Many voters across Illinois will get their first taste of 2006 campaign advertising today, as Ron Gidwitz, a Republican candidate for governor, starts broadcasting paid ads eight months before the March primary election.No, but he's about to play one on TV.
Ron's not a career politician," said Terri Hickey, spokeswoman for the 60-year-old Chicagoan...
She said it will be a "substantial buy," including 60-second radio ads and 30-second TV ads. They are running in nine markets: Chicago; Springfield; Decatur; Champaign; Peoria; Bloomington; Rockford; Paducah, Ky.; Quincy; and Hannibal, Mo., she said.
Oh, and there's this:
The new ads have been produced by media consultant Chris Mottola, who has worked on campaigns of other Republicans including New York Gov. George Pataki and U.S. Sens. Gordon Smith of Oregon, Conrad Burns of Montana and Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania.Also the George W. Bush 2004 campaign (scroll way down). Mottola operates out of Philadelphia, PA by the way.
So as long as we are starting early, let me throw out the first bit of demagoguery: why, Mr. Gidwitz, did you have to go out of state to have your ads produced? Why not do your business right here in the state of Illinois? You know, the state you want to lead. I happen to know there are many fine, very professional organizations based in Chicago (Illinois!) that could have done a fine job for you and the money would have stayed here. How 'bout it Mr. Gidwitz, why do you hate Illinois?