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Republicans launch first TV ad critical of Bustos


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Posted Online: Sept. 07, 2012, 9:12 pm
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By Eric Timmons, etimmons@qconline.com
Republicans have launched a TV commercial critical of Cheri Bustos that Democrats say is "breathtakingly false" and "childish."

The independent expenditure ad is the first volley fired against Ms. Bustos by the National Republican Congressional Committee defending U.S. Rep. Bobby Schilling's seat in the 17th Congressional District.

The commercial attempts to link Ms. Bustos -- an East Moline alderwoman from 2007 to 2011 -- to a water main project on 10th Street unanimously improved by the East Moline City Council last year.

Ms. Bustos lives on a street that connects to 10th Street, where the city spent around $625,000 on water main repairs. The first part of the project began in 2006 before Ms. Bustos had been elected, according to council minutes on the city's website.

The script for the TV commercial says, "Politicians looking out for themselves? No shortage of that in Illinois. Just look at Cheri Bustos; she voted to spend $625,000 of taxpayer money to improve a road that connects the street she lives on to the local country club. Bustos got the boulevard; taxpayers got the bill."

The Schilling campaign previously has tried to tie the water main project to Ms. Bustos. Last month, Schilling spokesman Jon Schweppe said Ms. Bustos "spent $625,000 on an earmarked pet project to build a luxurious parkway right outside her home."

On Friday, Bustos campaign manager Allison Jaslow said Republicans were trying to distract from Rep. Schilling's record by peddling falsehoods.

"This kind of divisive and dishonest campaigning is part of the problem in Washington," Ms. Jaslow said.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee also released its first independent expenditure campaign commercial this week against Rep. Schilling.

The 17th District campaign is expected to attract plenty of outside money, in addition to the millions being raised by the two candidates. Speaking at Republican event Thursday, Rep. Schilling said he expected to have "$4 or $5 million dollars" spent against him by Democrats and their allies.






 














 



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