Republicans Blast Ives’s Ad on Transgenderism, Immigrants, Abortion

She spent $1 million to air two spots, including a biographical one.

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Zach C. Cohen
Feb. 5, 2018, 11:08 a.m.

State Rep. Jeanne Ives (R) launched “a TV ad featuring an actor portraying a transgender woman thanking the governor for signing a law expanding trans rights. The ‘Thank you, Bruce Rauner’ ad, scheduled to start airing Saturday, also depicts a young woman wearing a pink protest hat thanking the governor for making Illinois families ‘pay for my abortions.’ And it has a hoodie-wearing man with his face partially hidden by a bandana thanking Rauner for making Illinois ‘a sanctuary state for illegal immigrant criminals.’” (Chicago Tribune)

State Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider “said Ives should pull the ad and ‘immediately apologize to the Illinoisans who were negatively portrayed in a cowardly attempt to stoke political division.’ … Democratic gubernatorial candidates were quick to react as well.” (Chicago Sun-Times)

Gov. Bruce Rauner (R), “during a stop in Normal Saturday, said Ives’ ad ‘absolutely does not’ represent the views of the Republican Party. ‘I think that just shows how unelectable Rep. Ives really is. Rep. Ives has associated herself with questionable individuals who really don’t represent the people of Illinois,’ he said.” (AP)

Ives’s campaign: “The ad represents Governor Rauner’s chosen constituents based on the policy choices he made, as well as a fair and accurate representation of the implications of those policy choices.” (release)

A second ad Ives ran this weekend “features shots of Ives with her family and speaking to the camera: ‘I was raised to speak plainly, work hard for what you want and respect others who do the same.’” “Ives’ campaign said the ad will run statewide for a week, ‘at this point.’” (Chicago Sun-Times)

The first spot “aired in various state markets over the weekend. The most updated numbers we have show less than $5,000 spent with the spot appearing once in the Chicago market, four times in Peoria-Bloomington; twice in Rockford and once in the Paducah Cape Girardeau-Harrisburg-Mt Vernon market. Ives’ campaign purchased more than $1 million in TV ads for the month of February but that includes her intro spot, a biographical commercial which made a high-profile appearance during the Super Bowl on Sunday.” (Politico)

Rauner’s campaign also released another TV ad Monday excerpting a 2008 wiretap of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) wondering aloud if venture capitalist J.B. Pritzker (D) would raise millions of dollars in exchange for then-President-elect Obama’s Senate seat. (release)

IN OTHER NEWS. Ives “retweeted—then took down its retweet—of a message posted by a man whose page contains white supremacist and anti-Semitic content.” (Arlington Heights Daily Herald)

Pritzker, state Sen. Daniel Biss (D), and philanthropist Chris Kennedy (D) “are among those political aspirants that are sending personal text messages” to supporters. “Campaigns can get phone numbers in a variety of ways, from voluntary sign-ups to information gathered from political parties, but the FCC has put in strict rules that campaigns must follow in an effort to protect voters.” (WMAQ)

Rauner and Pritzker contributed to and attended Equality Illinois’s gala. (Taking Names)


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