September 28, 2006

Hike up your pants, here come the political ads

Political ads have started hitting the area, primarily from the Republicans. If they're laying out this much money this early, we can only look forward to become absolutely sick and tired of them long before election day.

The House Republican Organization and the Illiniois Republican Party respectively have shelled out a hunk of money to pay for glossy mailers for Haring.

Apparently I missed the election and Haring won. Either that or they're being purposely deceptive.

On each of the four sides of the mailers, there's no indication that Haring is a candidate. It simply states, "Steve Haring State Representitive - 71st District"

Not "Haring for State Rep", the word candidate appears nowhere on the mailers. (and neither is there anything to indicate he's a Republican, other than the tiny lines reporting the organizations that paid for the ads, though this seems a common practice.)

Not sure if this violates any campaign honesty rules or statutes, but it's certainly deceptive.

Haring's also jumped into the air war with a TV ad campaign that takes a picture of Boland's face and makes it look like some leering fat buffoon resembling Oliver Hardy.

If this is the negative tone right out of the chute, it's not going to be pretty. The Republicans are obviously out to throw everything they have into this race, and likely others in the area.

In Iowa, Whalen has a goofy ad which opens with his smiling face approving of the message in a friendly manner, then jarringly cuts to an ominous dark montage trying to portray Bruce Braley as an evil "trial lawyer" who would essentially throw your grandma into a snowdrift if he had half a chance.

I did catch the tail end of a Braley ad which they've evidently gotten on the air several days after Whalen, though I didn't catch it's full content.

So, keep those clickers in hand and your finger on the mute button. Here they come, and early signs point to there being a record number this time around.


At 9/28/2006 4:15 PM, Anonymous JS said...

Beals is doing the same thing. None of his literature I've seen says FOR senate or Candidate. I proclaims him state senator. Think it's cheap of the republicans to do this.

At 9/28/2006 4:19 PM, Blogger demgorilla said...

DOPE -- I'm not 100% sure, but I think the Steve Haring mail pieces violate section 103.44 of the Fair Campaigns & Elections Code of Conduct of the Illinois State Board of Elections statutues.

I guess the issue now is whether the Illinois Republican Party, the Illinois House Republicans and the Haring campaign will issue an apology and be fined or challenged.

Not only is this false advertising, it's impersonating a state official. I would think in this era of terrorism, that makes this even more of a serious potential crime.

So what's next. "Hi, I'm Steve Haring - Carroll County Sheriff"?

There's no end to the havoc this could wreak on our society, as we try to deal with the threats of terrorism in this post 9-11 world.

At 9/28/2006 5:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Democrat Party polling shows Haring may well be our next state representative, so we might as well get use to the moniker.

At 9/28/2006 5:26 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Anon 17:04

...and we're supposed to believe that why now??

Better offer a little better proof or evidence than none at all if you expect anyone to believe that.

There was another comment, likely from the same person, which made all sorts of unsupported charges about Boland and for that reason got dumped.

At 9/28/2006 11:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any comment that Huff's signs say.
Sherrif at the top and then his name. Same thing. And no one ever said a word. Republicans do it and it's deceptive, illegal and neferious. Oh well. It's politics. 50% aren't paying attention anyway.

At 9/28/2006 11:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why are you even talking about this issue when Haring is blowing Boland out of the water on television.

Haring's ad cracked me up and showed Boland for what he is --- a flake!

At 9/28/2006 11:43 PM, Blogger demgorilla said...

The Haring campaign hasn't responded to the charge yet.
They are violating state campaign finance law and may have to be prosecuted. I'm not saying he will have to drop out of the race, but impersonating a public official in this post-9-11 America is a very, very serious offense.

This offense will likely put Boland ahead by 20 points.

At 9/28/2006 11:58 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

JS, fair observation, but I think tiny yard signs that have to be visible in not much area are different than large, two-sided mailing pieces where there's more than enough space to mention the word "candidate".
They print in bold, Steve Haring Illinois State Representitive - 71st District all on one line on these things.

If he has his name and the office on his yard signs, I'm not sure it would be worth noting. But these things are different.

As to no one paying attention to these races, that's debateable. I'd guess that most people aren't, but at the same time, there are a lot of people who are, and that number will surely climb as election day approaches.

