After Republicans complained of political ads that attack their candidates for state House races, Democrats say what’s “good for the goose is good for the gander.” State Rep. Elaine Nekritz (D-Northbrook) says she has been the victim of some nasty ads this political season. “Frankly they’re sending out pieces calling me the captain of the Titanic, the pilot of the Hindenburg and the engineers at Chernobyl, and so I think the pot is calling the kettle black there,” Nekritz says.
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She says if Republicans are going to be over the top with their ads, they can’t point the finger and say it’s one sided. “I think it’s, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander in this one,” Nekritz said. Republicans this week complained that Democrats were sending out campaign mailers misrepresenting Republican candidates – claiming that they could have direct impact on laws and programs at the federal level. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) says Republicans are doing their fair share of negative ads and are using money to try and “bury” one Democratic congressional candidate. “Here comes this group out of Texas to spend $2.5 million to quote – bury Tammy Duckworth – closed quote. What a miserable choice of words for a disabled veteran who survived an attack in Iraq, and you know that sort of thing I guess is to be expected, but it doesn’t do us proud,” Durbin said.
Durbin believes that most voters will tune out the negative ads. The attack ads as well as misleading ads are likely to continue up to Election Day.