Campaign 2010

Oct 01, 2012

Embattled Tea Party Congressman Robert Dold Losing Ground

Congressman Robert Dold has helped make the Tea Party Majority the most unpopular, dysfunctional, and unproductive Congress in history. Congressman Dold continues to lose key endorsements previously secured by Sen. Mark Kirk from independent validators like the Human Rights Campaign, NARAL, the Sierra Club and the League of Conservation Voters to name a few.  While public polling has consistently put this race to be in a dead heat, Congressman Dold’s campaign even admitted today that their own internal polling within the last two months shows Democrat Brad Schneider with the momentum. Worse, Congressman Dold and his allies have been outspending Schneider by more than 2:1 over the last two months, but Schneider’s support continues to grow.

 

“By voting with the Republican Tea Party Majority in Congress to slash student loans and education, end the current Medicare system, and restrict a woman’s right to choose, Congressman Robert Dold proved that he helped make this Congress the most broken and unproductive in history,” said Haley Morris of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Already independent groups like the Human Rights Campaign and the Sierra Club are lining up behind Brad Schneider. Now, as Illinois voters learn they have an alternative to Congressman Dold and his Tea Party Majority with Democratic candidate and businessman Brad Schneider, they are abandoning Dold in droves.”

 

Background

 

Tea Party-Lead GOP Majority Congress Skips Town Until November Leaving Behind Unfinished Business.  “The most partisan, least productive Congress in memory has skipped out of Washington so lawmakers can make their case for voters to re-elect them.”  When Congress adjourned in September, they “Left behind for a postelection session is a pile of unfinished business on the budget and taxes, farm policy and legislation to save the Postal Service from insolvency.”  [Yahoo News, 9/22/12]

 

Congressman Dold Voted to End Medicare, Protect Millionaires and Big Oil. On March 29, 2012, Congressman Dold supported a budget that would end Medicare’s guaranteed benefit, protects $40 billion in tax breaks for big oil, and provides people earning more than $1 million a year with an average tax cut of $394,000. [H Con Res 112, Vote #151, 3/29/12; New York Times Editorial, 3/20/12; Center for American Progress, 3/20/12; Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, 3/27/12; see also: Tax Policy Center, Table T12-0078 and T10-0132]

 

Dold Voted for a Budget Plan that Cuts Critical Education Programs. Under the Ryan budget, “The Department of Education would be cut by more than $115 billion over a decade. 9.6 million students would see their Pell Grants fall by more than $1000 in 2014, and, over the next decade, over one million students would lose support altogether. This would derail bipartisan education reforms and deeply undermine K-12 education and college opportunity. […] Roughly two million slots in Head Start would be eliminated over the next decade — cutting 200,000 children from the program in 2014 alone.” [OMB, 3/21/12]

 

Congressman Dold Voted to Defund Planned Parenthood. On February 19, 2011, Congressman Dold voted for a bill that would have “reinstated the D.C. abortion ban, eliminated the Title X family-planning program, defunded Planned Parenthood, reinstated the global gag rule, and eliminated funding for the United Nations Population Fund.” [HR 1, Vote #147, 2/19/11; NARAL’s Congressional Record on Choice, 2011]

 

Democrat Brad Schneider Earned the Endorsement of the Human Rights Campaign, League of Conservation Voters, and Illinois Firefighters.  In 2012, Schneider earned the endorsement of the Human Rights Campaign, which endorsed Mark Kirk in 2006 and 2008.  Schneider also earned the endorsement of the League of Conservation Voters which also endorsed Kirk in 2008.  Also in 2012, the Illinois Firefighters endorsed Schneider.  The Firefighters previously endorsed Kirk as well. [NBC Chicago, 6/14/12; LCV.org, 7/17/12, 10/21/08; Associated Firefighters of Illinois, accessed 8/7/12; Schneider for Congress, 7/31/12]

 

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