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My eyebrows were raised by the recent US Action mailer attempting to equate Brad Schneider with criminals, complete with depictions of a yellow crime scene tape and a chalk outline of a body.

Brad's response is on the Internet, and apparently on cable: See below the fold.

This ad has its own amusing qualities. It begins "Who is Ilya Sheyman?" Oh, puleeze. It's not like he's a member of organized crime. He's a kid from the district. The "special interest groups" to which Brad refers are nothing more than the groups I have mentioned, DFA, US Action, PDA and PCCC. While I think these groups have seriously miscalculated our district, they are not evil corporate or crazy religious groups seeking to empty the Treasury and end America as we know it. They're progressive groups that probably represent the very people whose votes Brad seeks, and endorse outcomes on issues that Brad claims he endorses himself.

Then, Brad's ad goes on and proves Ilya's main point (when all the nonsense is stripped away and you get to the meat of the argument) by listing his endorsements, including Melissa Bean and Susan Garrett, a couple of the most right-wing Democrats around. The Tribune and Herald endorsements further prove the point.

For his part, Ilya Sheyman has a cable ad out and I dispute a point.

Sheyman claims he (he personally) organized 5 million Americans. I sort of doubt he personally organized 5 million Americans. I doubt there are 5 million members of the local Chicago area Moveon, perhaps nationally, but locally? I don't think so. Further, as I have written many times before, this was not Real health care reform. Moveon fought real health care reform, fought single payer, Medicare for All, reform in favor of what the Obama Administration sought to add a feather to its cap without offending the health insurance industry. Some of Sheyman's supporters have said I'm being unfair when I tag Ilya with Moveon's action. My point is that Ilya is taking credit for Moveon's national response to health care reform. I'm only tagging him with what his very own local branch did.

In the meantime, John Tree's chances of winning have surged. People all over the district are writing on Facebook and on local blogs that they've switched to Tree. Tree, 45, works part time at the Pentagon as the Senior Reservist to the Director of Global Combat Support for the U.S. Air Force. He is also a civilian businessman and has worked for Kellogg's, Keebler, a small granola company and now a health food consulting company that he built from the ground up. Tree is a credible candidate both on his experience and his progressive credentials.

District Democrats have a choice. They can follow the clown car off the cliff, or they can jump out, hang on to a branch and vote for the strong, sturdy and stable Tree. John Tree is our best choice for Congress.


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  •  Tip Jar (2+ / 0-)
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    Lujane, shenderson

    Using my free speech while I still have it.

    by ebgill on Wed Mar 14, 2012 at 06:15:59 PM PDT

  •  more and better democrats (2+ / 0-)
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    So where does Tree stand relative to Sheyman on the issues?  What are his progressive credentials?  Proof,  please?

    All it takes is security in your own civil rights to make you complacent.

    by Dave in Northridge on Wed Mar 14, 2012 at 06:21:03 PM PDT

    •  Tree is progressive, maybe more than Sheyman (1+ / 0-)
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      Sheyman recites the progressive mantra well, but when it came down to it on health care, he did more to attack single payer advocates than anything. Now he say's he's for single payer. Tree is a strong person with the goods to back it up. He wants to cut military spending, but he is in the military, so when he says it, it means more. He wants a jobs and infrastructure bill. He is the best of all the candidates on the environment because he knows a lot about it. Sheyman talks the talk, but Tree walks the walk.

      Using my free speech while I still have it.

      by ebgill on Wed Mar 14, 2012 at 06:28:02 PM PDT

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    •  note the OP gave no supporting facts lol (0+ / 0-)

      military industrial complex candidate

      Msongs batik, digital design, photography, songwriting

      by Msongs on Wed Mar 14, 2012 at 08:29:31 PM PDT

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  •  Ilya worked for OFA, not MoveOn (1+ / 0-)
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    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Wed Mar 14, 2012 at 06:25:46 PM PDT

  •  Yeah, but (0+ / 0-)

    how did they get my email address?  Who's giving these out?

    The fundamental cause of trouble in the world today is that the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell

    by dskoe on Wed Mar 14, 2012 at 06:54:56 PM PDT

  •  Missing Dan Seals yet? (0+ / 0-)

    Great post EBGill -

    Only that you failed to mention that Julie Hamos was also mentioned in the advertisement. Can the Seals voters of the 10th say Hamos yet? No? Well, we're all good democrats, and, of course, she wasn't progressive enough either. Isn't that right?

    All this talk of Ilya being a progressive and a community-oriented "bold" democrat makes me wonder where he was in 2010..... did Ilya endorse in that race? Did he work for the Seals campaign to put a democrat in the House that year? Did he mobilize for Seals? Was Seals just not progressive enough? Or was he just waiting for his time?

    Can't get enough of the tenth.

    •  Julie Hamos (0+ / 0-)

      I didn't forget. I decided to leave her out of it because she's now at the Illinois DHS and is out of the whole election thing. I don't think she lost the primary last time because of a progressive litmus test. She was pretty nasty to a whole lot of people and pretty indifferent to the rest. I wanted to support her at first, but when I went to her first event, she treated me like I was completely unimportant to her and left me with the impression that I should just go away, so I did and went back to Seals where at least my friends were. A lot of my friends were mad because she collected contributions from them based on a proposed AG run, not running against Dan and then she kept the money. They say Ilya was around in 2010, but I never saw him. First I saw of him was when he supposedly organized a group to Wisconsin last spring. I went and he did such a bad job that I took over the pre-organizing--getting maps for people and creating meeting points and a cell phone number list, all stuff he failed to do. Ilya's meeting point was an entire street and in that huge crowd, I knew no one would find anyone, so I picked an actual location. My friend and I split off from the group when Ilya led us out of the main parade and into a snow bank on a hill. Then, at another time, he left my 80 year old dad out in the cold and rain when my dad was working at Community Connection. Ilya failed to show up on a scheduled day. My dad is from the old school, when you say your're going to work, you go there and you're on time. Poor guy was waiting for Ilya. He called me on my cell and I hunted around for Ilya. I was not pleased. Ilya did call back later to apologize, but that didn't change the fact that my 80 year old father was out in the cold and rain waiting for him. They say Ilya is some great organizer, but I think he's getting a lot of help. I have also heard that the loyalty he's getting is because he's periodically asking volunteers to write out what they think the strategy should be. Even if you never use anything anyone else writes out, people love being asked. Remember when Obama had those convention platform meetings in 2008? He probably threw out the results, but people loved him for having them. It's all a scam in the end.

      Using my free speech while I still have it.

      by ebgill on Thu Mar 15, 2012 at 06:41:43 PM PDT

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