At 9/29/2006 12:09 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Anon 23:38

If you choose to demean the democratic process and your sacred right to vote by letting your choice for who will represent your interests to be made on the basis of a cartoon ad by a candidate's opponent, fine.

But I'm not sure I'd admit it in public.

I hope you don't decide how to run your life based on Spongebob Squarepants.

At 9/29/2006 8:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beals handouts say

James Beals
State Senator - 36th District

Same thing

The only candidate using the word
is Schwigen


Think it's bad on all these people running for office

At 9/29/2006 8:38 AM, Anonymous SpongeBob said...

No, I am basing my vote on the fact that Boland doesn't want to be my represetntaive. I am basing my vote on the fact that Boland said he was going to lower utility rates, but instead became Mid America's lap-dog. I am basing my vote on the fact that Boland is for the pig plant and the illegal alliens it will attaract. I am basing my vote on the fact that Boland voted himself a massive payraise, while my income fell. And of course, I am voting for Haring, because he gets along with others.

By the way, I find it ironic that you criticize others for watching cartoons when you constantly qoute Homer Simpsons. Doooohhhhhhhh!

Boland will lose because he is the weakest link in an otherwise stellar legisilative team. See ya!

At 9/29/2006 10:31 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

By the way, I find it ironic that you can't tell the difference between watching a cartoon for entertainment and watching one to decide who to vote for.

I can see why people might want to punish those who rammed through the pig plant the way they did, but do you really think that Haring, who touts himself as Mr. Development, would have opposed it?

You're nuts. So voting for Haring on that account makes zero sense.

Anyway, to each his own.

At 9/29/2006 5:13 PM, Blogger demgorilla said...

I've had a night to think about this issue and the more I think about it the madder I get. How can Haring get away with impersonating a public official?
How is that ok in our state election laws?

And what do other elected officials have to say about it?

Calling yourself the State Representative when you have never won an election to that office is a violation of a basic trust with the voters. I would go so far as to say it almost makes Mr. Haring unfit for public office.

If Mr. Beals is guilty of this, he owes the voters an apology immediately.

And the same is true, Democrat or Republican, for anyone who knowingly impersonates a public official. I don't think it's appropriate to impersonate a police officer, either, because it's all wrong and it's a lie.

At 9/29/2006 5:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the hub ub over a candidate choosing to use the word "for" or "candidate" on a campaign shirt, yard sign, or a bumper sticker is really not an issue for me. big deal. however when a person sends a piece of mail thru the USPS and gives the clear indication that he/she is indeed the state representative or the sheriff, or whatever, that person is in clear violation of both federal and state laws. a race this close this move may cost haring. haring may very well have won this race if the state and natinoal rebublicans had not come in and exerted their influence on the types of mail pieces and tv commercials to use. that kind of stuff just does not appeal to voters here at least not to me and that will cost haring my vote, and i was on the fence. better luck next time i guess. haring had a captive audience and a natural built in anti incumbent mood against boland but this only fuels the dems around their man.

At 9/29/2006 5:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Triumph came to market and Boland went wee-wee-wee all over Barstow.

At 9/29/2006 10:22 PM, Anonymous Jim Mowen said...

Come on Dope. Please show us that you are not just so die-hard Democrat that you can't see that Haring is head and shoulders more fit to be a representative than Boland.

Boland has clearly shown that he does not even want the job (he'll accept it, for now, but he clearly wants something more).

Haring is intelligent, cares about people, understands development (what this area needs) - what on earth is there not to like about the man (other than he is not a Democrat?)

Aren't we suppose to vote for the best person for the job?

Aren't we supposed to vote for what is best for the area?

Come on Dope...please, please show us that you have enough intelligence to not just dismiss the man because he is a Republican.

At 9/29/2006 10:41 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

What makes you think you've got a lock on who's best for us Jimbo? You didn't get some message from upstairs did you?

What sort of arrogance allows you to think that everyone should simply agree with your views on this race?

I don't agree with anything you suggested. And yes, we're supposed to vote for who's best for our area, but that doesn't mean that your guy is that candidate.

Haring's an unknown quantity. The way you and a couple others seem willing to ascribe virtues to him that you pull out of thin air is kind of weird.

Just like the national right wing, you truly think that just you saying something, makes it so.

