ILGOP slams 'dirty, Chicago-style' mailer on two judges' appellate races
Illinois Republican Party (ILGOP) Chairman Tim Schneider said a mailer sent out to GOP voters by the Fair Courts Now political action committee is misleading.
The mailer uses the traditional GOP elephant image and implies that the GOP opposes the election of Illinois Fifth Appellate Court District candidates Justice Randy Moore and Judge John Barberis. Both candidates are members of the Republican Party.
On the side that features the GOP elephant symbol, the mailer says, "Republican Voter Alert, 'Not Qualified' and 'Not Recommended' Activist Judges Don't Deserve Our Vote." The implication is that the Republican Party does not recommend the candidates. On the other side, the mailer reuses the quotes and attributes them to the Illinois State Bar Association.
“Dirty, Chicago-style campaign tactics from trial lawyers are why state government is fundamentally broken," Schneider said. "These false mailers are intentionally designed to deceive voters about Justice Randy Moore's and Judge John Barberis' independent conservative record and alter the outcome of the upcoming election. Voters deserve to know these tactics for what they are -- fraudulent schemes of desperate individuals and desperate campaigns following the Mike Madigan playbook.”
Trial lawyers funded Fair Courts Now. Illinois attorneys have donated approximately $2 million to the political action committee.