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Early Poll Puts Schilling in Dead Heat in Comeback Bid



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Friends of Bobby Schilling, the one-term Illinois Republican congressman who aims to win back his old seat in 2014, send along this unsurprising but pleasant bit of polling news:

A new Capitol Fax/We Ask America poll found Cheri Bustos is just barely ahead of the man she defeated in 2012. The poll of 1,496 likely voters taken yesterday had Bustos ahead by a single point, 45-44. The poll’s margin of error was +/- 2.68 percent, so this is anybody’s game. 22 percent of the polling universe was made up of mobile phone users.

Bustos has a three-point, 45-42 lead over Schilling among women and trails Schilling 45-48 among men. Schilling is doing better among Republicans (83 percent) than Bustos is doing among Democrats (79 percent), so the incumbent could boost her lead by focusing a little more on her base. However, Schilling leads Bustos among independents 51-34.

In 2010, Schilling beat incumbent Democratic representative Phil “I don’t care about the Constitution” Hare. Schilling did beat him, rather handily, 52 percent to 42 percent.

Then Illinois’s state legislators set out to redraw the lines of the state’s 17th congressional district, and Schilling saw his district shift dramatically: It added parts of Rockford and Peoria and lost Quincy, Decatur, and Springfield. Under the tougher lines, and with home-state President Obama at the top of the ticket, Schilling lost, 53 percent to 47 percent, to Democrat Bustos.

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It’s Official: Schilling Wants a Rematch in Illinois



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Before the July 4 holiday, former representative Bobby Schilling’s comeback bid looked likely; today, it’s official:

Bobby Schilling announced today that he would seek a rematch against incumbent Congresswoman Cheri Bustos for the 17th Congressional District seat. Schilling said that his campaign would focus on fighting for middle class families and their values.

“As a father, husband, employer and laborer, I can tell you that the middle class is falling further behind,” said Schilling. “The people of Illinois deserve a member of Congress who understands their worries and values, and leads by example. To combat unemployment, stagnant wages and rising prices, the middle class is going to need a lot more than just lip-service and rhetoric. We’re going to need a leader from and for the middle class, who puts people ahead of politics and self-promotion.”

Schilling said Illinois families need a representative who understands the plight of the middle class and that incumbent Congresswoman Bustos has been absent on that front.

“The middle class is getting crushed by rising prices, stagnant wages and a government that has forgotten about them,” said Schilling. “Not only are our groceries and gas prices going up, but our health care premiums in Illinois are estimated to rise at least 61% because of Obamacare. Incumbent Congresswoman Bustos has proven during her time in Washington that she doesn’t understand or feel the pain of middle class families. We need a true representative fighting for us in Washington and incumbent Congresswoman Cheri Bustos has refused to act.”

Schilling said that Congresswoman Bustos has failed even basic duties like supporting a federal budget plan to get our country back on the right path.

“We’ve got such a lack of leadership right now, that our incumbent Congresswoman refused to even support a budget,” said Schilling. “Supporting a budget or presenting your own is your basic duty while being a member of Congress. If you can’t support a budget to get our country back on the right track, then you didn’t go to Washington for anything but self-promotion.”

Schilling will embark on a campaign roll out of his announcement and continue on a 14 county “Middle Class Families” listening tour.

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Will We See a Bobby Schilling Comeback Bid?



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Way back in spring 2010, I declared that Republican Bobby Schilling of Illinois could beat incumbent Democratic representative Phil “I don’t care about the Constitution” Hare. Schilling did beat him, rather handily, 52 percent to 42 percent.

Then Illinois’s state legislators set out to redraw the district lines, and Schilling saw his district shift dramatically: It added parts of Rockford and Peoria and lost Quincy, Decatur, and Springfield. Under the tougher lines, and with home-state President Obama at the top of the ticket, Schilling lost, 53 percent to 47 percent, to Democrat Cheri Bustos.

Schilling is apparently close to deciding on whether to run again:

The Rock Island Republican Party hosted a barbeque in Peterson Park. In addition to burgers and brats, there was music and games.

The barbeque was also a chance for people to meet local elected officials. One of the people at the barbeque was former Congressman Bobby Schilling who says he’s leaning toward running for Congress in Illinois’s 17th Congressional District against Democrat Cheri Bustos.

“There are a lot of promises that were made that aren’t being kept. I’ve had a lot of, of course Republicans and I’ve had a lot of Democrats come to me and say, hey you’ve got to take her out in the off year,” said Bobby Schilling.

Schilling says he plans to make an announcement Monday at 4:30.

His comeback bid will be helped if Cheri Bustos says she doesn’t care about the Constitution.

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