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Dold, Schneider Try to Defy Labels

Leaders of both parties see winning candidates.

What does it mean for the voters of the 10th Congressional District when the Tea Party decries and Democratic challenger just won a spirited primary after being labeled as “Republican Light” by one of his opponents?

Local party leaders along with both Schneider and Dold expect it to mean an issues-based campaign for the seat in the .

People like of Northbrook and of Lake Forest also think it will mean a contest between moderates with broad appeal.

“The Tea Party members aren’t very enthralled with Dold,” Atsaves said. “When the extreme right wing of my party calls him a moderate, he must be one.”

Kreloff, who was one of the first Democratic officials to try to temper the bickering between supporters of Schneider and Ilya Sheyman, thinks Schneider has the credentials to attract voters with Democratic values who supported as a congressman.

“The way we win is by addition,” Kreloff said. “Brad exhibits the kind of person who can attract that kind of voter as well as maintain the base. Those are the people we need. Let’s hope it happens.”

Schneider came under criticism from Sheyman and a number of groups supporting the Waukegan community organizer for donations made to Kirk and a few other Republicans. The contributions were made in support of the United States Israel Relationship.

Kreloff Led Effort to Cool Primary

While Kreloff led the Northfield Township Democrats effort to endorse no candidate in the primary, other Democrats want some persuasion from Schneider to offer enthusiastic support in the fall.

“We worked for 10 years to unelect Kirk and Brad supported him,” Nancie Blatt of Lincolnshire said. She was one of the founders of the Tenth Congressional District Democrats. She plans to vote for Schneider though she did not support him in the primary.

After supporting former state Rep. Lauren Beth Gash (D-Highland Park) in her narrow loss to Kirk in 2000, Schneider displayed independence when he started to support Kirk. He did not support Dold.

“He was a leader,” Schneider said of Kirk. “He had a keen understanding of the U.S.-Israel relationship. It wasn’t for nothing he was mentioned at the Aipac conference,” he added referring to the group’s annual Policy Conference earlier this month. “(Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu mentioned him three times in his speech.”

Dold Breaks With Party on Transportation Bill

Earlier this week, Dold showed his own independence by sending a letter to House leadership along with Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Charles Bass (R-NH), Mike Quigley (D-Chicago) and Judy Biggert (R-Hinsdale) supporting the Senate version of the transportation bill.

“After talking to people in the District we determined what small business needs is certainty,” Dold said explaining his reason for breaking with party leadership. “A series of short term extensions provides too much uncertainty.” Funding for mass transit was a key reason for Dold’s decision.

Both Schneider and Dold plan a positive campaign distinguishing themselves to citizens on the issues. “I hope it will be about how we are perceived on the issues by the people who will vote,” Dold said.

Some of Schneider’s ideas for general election contest echo the same concern for small business voiced by Dold. “What is the best way to get small business investing in the future again,” Schneider said of his concerns. “Is the government working? Is Congress working?”

Atsaves does not expect negative campaigning to come from either Dold or Schneider, but he worries about the effect of special interests.

“Outside groups are the ones who could turn it negative,” Atsaves said. “I’ll be sorry to see the super pacs come in here.” 

Jim Stein March 30, 2012 at 01:51 PM
It takes a tough man to makeup a name and throw out accusations online. Well done, sir.
Louis G. Atsaves March 30, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Ellen Beth Gill as usual rewrites history. At no time did Dold EVER run as a Tea Party candidate. Other candidates during that GOP primary were much further to the right than Dold. But all that is now conveniently forgotten by extremists like Ms. Gill. Of course, with the positions that Ms. Gill takes, 99% of the public's views are extreme right or tea party views. Bet she would never ever dream of being part of the 1%! Nice to see the U.S. Supreme Court asking some hard questions on that unpopular national health care bill the Democrats rammed through, you know the one that Ms. Pelosi stated that we could read after it passed!
RB March 30, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Bush's Political Supreme Court. Bush 43, the gift that just keeps on giving. Mr. Dold signed a contract that he would never vote to increase revenue. So, how could he suddenly be for Simpson - Bowles? It's election season that's how.
Tony March 31, 2012 at 11:23 PM
RB - I am a conservative but I am not beholden to Grover Norquist. But I can see why politicians are. Raising taxes is never popular and it is rarely a winning election strategy. Others are on this comment chain are correct in that it's a distraction by you to be so obsessed with it. The reason for the pledge is simply that no serious steps will ever, I mean ever really be taken to reduce wasteful spending as long as we have access to new "revenue" by those evil rich people. If you don't believe that there are countless examples of bureaucratic redundancies going on in Washington, multiple departments working on the same issues, fraud, cronyism, etc, then you are blinded by your ideology. There is no revenue problem with our federal government.
Sam Joesph April 02, 2012 at 11:46 AM
Dold has proven to be an Independent. Schneider and the extreme Progressives have been disingenuous at best. Also, raising taxes won't fix the record high debt we've built up over the past three years, and it won't fix our entitlement programs that are driving this debt. http://www.cq.com/graphics/weekly/2012/01/16/wr20120116-02prezsupport-cht4.pdf http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/bob_dold/412420

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