GOP Physician Targets Primary Opponent in Misleading Ad

The ad attacked Jeremy Wynes for being unemployed, as well as not being born in the district.

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Drew Gerber
March 5, 2018, 10:32 a.m.

Physician Sapan Shah (R) released a 30-second ad targeting his primary opponent, former Republican Jewish Coalition official Jeremy Wynes (R). The ad accuses Wynes of lying about Shah’s resume, “but the video never identifies or corrects any statements from Wynes. Instead, it attacks Wynes’ work history and where he’s lived, sometimes erroneously.”

Attacking Wynes for not being born in the district, the ad pinpoints Wynes’ birthplace near the border with Iowa, but “Wynes was born in Galesburg, a city in western Illinois, and he grew up in Milan, near the Iowa border.” The ad also claims Wynes moved to the district to run for office, but Wynes — whose wife grew up in Highland Park — moved to Highland Park in 2011, six years before announcing his candidacy.

Wynes: “The suggestion that I moved here in 2011 to run for office in 2018 is absurd.” Wynes said Shah is trying to create “false impressions” with the video.

“When asked about the discrepancies in the ad, Shah campaign spokesman Spencer Sullivan said Wynes started the discussion about background by making personal attacks against Shah. Sullivan specifically objected to Wynes campaign mailers that accused Shah of ‘carpetbagging’ from Chicago to the 10th District, based on Shah’s decision to register to vote in Libertyville last year despite having moved there from the city in 2012. Shah has acknowledged he continued to vote in Chicago while living in Libertyville. … Sullivan also objected to a Wynes mailer labeling Shah a ‘liberal insider’” for donating to a Democratic candidate — who won his race for Congress — in 2016. “Sullivan said Shah was asked by a friend” to support the candidate. (Arlington Heights Daily Herald)


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