The Campaign Spot

It’s Official: Schilling Wants a Rematch in Illinois

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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