I was more than a little disturbed right before the 2018 Primary Election when Governor Bruce Rauner spent millions on TV ads, plus I think I remember direct mail, to label opponent Jeanne Ives “Mike Madigan’s favorite Republican.”
Imagine my reaction when a robo-poll from the 6th District congressional campaign of his Lteutenant Governor, Evelyn Sanguinetti , used the same pitch on the Sunday before last.
The recording started off neutral enough asking demographic information and political leanings and whether I thought favorably about Donald Trump, Bruce Rauner, Evelyn Sanguinetti and Jeanne Ives.
Recently announced 6th District candidate Jay Kinzler was not mentioned, perhaps because he did not make his decision to run public until the week of the poll. In any event, it seemed that there was time between Kinzler’s announcement and the poll to insert his name.
Then it asked about the importance of issues, most of which are listed below:
- Law enforcement
- National security
- Fiscal (spending, taxes, budget)
Next there were three combinations of characteristices for a Republican congressional candidate from which one was to be selected:
- Conservative and Pro-Choice
- Conservative and Pro-life
- Pro-Life and moral
I may not have the categories exactly correct, but you get the picture.
A question about what kind of a Republican I was came next:
- Traditional Republican
- Tea Party Republican
- Trump Republican
Concentrating on Sanguinetti and Ives, three push poll questions were asked.
A “push poll” question is one which provides background information, negative about the candidate not favored by the group financing the survey, and then asks which candidate one would vote for.
The first had to do with Sanguinett’s Hispanic background and her being the first such Lieutenent Governor in the United States.
The second claimed that Sanguinetti “spent ten years fighting Mike Madigan,” while (apparently because of contributions from the same union source) Jeanne Ives “is Mike Madigan’s favorite Republican.”
The third pointed out that Sanguinetti was a first generation American, her family having fled from Castro’s Cuba and that she “opposes AOC and the Squad.”
The survey came from Public Opinion Research, 630-360-8310.
There was no indication of who paid for the polling, except from the context of the questions.
I reached out to Sanguinetti herself, then, the next day, to her press person asking if her campaign paid for the calls.
The Sangruinetti campaign confirmed that it financed the survey research.
Rauner’s BIG LIE was widely condemned when Rauner spent millions spreading it around:
- Daily Herald: https://www.dailyherald.com/discuss/20180308/slusher-deceptive-political-ads-grow-because-voters-let-them
- Eric zorn: https://www.chicagotribune.com/columns/eric-zorn/ct-perspec-zorn-rauner-ives-lies-20180313-story.html
- Greg Hinz: https://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20180222/NEWS02/180229943/illinois-governor-election-bruce-rauner-aims-to-hit-jeanne-ives-but-undermines-his-integrity
John Kass: https://www.chicagotribune.com/columns/john-kass/ct-met-illinois-elections-kass-0304-story.html
- Scott Reeder: https://qconline.com/opinion/columnists/rauner-s-big-lie-about-ives/article_2079139f-1ed6-5ca3-94d4-40efec964ea6.html
- BGA: https://www.bettergov.org/news/fact-check-rauner-s-head-spinning-claim-that-arch-conservative-opponent-jeanne-ives-is-a-mike/
- Politifact: https://www.politifact.com/illinois/statements/2018/mar/05/bruce-rauner/rauners-head-spinning-claim-arch-conservative-oppo/
- National Review: https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/rauners-latest-dishonest-attack-on-conservative-challenger-ives/
That same line of attack is showing up so early in the Sanguinetti campaign is sad.
Why would Sanguinetti go so blantantly and falsely negative so early in the campaign?
Does it indicate that Ives is really far ahead of Sanguinetti?
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The reconstruction of the robo-poll comes from my notes and those of another 6th District resident.