Sunday, October 3, 2010

Phil Hare (D-IL) Faces a Tough Re-election Fight

Bob McCarty writes about labor union efforts to save Phil Hare (D-IL):
In short, the billboard messages paint Hare in the light of truth and are based on a number of incidents involving the the 17th Congressional District’s incumbent Democrat. Below are some examples:
1. On Dec. 15, Hare sided with the Obama Administration when he told a national television audience that terrorists at GITMO should be moved to Thomson, Ill.;
2. On April 1, Hare was captured on video saying, “I Don’t Worry About the Constitution”;
3. Four months ago, Hare reportedly told one of his aides to follow a constituent and get his license plate number so he could find out who he was;
4. On Aug. 27, Hare had one of his operatives file a complaint against Veterans4Constitution;
5. During a Labor Day parade in East Moline, Ill., he told a local television reporter he had received death threats, but never filed a police report, leading many to believe he was seeking sympathy; and
6. Throughout the campaign season, Hare has upset veterans by calling himself a veteran despite the fact that “veteran” status is, according to the federal government, “reserved for a person who served in the active military, naval, or air service, and who was discharged or released therefrom under conditions other than dishonorable.”
Phil Hare's opponent is Republican Bobby Schilling.

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