The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spent roughly half a million dollars tying a House Republican candidate to Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich during a 2008 race. An October 23rd article in Crain's Chicago Business lays out the perhaps unprecedented campaign...
(Crain’s) — Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s own party now is ripping him in an effort to win a southwest suburban congressional seat.
In an action that veteran political activists say they believe is unprecedented, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the national election arm of U.S. House Democrats, this week quietly began airing broadcast TV ads in the Chicago media market that link an incumbent — if unpopular — governor of its own party to Marty Ozinga, the GOP candidate for Congress in the Joliet-area 11th District.
“Concrete’s a dirty business, especially for Republican Marty Ozinga,” says the announcer as video switches from a truck pouring cement to a picture of Mr. Ozinga, who owns a concrete company. “Republican Marty Ozinga and his companies gave 23 grand to Rod Blagojevich,” it continues, showing a picture of a pained-looking governor.
Mr. Ozinga, the ad concludes, is “the last guy you’d send to clean up Washington.”