Democrats and Republicans agree on very little in today’s political arena—until now. Both parties find Illinois Republican gubernatorial challenger Jeanne Ives’ recent campaign ad in poor taste.
State Representative Jeanne Ives released the ad Saturday. In it, she labels Republican Governor Bruce Rauner “Benedict Rauner” and challenges his conservative credibility.
A series of actors pretend to be an “antifa” protester, a transgender woman, a Chicago teacher, and a feminist. The script calls for each caricature to thank Governor Rauner for enacting policies that furthered a supposed liberal agenda.
Interestingly, the ad cites several Illinois House bills. Representative Ives is herself a member of the governing body that created the laws Rauner signed.
The chairman of the Illinois Republican Party, Tim Schneider, directed Ives to pull the ad and issue an apology to the targeted communities.
(Ives’) campaign ad does not reflect who we are as the Party of Lincoln and as proud residents of our great and diverse state. She should pull down the ad and immediately apologize to the Illinoisans who were negatively portrayed in a cowardly attempt to stoke political division.”
— IL Republican Party (@ilgop) February 3, 2018
However Ives stands behind the ad, claiming that the state’s Republican party exists as an extension of Rauner’s campaign.
“Rauner betrayed Illinois conservatives. He and his paid-for mouthpieces don’t like his betrayals being illustrated and his radical left-wing social agenda being exposed,” according to Ives’ spokeswoman Kathleen Murphy.
Rauner is the one who owes Illinois families in general and conservatives, in particular, an apology.”
Reactions online appear largely in opposition to the ad, however some people approve of it. They represent the demographic Ives’ ad wanted to reach which signals success.
@JeanneIves is on the air. Watch her introductory TV spot. If we want a successful revolt against Illinois’ political ruling class, I suggest an Army officer ready to lead the charge is an easy choice over a Benedict Rauner who says he’s not in charge.https://t.co/p9dP4HHER5
— Dan Proft (@DanProft) February 2, 2018
However Ives’ ad is unlikely to sway people outside her targeted group where most view her ad as Pat Brady, former Illinois GOP chair, stated: “racist, bigoted and homophobic.”
This is the @JeanneIves and @DanProft we have known for years. There is no room in the Republican Party for racist, bigoted, homophobic candidates like her. We are better than @JeanneIves #twill https://t.co/f7Sdq2g4Us
— Pat Brady (@pat_brady) February 2, 2018
Have you folks seen the new Jeanne Ives campaign ad? We refuse to share it here. Despicable, racist, degrading. She should be ashamed.
— Flip the 6th IL (@FlipThe6thIL) February 3, 2018
I know there is outrage over @JeanneIves transphobic, racist, & xenophobic ad. But let’s also be clear. While @JeanneIves is blunt with her bigotry, @GovRauner has been saying some of the same things with code words. So let’s not make Bruce look tame. They’re both the same. https://t.co/cSLRF3mp48
— Ameya Pawar (@Ameya_Pawar_IL) February 3, 2018