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Sen. Link Blasts Sheyman Tactics

Lake County Democratic chairman complains about negative campaigning.

, the Lake County Democratic Chairman, publically criticized campaign tactics ahead of Tuesday’s 10th District Congressional District primary contest for the right to challenge .

Earlier Wednesday, Link specifically accused one of candidates, , of a strategy the Lake County party leader fears could lead to a Dold victory in November.

have been flooding the area with telephone calls and advertising attacking one of Sheyman’s opponents, Deerfield management consultant Brad Schneider, for making some donations to Republicans. .

Sheyman, Schneider, Long Grove business owner and Mundelein attorney are competing in Tuesday’s primary for the Democratic nomination to challenge Rep. Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth).

“They’re acting just like the Republicans (running for President),” Link said earlier Wednesday. “(David) Axelrod is just sitting back and making tapes. (President Barack) Obama won’t have to say a thing. Dold won’t have to say a thing.”

Sheyman campaign manager Annie Weinberg made it clear the Sheyman campaign was not behind the tactics.

“In compliance with Federal Election Law, we are in no way allowed to coordinate with groups conducting independent expenditures in this race,” Weinberg said. “We respect the right of the 17,500 local members of Communication Workers of America, MoveOn, and US Action to express their views about this race publicly.”

Link was not buying the argument. “He (Sheyman) was their national mobilization director,” Link said referring to the job Sheyman left to run for Congress. “They wouldn’t be doing any of this if he wasn’t asking.”

Before each election season begins Link asks all Democratic candidates to run positive campaigns and not criticize each other.

“It’s one of my cardinal rules,” Link said. “I told them that in September. Sell yourself, Build yourself up. I never mention my opponent’s name and I keep winning by bigger margins each time.”

Not surprisingly, Schneider agreed with Link’s remarks. He recalled a conversation with the Lake County Democratic leader he had in September about refraining from negative campaigning.

“We need to work together as Democrats and bring in the independents to pull this thing out,” Schneider said. “There are at least five outside groups using distortion and innuendo,” he added referring to organizations like MoveOn.

Link rarely endorses candidates in a primary election. He has only done it twice, both times for now President Barack Obama. The two shared a desk in Springfield before Obama was elected to the United States Senate.

“I was one of the first guys there when nobody thought he could win,” Link said. Link backed the President in the 2004 Senate primary and in the 2008 Presidential nominating contest.

flower child March 16, 2012 at 02:47 AM
Alex, Are you talking about the race Bean lost by 290 votes?
Alex March 16, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Yes, Flower. (tough loss) The point is not the outcome. The point is, he was working on the ground, knocking on doors, hosting events and making phone calls. OldDanFan seemed to think he was sitting at home eating doritos on his couch.
Eric Canella March 16, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Sheyman is the only real Democrat in this race and the only man who can beat Dold in November. Who has grassroots support? Sheyman. Who can use that to raise real money? Sheyman. Have you seen any Schneider signs outside of Deerfield? No, and yet you see Sheyman signs everywhere. We need someone who has shown they can get people excited, and that sure isn't Schneider.
Ellen Beth Gill March 16, 2012 at 11:24 PM
The only keeper in this crowd is John Tree. I will not regret having supported him no matter what happens. He's smart , knowledgeable, open and friendly, honest, has integrity and an international view, and he has class and grace. We haven't given up hope, but in the event he does not win, I will be happy to work on a campaign for him any time.
Ellen Beth Gill March 16, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Alex, thanks. Anyone who knows anything about IL-10 knows I am not Lauren Beth Gash and many know that I am about as far as you can get from a Republican. I have almost a decade of liberal blogging to prove my record. Back to names though, there is as activist in DC named Lauren Ellen. Lauren Beth Gash and I got a laugh out of that. Good thing she does not live in IL-10 or no one would ever figure it out.

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