Until you can make a rational case why some guy from Savannah would do better than Boland, I think I'll decline your demand that I agree with you.

At 9/30/2006 9:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dope you are one of the most leftest wack jobs I have ever come accross on the web. For one thing you go after commenters for not giving you enough information about a claim but you yourself wont check the information you are arguing with.

First of all the sections that were cited earlier in the post don't exist.

Second, the mailers were send by the Illinois Republican Party and the House Republican Organization. Not by the Haring campaign.

Third, the only real violation that I have seen in this race is that the Boland yard signs are required to display a diclaimer and do not.

I say who gives a crap but you can continue to ramble about whatever you want, it's your blog, but one would think you would try not to make a fool out of yourself and talk about actual issues not rabid attacks that the Boland campaign is pushing.

They are just pissed the Haring jumped 15 points in 3 weeks.

At 9/30/2006 11:57 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Slow down there big guy.. put down the pipe.

First of all, I stand behind what I write and there's nothing incorrect or deceptive about the post.

I noticed this weird attempt to suggest Haring is already an elected official on my own and I've had absolutely NO communication with the Boland campaign about it, either beforehand or since. Got that?

Let's look at your reasoning for why I'm supposedly a "left wing wack job" and making a fool out of myself. I think we'll find that I'm not the fool here.

You say, "First of all the sections that were cited earlier in the post don't exist."

OK. Find where I cited any "sections" in the post. I'll wait.

OK, you're right. I didn't cite any "sections" whatsoever.

So, it appears that the "sections" which you insist that I cited, really don't exist, except in your head apparently.

If you'd have stopped hyperventilating long enough, you would have noticed that I didn't cite ANY "sections" in the post. A commenter cited something in a comment, but don't scream at me for what someone else writes.

I haven't had the time to try to spend hours locating and pouring through campaign law to verify it or not. And the commenter didn't state that it was a clear violation anyway, just that it appeared to violate the section of code they cited.

As a matter of fact, that section may very well exist and maybe you're not correct. I hope the commenter will provide some more info.

Strike one.

You then scream that the mailings were sent by the Illinois Republican Party and the House Republican Organization, not Haring.

What's your point? I clearly stated this at the top of the post! So what are you bitching about?

Strike two.

You say that the only violation you see is that Boland supposedly neglected to put some disclaimer on his signs.

Might we ask you to explain just what this disclaimer is supposed to be and why it's supposed to be there? Just curious.

I never stated that Haring's misleading mailers violated any laws.

"Not sure if this violates any campaign honesty rules or statutes"

Did you miss that part?

Strike three, you're out.

Frankly, you're having a hissy fit and jumping all over me because you think this makes Haring look bad.

But you're barking up the wrong tree Chester.

You're throwing out accusations that are clearly false, and dreaming up connections where there aren't any.

Stick to decaf. And before you start frothing at the mouth, hold up and do some fact checking of your own.

And if you have a problem with what a commenter writes, scream at them, not me.

PS. It would be nice if you could provide the poll information which you claim is true. This is a common tactic from both sides. Anonymous commenter cites a poll.
But it's utterly worthless with no link to results and no proof.

I could say a poll showed Haring behind by 28 points. So what?

At 9/30/2006 5:24 PM, Blogger demgorilla said...

Hi, I'm Steve Haring, Carroll County Sheriff, please vote for me.

That's how wrong the Illinois Republican Party's mailings are, how devious and how dishonest they are. For a previous anonymous poster to attack folks who bring that up is outrageous.

Does anyone think it's acceptable, in this post 9-11 world, to impersonate an elected official?
And what makes this more astonishing -- it's being done by the party of Bush and Cheney, the Illinois House Republicans.

Apparently it's ok when Republicans impersonate public officials for what they think will be political gain. Can you imagine if a Democrat were doing this? "Hi, I'm Mike Huff, Rock Island County Sheriff."

There would be press conferences up and down the riverfront.

Again, impersonating a public official is a violation of campaign finance and state ethics laws. The state GOP had better come to the Quad Cities this week and apologize or get ready to pay the price.

At 9/30/2006 11:39 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

NOMORESCABS... got your comment.

Please send along a picture of the flier you question to me via e-mail. (theinsidedope at gmail dot com)

I haven't seen it so have no idea if your charges are correct.


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