The race to replace longtime U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello has already gone negative.
Jason Plummer, the wealthy Republican lumber heir seeking to end the Democratic Party’s lock on Illinois’ 12th congressional seat, has issued negative ads despite pledging to stay positive.
The new ad twice calls his opponent, Democrat Bill Enyart, a “millionaire trial lawyer.” The ad is complete with scary music and washed out images.
A narrator says: “Southern Illinois’s economy is hurting . Unemployment is 9.4 percent and climbing. We were promised change, but it never came. And now Congressional Candidate Bill Enyart thinks the economy is getting better under President Obama. Getting better? Maybe for millionaire trial lawyers like Bill Enyart.”
Plummer has said he’s ”proud to be running a positive, issue-oriented campaign.”
Capitol Fax, an Illinois political blog, says the ad is running in the Paducah, Ky., market. Enyart has released an introductory ad in Southern Illinois TV markets, but not in the more expensive St. Louis TV market, which covers the Metro East. The district stretches from parts of Madison County all the way south to the Kentucky border.