Wednesday, October 3, 2012
GOP Rep Candidate Blasts Dem Contributions To Independent Foe
"In-kind donations are cash," said McSweeney spokesman Jim Thacker. "That doesn't count what's in the pipeline, either" he added. Indeed, later Tuesday Beubien disclosed another $11,000 worth of campaign mailings on her behalf by the Democratic Party of Illinois.
"Dee Beaubien’s continued claims of being an 'independent' are an insult to the voters of the 52nd District," said McSweeney in a news release. Beaubien didn't return a call for comment.
As important as the political contributions, however, Beaubien, from Barrington, last month gave herself $87,000 of her own money. In contrast, McSweeney, from Barrington Hills, has only given himself $75,000 since March. On the other hand, last month, he pulled in $96,000 in contributions mostly from well-to-do neighbors and some business organizations.
Thanks to remapping. the 52nd District for November will swing way south to include eastern Algonquin and Lake in the Hills where most voters don't know either candidate. Neither has much of a record, anyway, since McSweeney's only public office was as a Palatine Township Trustee while Beaubien's claim to political fame is as the widow of the late Republican 52nd District Rep. Mark Beaubien.
In the absence of any clear voter picture, both candidates have been painting unflattering portraits of each other with a flood of mass mailings. Beaubien's thrust has been that McSweeney's a right-wing radical. McSweeney's has been that Beaubien's a Democratic Fifth Columnist.
In the pic: The 52nd State Rep. District in November.