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Blog Featured: Letter to Rep. Bob Dold’s National GOP Supporters


National Republican Congressional Committee
320 First St., SE
Washington, DC 20003

America Rising PAC
P.O. Box 17251
Arlington, VA 22216

Dear Rep. Dold’s National Republican Supporters:

Welcome to Illinois’ 10th Congressional District! Based on your tweetstorm earlier this week, it’s clear you’re interested in our area. Your eagerness to help Republican Bob Dold keep his seat in Congress certainly clarifies things for voters, but your misconception about the 10th District is disconcerting.

It might be difficult to understand from Washington, DC, and Virginia, so we’ll help you—there is no “civil war” here. Democrats are choosing someone to once again reflect the values of the people of the 10th District. And, as you know firsthand, right-wing Republican political groups are united behind Bob Dold.

As the campaign heats up, don’t be discouraged if Bob Dold ignores you publicly while boasting about, as the very group in Washington tasked with electing more Republicans to Congress says, “independent and thoughtful leadership.” (Yes, it’s weird, NRCC, how you and his strategists use the same slogan!) Dold worked for Dan Quayle, Bob Dole, and even a Republican-led House Committee. He’s a GOP operative at heart, and he affirmed his loyalty when he signed that secret contract with the NRCC last year.

The same goes for you, America Rising PAC. You were created by staffers who tried to elect Mitt Romney in 2012. You supported climate change denier Joni Ernst (R-IA) in her 2014 Senate bid. You’re working to put a Republican in the White House in 2016. Now, Dold never mentions it, but he’s voted for the Ryan budget, against the Affordable Care Act, and even blocked a gun control bill he claims to support. He won’t say it, but he’s with you just like you’re with him.

Hopefully this helps. Feel free to say hi the next time you’re here. We have lots of wonderful restaurants and parks you’ve probably never visited. You should try them if you decide to help Republican Bob Dold in person. Otherwise, enjoy tweeting about the 10th District from Washington, DC, and Virginia.


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Tenth Congressional District Democrats

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Blog: Republican Dold Deserves To Give Party’s Response To State Of The Union Address

10250109_10152345788268756_7152906309193537781_nHighland Park, IL — Why won’t the Republican Party let Congressman Bob Dold give the GOP response to President Obama’s State of the Union address tonight? What he lacks in gravitas, Dold makes up for with deep partisan roots.

Nowadays, Dold either painfully avoids mentioning his unpopular political party or talks as if all he did was flip a coin to decide which party’s ticket to run on. But that’s preposterous. Dold worked for Vice President Dan Quayle and then on Bob Dole’s failed campaign to retake the White House for Republicans.

Then Dold joined other Republicans obsessed with investigating the Clintons as part of a congressional committee so reckless that it managed to embarrass even Newt Gingrich. When the Chairman of Dold’s committee (Rep. Dan Burton (R-IN)) wasn’t busy shooting watermelons to desperately prove a conspiracy theory about Hillary Clinton murdering her friend who actually had committed suicide, he was wasting taxpayer money on heavily-edited tapes to show that she was guilty of yet a different crime (The Washington Post, 1/31/12).

What more does Dold need to do to prove his Republican party loyalty, sign a secret contract? Well, he did that last year (The Washington Post, 9/3/15).

If the Republican Party wants a committed partisan to give its response to the President’s State of the Union address, it would do the right thing and let Bob Dold give it.

Blog Featured: 2015 Annual Awards Dinner

Every year, we celebrate 10th District volunteer accomplishments with a dinner and awards ceremony. This year’s event was a big success! A standing room only crowd of more than 125 included candidates and elected officials from our area, last week in Deerfield.

Scroll down for photos from last week — then chip in $35 or more to be a part of this in 2016.

Co-Chair Bonnie Berger-Neel (pictured below) and Communications Director Eric Herman were recognized for their hard work organizing volunteers and preparing Tenth Dems communications for next year’s elections.

Keynote Speaker David Yepsen — who The Washington Post called the “King of the Iowa Caucuses” — kept the audience engaged with stories from his three decades reporting on Iowa politics at The Des Moines Register. He is currently director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University, which you can follow on Facebook.

One message was echoed throughout the night: Tenth Dems volunteers accomplished a lot in 2015 — but there’s still more work to do.

We need to continue to register voters, recruit volunteer leaders, and keep a spotlight on Republicans Mark Kirk and Bob Dold’s double-talk.

Reserve your 2016 Tenth Dems membership so local Democrats have the resources they need in the new year.

Also: Check out more photos from the fundraiser on Facebook.

Blog: Rising Stars To Help Local Democrats Open New Office

Highland Park — On Saturday, June 6, from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm, the Tenth Congressional District Democrats (Tenth Dems) will open its new office in Grayslake. It will be located on 20 N. Whitney St. in Grayslake, with the entrance off the alley. Additional parking is available in the lot on the corner. Guest speakers will include rising stars State Treasurer Mike Frerichs (newly-elected) and State Senator Daniel Biss, often mentioned as a possible candidate for statewide office. Refreshments will be served.

State Treasurer Mike Frerichs was inaugurated in January after serving four terms as a state senator from the Champaign area. In a difficult year for a lot of Democrats, Frerichs won statewide in one of the closest elections in Illinois history. Frerichs served in Springfield with State Senator Daniel Biss who represents parts of the 10th District. Biss previously served as State Representative.

Tenth Dems is a grassroots organization that elects Democrats at all levels within Illinois’ 10th Congressional District.

For more information or to sign up, visit, email, or call (847) 266-VOTE (8683).

Blog Featured: Mark Kirk Meltdown: From “Coffins” To Clean Bill?

After Mark Kirk took heat for his inflammatory remarks that Republicans “should build a number of coffins outside each Democratic office”if there was a terror attack during a potential DHS shutdown and that “all the dead Americans from [an attack] should be laid at the feet of the Democratic caucus,” it seems he has changed his tune after seeing some brutal poll numbers.

A new poll yesterday showed that voters in Illinois and several other key Senate battleground states were inclined to vote against Kirk and others who are driving the government towards a potential DHS shutdown. 47% of Illinois voters said they’d be less likely to vote for Kirk for tying DHS funding to immigration policy.

After seeing the polling, Kirk now “generally agrees with the Democratic position.”

Is he serious?

“After despicably remarking just yesterday that Republicans should build fake coffins in the event of a terrorist attack to score political points, Mark Kirk is clearly floundering as he attempts to change his tune on a clean DHS funding bill,” said Sadie Weiner, National Press Secretary at the DSCC. “Apparently it takes a day of bad headlines and some brutal poll numbers to convince Mark Kirk to stop being irresponsible, but the fact remains that Kirk has been along for the ride as the GOP majority has plowed ahead with absolutely no plan to fund DHS. Illinois families deserve better than a Senator like Mark Kirk who callously lobs political attacks in the face of a DHS shutdown then changes his tune the moment he fears for his reelection.”