(Chicago, IL) – August 5, 2010. GOP State Senator Bill Brady’s gubernatorial campaign last night rocketed out a press release claiming “… Governor Pat Quinn was forced today to pull his latest attack ad from the airwaves for misleading attacks …,” while the Quinn campaign claimed it was untrue.
Brady’s campaign says it was notified by two television stations in the Springfield-Decatur/ Champaign market of a decision forcing Quinn to pull its latest TV attack ad for “falsely” charging that Brady missed 58% of the session days in the Illinois State Senate.
“Once again, Pat Quinn’s smear machine has been caught lying about Bill Brady’s record, misleading voters with yet another ad that distorts the truth, and offers no ideas for fixing the fiscal mess on the Governor’s watch,” said Brady Campaign Manager Jerry Clarke.
The Quinn campaign denies Clark’s claim.
“No, we most certainly did not pull the ad from air. [W]e made one small tweak to a visual in the ad for one station. We certainly did not pull it down from air. If you were in Champaign tonight, you’d see the ad on tv. Same as last night and same as tomorrow,” said Quinn campaign press secretary Mica Matsoff.
At issue in the ad is Brady’s senate attendance record in the days and weeks after he secured the party’s nomination and Quinn’s claim that he missed “58% of session days”.
The ad rests on a Daily Herald article that notes:
“Upon further review of voting records, the Daily Herald found Brady missed votes on 25 different session days this year – most of which occurred after he was named the Republican nominee in March. The Senate has been in session 43 days so far this year, though on some days no votes were taken.”
Quinn’s campaign applied the short division and generated the “58% missed session” days.
“We’re happy to debate Brady’s 18-year record in Springfield — including his record of skipping session days this year to campaign,” Matsoff said.