PI Original Adam Doster Friday December 4th, 2009, 11:48am

IL-10: Hamos' New Ad And Some Emerging Policy Differences

The governor's race isn't the only campaign that's getting heated
this election cycle. Here's the latest from the Democratic primary in
the 10th Congressional District.

First up, State Rep. Julie Hamos has produced a new television ad
highlighting her work protecting ...

The governor's race isn't the only campaign that's getting heated this election cycle. Here's the latest from the Democratic primary in the 10th Congressional District.

First up, State Rep. Julie Hamos has produced a new television ad highlighting her work protecting battered women. Hamos was a co-founder of the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Watch it:

Onto some policy disputes. The two front-runners, Hamos and Dan Seals, issued sharply contrasting statements about the escalation in Afghanistan yesterday. Like U.S. Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias, Hamos defended the president's decision to send 30,000 additional troops to the war-torn country, emphasizing the importance of the deadline on which troops would begin withdrawing from the region. From the Tribune:

"This whole speech was about, ‘How do we end this war?’" Hamos said, adding she trusted the recommendation of military officials like Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who requested the surge a while ago. "We have to believe that they know what they’re doing."

Dan Seals was less sanguine about the military's prospects in Afghanistan, suggesting that President Obama's proposal more closely resembles "nation building" than a targeted mission:

"I think it takes us away from our core mission," said Seals, who defined the goal as targeted special forces strikes against al-Qaida fighters. He also said he doubted the stability of any Afghani government after the U.S. departure. "The fight against terrorism is going to be a long-term struggle."

The two also appeared to differ on the issue of extending the Bush-era tax cuts on the wealthy. Seals argued that it would not be wise to strip tax relief during a recession and Hamos suggested she may oppose continuing the tax breaks, particularly if doing so would increase the national debt. (It undoubtedly would.)

Lastly, both campaigns got tangled up in a strange email altercation two days ago. Capitol Fax covered the basics of the dispute yesterday, which began when candidate Elliot Richardson issued a fundraising blast that criticized both his opponents. Specifically, he claimed that Hamos does not live in the 10th district (she does now), and he claimed she has a poor record on civil rights and supporting Israel. The Hamos team then sent out this rejoinder yesterday morning:

While Julie is releasing great news this week, one of her opponents has resorted to outright lies to get ahead. This week, he sent out a fundraising email to his supporters with more than a few false claims, such as:

- Julie isn't a resident of the 10th District
- Julie isn't a strong supporter of Israel
- Julie doesn't have a record of fighting for civil rights

These blatant lies are meant to mislead the residents of the 10th, but we know better.

That the Hamos email did not cite Richardson explicitly irked the Seals campaign, who thought their rivals were deliberately vague so as to leave open the opportunity that voters would interpret the "opponent" as Seals himself. Shortly thereafter, Seals issued his own email to supporters:

Our opponents continue to spread outright lies about our campaign. One opponent sent out a campaign e-mail on Tuesday attacking Dan and another candidate. This other candidate then sent out an e-mail today. We’ve now received multiple e-mails and phone calls from people who, based on her e-mail, think that Dan made these false claims.

It is simply not true.

As we mentioned before, our opponents are bound to do anything. It’s time to stop the “he said, she said” political pettiness. Enough is enough already.

Fighting vagueness with more vagueness ...

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