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Campaign Intensifies for Schneider, Dold

Candidates focus on voters and message knowing outside groups may spend millions.

and his Democratic challenger in the Nov. 6 election, , spent the weekend meeting voters knowing the hardest part of their campaign lies ahead.

They already realize the campaign will be one of the most closely contested, watched and expensive in the country. They also understand in addition to the money they raise much will be spent by their national parties and potentially even more may come from outside groups exempt from legal spending limits.

Schneider had to combat the efforts of left leaning groups like during his primary campaign against three other candidates. The groups flooded 10th District mailboxes with advertising criticizing some of Schneider’s political donations.

“The primary showed us how the district will react to outside influences,” Schneider said Saturday at the opening of his Northbrook Campaign office. “The positive message will make the difference. I’m learning to live in a fish bowl. This will keep me focused.”

Dold recognizes there is nothing he can do about any money that may be spent on the race by special interest groups free from the donation limits that bind him and Schneider. He intends to focus on his record since starting his term in January, 2011.

“We have no control over that,” Dold said of the outside groups while greeting people at the Chicago Jewish Festival Sunday in Morton Grove. “What we can do is focus on what we have been doing the past 17 months, on the things that can be done for the people.”

Dold, who stressed his centrist, bipartisan approach to governance, said people were asking him questions about jobs, the economy and student loans. Moments later, Myrna Milstein of Buffalo Grove and her son, Mike Milstein, walked up to Dold.

“What’s important to us are student loans,” Myrna Milstein said. She and her son wore stickers supporting the reelection of President Barack Obama. “We want them (the interest rates) to stay low. I have two kids in college.”

Dold agrees. “We want to keep student loan interest rates low,” he said. “We passed it out of the House and it’s in the Senate.” The bill passed the lower chamber with a bipartisan majority, according to Dold.

The paths of Schneider and Dold nearly crossed Sunday at the Chicago Jewish Festival. They both had booths staffed with people all day.

Dold, who was at an event in Lake Villa Saturday, was at the Festival in the morning before attending a meet and greet in Glencoe later in the day. Schneider, who also had a full day weekend of campaigning, got to Morton Grove in the afternoon.

“I wanted to be there for the tribute to Debbie Friedman,” Schneider said. “We all grew up with Debbie Friedman’s songs.”

Friedman, who died at 59 17 months ago, is responsible for much of the music played and sung in Jewish liturgy today, according to Nancy Landsman. Landsman, who was at the Festival, is the cantor at Glencoe’s Congregation Am Shalom. “I studied with her, she taught me Hebrew,” Landsman said.

Louis G. Atsaves June 14, 2012 at 03:43 PM
That same study also shows the poor and the wealthiest amongst us also getting hit with what is described as wealth reduction at the same rates. Clearly the poorest amongst us can absorb those losses the least and have been hurt the hardest. The two areas where wealth has declined is in real estate values and stocks. I know no one wants to really address the decline in our standards of living the past four years, particularly amongst those who fall below middle class standards and the middle class, but let's all get real here. President "everything is fine" Obama is seriously out of touch! This nation has a serious problem and mealy mouth proposals to "tax the 1%" are not going to fix them. All governments, federal, state and local continue to nibble around the edges when it comes to cutting back on their sizes and expenditures. Which governments are reducing to the tune of 40%? The spend, spend, spend days of yesterday really don't apply now. How can you tax seriously decreased wealth and hope to spend your way out of this economic mess? Clearly we need a new President and we need to continue the revolution started in 2010 when a large number of congressmen and senators who were blind spend-a-holics were tossed out of office. Seriously, Schneider is backing a return of spend-spend-spend Nancy Pelosi to power? Cuts are painful. Failing to cut back will be astronomically painful! Ask Greece and other European nations!
Louis G. Atsaves June 14, 2012 at 03:45 PM
When? Yesterday? This week? Does giving up some ideological ground mean he broke with Grover Norquist or was he speaking generally? Norquist isn't the problem. The huge drop in personal wealth in the USA is! (See my comments above)
RB June 14, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Louis, I know the Republican position of Trickle Down Economics. It has not worked for 11 years. Where are the jobs? We need both tax reform (including ending tax loopholes that Grover Norquist forbids), and reasonable spending cuts. The Ryan budget, as an example, calls for cutting $billions from nutrition support right when we have all this unemployment and home foreclosure. This is the wrong time to cut the heart out of food support. Now is when we need it! The stock market is up 15% so don't point to that as 'pain'. If the wealthy 1% had lost 40% of their wealth there would be hearings about it, and the wealthy would be rioting at the Country Club, instead of pulling Chase Bank in for a show hearing. Bush 41 raised taxes to save the country and lost an election because of it, but sacrificed ideology. Bush 43 cut taxes and spent money like there was no tomorrow. Now, the Republicans and Democrats have to work together to fix the mess. Ideology before country is going out of style fast. You continually take a partisan position and I understand why, but there's more important things than just electing Republicans.
Louis G. Atsaves June 14, 2012 at 05:38 PM
RB, I am citing the study. The current stock market condition is still below what it was four years ago. Your point about "trickle down" economics doesn't address the loss of personal wealth and the fact that government cannot demand more and thus spend more or keep spending levels the same from individuals who have far less than they did four years ago.
RB June 14, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Louis, respectfully, the wealthy have increased their wealth over the past 2 decades while the middle class has dropped in wealth and income. Trickle Down increased the wealth of the rich and decreased it for the middle class. The last decade, we fought two wars and did not pay for them. Paying for them by cutting services, as in the Ryan budget, at exactly the wrong time won't work. Yes, we need some reduced spending in some areas. We also need to fix our infrastructure, pay for the wars and get job growth back. Cutting taxes for the wealthy has not worked for the middle class in the past, and it won't work in the future. The theory of growing the economy with even lower taxes and less regulation along with cutting services for the shrinking middle class is wrong for us. 70% of the new tax cut you guys want will go to the wealthy, not the middle class. Cut education, nutrition support, health research, financial aid and clean energy.....and cut taxes for the wealthy. Wrong for America,

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