ALTON — State Rep. Dan Beiser (D-Alton) issued the following statement after political operatives tied to Gov. Bruce Rauner and Beiser’s opponent in the November election, Mike Babcock, launched misleading negative political attack ads criticizing Beiser’s recent effort to stand up for working families and support additional state resources for area schools.
“It’s really disheartening that Governor Rauner and his political allies are already trying to mislead voters about the toxic political environment they’ve created in Springfield. While I maintain my pledge to work with Democrats and Republicans to find a compromise to move Illinois forward, Governor Rauner, and his political recruit, Mike Babcock, are continuing their assault on working families, the frail elderly, breast cancer patients, sexual assault victims, disabled children and small businesses.
“To be clear, the education plan I supported brings millions of additional dollars to area schools so our students can have the education they deserve, while the Rauner-Babcock plan funnels our hard-earned tax dollars to the reckless politicians of Chicago and wealthy Chicago suburban school districts.
“Governor Rauner has held our state hostage for over a year in an attempt to pass his dangerous political agenda, which harms working families by attacking the good, well-paying jobs of our community. Now Rauner has recruited Mike Babcock to lead this assault right here in our area and stab his own neighbors in their backs.
“The Rauner-Babcock team’s misleading distortions of the truth at a time when they should share my focus on compromise and moving Illinois forward highlights their belief that politics come before the people of our area. I won’t be bullied into making shortsighted decisions that will hurt workers, move good jobs from our area and harm the elderly.
“I’ll continue to work with all parties to find a compromise and get our state moving in the right direction again, and I won’t let wealthy politicians and their political henchmen destroy our area and our jobs to help their big business allies.”
For information, please email Beiserforrep@gmail.com.