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.