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Schakowsky Rips Cantor, Dold

As Cantor campaigns with Dold today, Schakowsky questions North Shore Congressman’s moderate claims.

A visit by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) today to boost the campaign of Rep. Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth) prompted Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Evanston) to question Dold’s stance as a moderate Republican.

Dold is running for reelection against Democratic candidate Brad Schneider of Deerfield. The Republican running against Schakowsky is Tim Wolfe of Arlington Heights.

Cantor will headline a fundraiser for Dold today at a private Highland Park home and take some time with the North Shore Congressman at his Highland Park campaign office to join a phone bank sponsored by the Republican Jewish Coalition.

 “Eric Cantor is really the ideological leader of the Tea Party group (in Congress),” Schakowsky said. “His approach kept (House Speaker John) Boehner (R-OH) from passing a transportation bill.” Dold is not a member of the Tea Party caucus.

Dold’s association with Cantor makes Schakowsky question the moderate credentials Dold champions and has led to endorsements from both the Chicago Tribune and the Daily Herald.

“He (Dold) is a radical in moderate clothing. He is exposing who he really is when he hitches up with Eric Cantor,” Schakowsky said. “He (Cantor) is the one who pulls the rug out from under him (Boehner),” she added referring to times Cantor has used Tea Party leverage to nullify deals made with Democrats.

Neither Dold, Cantor nor their campaigns responded to calls or emails from Patch to respond to Schakowsky’s comment.

Schakowsky was critical of Cantor when leadership of the House and Senate, including Cantor, reached an agreement with President Barack Obama to increase the debt ceiling in August. Cantor then listened to members of the Tea Party caucus and pulled the plug on the deal, according to Schakowsky.

“Eric Cantor was willing to put the full faith and credit of the United States of America on the line for his fiscal madness,” Schakowsky said. She criticized Dold for going along. “He (Dold) is no (Sen. Mark) Kirk (R-Highland Park). He is much closer to Eric Cantor.”

Tim Wolfe October 13, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Just the other day the Daily Herald wrote in their endorsement of the current Congresswoman that they hoped Ms. Schakowsky would be less partisan in the future. Oops. Maybe the Daily Herald should have endorsed Tim Wolfe. The Chicago Tribune did. We need A New Direction for the New 9th. Vote Wolfe. Tim Wolfe Candidate, US Congress, IL 9th District www.TimWolfeforCongress.com
TakeBackIllinois October 18, 2012 at 05:11 PM
In watching Ms. Schakowsky's interviews, and reading her own words, it it almost if she is representing the old pre-Gorbachev Politiburo instead of her Congressional District. Whether a person votes as an Independent, Democrat or Republican in the 9th Congressional District, the voters in the 9th Congressional district all live in Illinois! Ms. Schakowky's out-of-touch, polarizing ideology has done absolutely nothing to create private sector jobs and small business growth, right here in the Illinois 9th Congressional District. There is an opportunity to start re-building Illinois' fiscal future on November 6th; and it starts with having the courage and conviction to vote this extremely polarizing ideologue out of office.Split your ticket, if necessary, but this is important.
HOLLY SIGMAN October 18, 2012 at 06:14 PM
I got to know Jan by listening to her comments On Don Wade and Roma radio show.She is a shill for obama and the dems.
John November 05, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Will Jan Schakowsky be retired tomorrow? For the sake of future generations, I hope so!
McCloud February 05, 2013 at 09:12 PM
The Congressional Budget Office's just-released economic forecast for 2013 is dispiriting, to say the least. The GDP is expected to grow by only 1.4%, the unemployment rate will "stay near" 8%, the deficit will reach $845 billion, and ObamaCare will cost 7 million their health insurance.

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