Governor’s race gets spiteful with fake press releases

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You’ve heard of attack ads.  Now it’s attack press releases.  Here they are.  The first, sent out yesterday by the Quinn campaign.

Clearly marked ‘Quinn press team,’ it’s headlined ‘Rare Media Availability.’  Bruce Rauner emerges from hiding.  A Quinn campaign spokesman telling me today it was a light-hearted attempt to poke fun at the republican candidate for governor over some serious issues.

So today the Illinois Republican Party gave it a try.  But some say may have taken parody a little too far.  Including a prominent democratic staffer’s contact information, in a release that refers to an alleged misuse of funds in a Pat Quinn anti-violence program.

This one looks a little too official.  Right down to the fake Dick Durbin quote it contains.

It may be parody, but Illinois’ senior senator clearly doesn’t see the humor in it.

“Politics ain’t beanbags, this isn’t my first campaign.  I know things get tough.  But this is a new low, to put out a phony press release, supposedly from my office and to involve my official staff in a campaign war is unfair and inaccurate and I think the Illinois Republican Party ought to apologize to the media.”

“I was not aware of that.  I don’t know that situation.  I don’t know.  I’m sorry, I don’t know.”

And to be fair, Bruce Rauner, didn’t know about the Illinois GOP’s fake press release.  But his campaign sure did.  Could have pulled it. Didn’t. The danger here is this brouhaha taking away from real issues.

Like the unanswered questions about spending on the governor’s Neighborhood Recovery Initiative.  And whether clout played a role in getting Rauner’s daughter into Walter Payton College Prep.

We will have more on those issues tonight on our news at 9p.m.

And they’re fighting on twitter, too.  A tweet from one Quinn campaign staffer to the Rauner campaign today:

“Satire ain’t easy, boys.”


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