With jury selection in the Rod Blagojevich trial wrapping up, the main event in the three-ring corruption circus is about to begin. And Bill Brady, Republican candidate for Illinois governor, is hoping to take full advantage.
The Republican Governors Association has released a new 30-second spot attacking Governor Pat Quinn, and the advertisement puts a strong emphasis on Quinn's ties to his disgraced Democratic predecessor.
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The phrase "Quinn and Blagojevich" is repeated twice in the commercial, and the two mens' faces appear together on screen at one point. The spot begins, "As governors, Quinn and Blagojevich have failed us."
In the commercial, the RGA also blames Quinn for the state's $13 billion budget deficit, and accuses him of wanting to borrow more money and raise taxes to help end the crisis.
The the NationalJournal.com reports that the RGA has already made its presence felt in a number of states. "The group has run ads bashing Dem candidates in FL, CA, MA, NH, OH and CO so far, and with $25M in the bank to start the year, that list will grow," it writes.
In fact, the group has already released a separate ad tying Quinn to Blagojevich more directly. It quotes Pat Quinn, in 2006, saying of Blagojevich, "He's always been a person who's honest and one of integrity... I have confidence the governor does the right thing all the time."
Quinn and Brady are in a heated race for Illinois governor, one in which the Republican has shown consistent leads in the polls.
Watch the new 30-second spot:
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