition to restricting firearm ownership by law-abiding citizens.
“With Bill Brady in the governor’s mansion, the state’s law-abiding firearm owners will no longer be thrust into the role of scapegoat for failed liberal social policies,” the ISRA Political Victory Fund said in its endorsement. “Bill Brady is truly the law-abiding firearm owner’s best friend.”
The organization noted that, as a member of the General Assembly, Brady “stood his ground time and time again to preserve and protect the citizens’ most treasured liberties.”
Oberweis's misleading commercials
Senator Bill Brady, Republican candidate for Governor, urged Jim Oberweis to fix his misleading commercials or take them off the airwaves.
"Creative commercials may work when you're selling ice cream, but the people of Illinois expect more from a candidate for governor. To misrepresent the truth says more about his judgment than about the candidate he is attacking in these commercials," Brady said in response to media inquiries. “The people of Illinois deserve a candidate who has a consistent track record of fighting for the people of Illinois, who represents himself and his opponents honestly, and who runs his campaign as ethically as he will his gubernatorial administration."
The Oberweis commercials touch on a number of ethical questions involving Judy Baar Topinka. Among those issues is a federal investigation of allegations of state workers doing political work and Topinka's controversial attempt to settle a multi-million dollar hotel-loan debt owed the state by a political-insider.
"Jim's entire argument, although sound, loses credibility when he puts out advertisements using deceptive practices. Though I agree the voters need to know Judy's history of ethical challenges, voters will be skeptical of any arguments made by a candidate who plays newspaper editor and rewrites headlines.”
The fabricated headlines in Oberweis' commercials were displayed as if they appeared on the front pages of the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Springfield State Journal- Register. The Oberweis campaign has since admitted the headlines never appeared, and some Downstate television stations have refused to air the misleading commercials.
"Jim recently said he regretted his 2004 commercials where he flew over Soldier Field in his helicopter blaming undocumented workers for taking jobs. He now says he understands those ads went too far. How could he think distorting headlines in his most recent commercials would instill faith in voters?
“The people of Illinois are sick of misleading campaigns and ethical questions. I believe we need a new generation of leadership not tied to the old-style politics and politicians of the past. We need a new era in Illinois politics, an era of ethics, integrity, and honesty.”
Support Brady by volunteering
Primary Election Day is just two short weeks away, and the campaign is in the home stretch. “Brady for Governor” signs are prominent all over the state, new commercials are up and running on radio and television throughout Illinois, endorsements are coming in, our literature is hitting the doorsteps of Republican voters, and Bill and the entire campaign team are revved up for the final push.
Call our campaign toll-free number 866.746.2006 to volunteer your efforts to make sure Bill Brady is successful on March 21 and becomes the GOP nominee for Governor. No offer of your time or effort is too small. Support Bill Brady for Governor!