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Democrats Hit Chicago Airwaves for Key House Race

Dold, right, is a Republican from Illinois. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Dold, right, is a Republican from Illinois. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Freshman Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., released a new ad Tuesday, attacking his GOP opponent on the Chicago airwaves.  

Schneider and former Rep. Bob Dold, a Republican, are locked in a rematch in the 10th District, located north of Chicago. The race is rated a Tossup  by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.  

The Democrats’ spot, provided first to CQ Roll Call, is backed by a six-figure buy on the Windy City’s broadcast stations paid for by the candidate and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  

“Some things anyone can see, like Bob Dold and the Republicans in Washington,” a narrator says in the 30-second spot. “Dold and the Republicans voted to end the Medicare guarantee, voted to allow oil drilling in Lake Michigan, and want to raise the retirement age for Social Security. They even voted to defund Planned Parenthood.”  

Schneider defeated Dold in 2012 by a 1-point margin, under-performing President Barack Obama’s 16-point victory in the district that same year. This cycle, Republicans are bullish they can defeat Schneider. They argue Democratic voter drop-off in a midterm year, coupled with a well-financed ground operation from the Republican gubernatorial nominee, Bruce Rauner, gives Dold an edge.  

Schneider also recently made CQ Roll Call’s list of the 10 most vulnerable House members .  

Democrats, including Schneider, are looking to paint Dold as a part of a House Republican Caucus steered by the tea party — a group that’s unpopular in this Democratic-leaning district. Dold has tried to counter those accusations in his own spot by painting himself as a more moderate Republican.  

Outside groups are also spending heavily in the 10th District.  

Crossroads GPS, the issue advocacy group run by former White House Aide Karl Rove, spent $640,000 on ads attacking Schneider at the end of August. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has also spent $500,000 boosting Dold’s candidacy.  

House Majority PAC, a super PAC that boosts Democrats, also plans to spent more than $600,000 on the airwaves here in the lead up to the race.  

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee are slated to go up with millions on Chicago broadcast in the final two weeks of the race, likely making this one of the most expensive House contests of the cycle.  

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