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Updates: Bob Dold, Stop Supporting Donald Trump

10250109_10152345788268756_7152906309193537781_nDouble Talk Dold’s actions don’t match his campaign season rhetoric

Deerfield, IL — The Tenth Congressional District Democrats (Tenth Dems) calls on Congressman Bob Dold to stop supporting Donald Trump. Voters turned off by and fearful of the prospects of a Trump presidency want to know: What exactly is Bob Dold doing to stop Donald Trump? While he repeats a talking point that sounds significant, Bob Dold shows a troubling unwillingness to stop Trump.

Republican Bob Dold told the public that he can’t support Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, that he’ll write-in a mysterious other person. Just this past weekend, Dold was asked by radio host Bill Cameron who he was going to write-in for President. Bob Dold responded, “Well, I haven’t figured out who I’m going to write-in” (Connected to Chicago with Bill Cameron, 8/14/16).

It’s no surprise Bob Dold can’t suggest a single alternative with a plausible chance to deny the White House to Trump. None of what Dold says shows an actual effort to stop Trump.

Even worse, Bob Dold is headlining a Republican “Beat Hillary at the Distillery” fundraiser with two other Republican members of Congress.

“10th District voters aren’t fooled by Bob Dold’s games. They know that stopping Trump means doing everything possible to actually stop Trump, the least of which is supporting the only person with a reasonable chance of defeating him. Bob Dold can’t say he doesn’t support Donald Trump when he’s actually working to beat Hillary Clinton,” said Tenth Dems Managing Vice-Chair Barbara Altman.

Bob Dold’s inner turmoil about how he would feel in the voting booth is meaningless. What matters to the people of the 10th District is whether Trump is elected. Dold should stop talking about how his vote makes him feel and start acting to stop Donald Trump.

In fact, Double Talk Dold’s partisan anti-Clinton fundraiser proves that his comments have been nothing but empty rhetoric. Only someone content with Trump winning the election would pay lip service to voters and the press, promise something that can’t be proven, and then take no action to stop Trump.

It’s clear that’s the path Bob Dold has chosen. Dold is working to help elect Trump while telling the public he doesn’t support him. Bob Dold should stop supporting Trump and actually start showing people how he is going to stop him.

Featured Updates: Bob Dold headlines anti-Clinton fundraiser

doldscowlDeerfield, IL — While the country becomes more and more disturbed by Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and several Republicans are coming out to support Hillary Clinton, Republican Rep. Bob Dold (IL-10) is moving in the opposite direction.

Despite saying he’s not endorsing Trump or Clinton but is supporting a mysterious, unknown write-in candidate, Dold is now headlining a partisan Republican event called “Beat Hillary at the Distillery.”

The Lake County Republican fundraiser is scheduled for September 10th in Green Oaks. Congressional Republicans Peter Roskam and Randy Hultgren also will be attending “Beat Hillary at the Distillery” with their colleague Dold.

Democrats, independents, and many Republicans are trying to stop Trump. Not only does Dold refuse to stop Trump but he’s actually working with Republicans to beat Hillary Clinton.

Trump is wildly unpopular in Illinois’ 10th District. Voters are eager to reject him and politicians like Bob Dold who help Trump.

See: Full PDF invitation from the Lake County Republican Central Committee, the Lake County Republican Federation, the Women’s Republican Club of Lake Forest-Lake Bluff, and the Republican Assembly of Lake County.

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Updates: During GOP convention, Dold endorses anti-choice candidate

Deerfield, IL — With attention on the national party conventions, Rep. Bob Dold stayed in Illinois and campaigned for fellow Republican, anti-choice State Rep. Sheri Jesiel, calling her “exactly the kind of person we need in Springfield.”

Since her 2014 campaign for State Representative, Sheri Jesiel has earned high praise from anti-choice groups and has repeatedly attacked women’s reproductive rights:

  • Jesiel has led the effort to shut down Planned Parenthood in Illinois.
  • Jesiel voted against stopping religious extremists from putting women’s lives at risk by refusing to provide medical care (SB 1564).
  • Jesiel voted against increasing contraceptive coverage (HB 5576).
  • Illinois Citizens for Life gives Jesiel a 100% rating.
  • Jesiel “ran for office to protect life.” When elected, she “was advised to focus on fiscal issues. Although very important to Jesiel, she views the pro-life issue as the building block of our culture.” (Illinois Review, 5/16/2016)
  • Endorsed by the socially conservative Illinois Family Action PAC, Jesiel has “articulated personal commitment to pro-life and pro-marriage principles.”

“Republicans attacking reproductive rights need to be challenged, not embraced. Voters simply can’t trust Bob Dold to stand up for 10th District values when he stands with extreme, anti-choice Republicans like Sheri Jesiel,” said Tenth Dems Managing Vice-Chair Barbara Altman.

Recently, Dold has faced criticism for voting 22 times with his NRA-backed Republican Party to block the Terrorist No-Fly bill from reaching the House Floor despite giving a speech asking for precisely that.

Featured Updates: Tenth Dems Mourns The Loss Of Ab Mikva

Deerfield, IL — The Tenth Congressional District Democrats (Tenth Dems) mourns the passing of the Hon. Abner “Ab” Mikva. Mikva was known nationally thanks in part to his work in the White House and as a federal judge. Ab also was beloved by the people of the 10th District.

Mikva was elected as the Congressman from Illinois’ 10th District before his appointment to the U.S. Court of Appeals by President Jimmy Carter. He served admirably, inspiring countless people over the years.

“Ab Mikva is one of the finest public servants I have ever known,” said Tenth Dems’ Founding Chair and former state legislator, Lauren Beth Gash. “His integrity and zeal to make the world a better place are legendary.”

Since 2007, Tenth Dems has awarded annually the Abner Mikva Political Leadership Award. On most occasions, Ab himself was able to present the award to the recipient, making it even more of an honor.

Ab will be sorely missed but his legacy lives on through the generations of people he inspired, especially those of us with Tenth Dems who were fortunate to see his exemplary character up close.

Tenth Dems is a grassroots organization that works to elect Democrats to all levels within Illinois’ 10th Congressional District.

Featured Updates: Reality Check: Dold blocks gun bill hours after speech

Hours after promising action, Rep. Dold sides with party, blocks bill to keep guns from people on terrorist watch list

a324345b-0945-4443-8b8f-d6356802ff28Deerfield, IL — Today’s behavior shows why Republican Rep. Bob Dold (IL-10) needs to be replaced this November. There is a jarring disconnect between his words and his actions. When it comes to keeping guns out of the hands of people on the terrorist watch list, Rep. Bob Dold’s rhetoric doesn’t match reality.

“Thoughts and prayers are not enough.”
“It’s time for action.”
“We cannot allow partisanship to define this debate.”

Less than three hours after saying those words on the floor of the House of Representatives, Republican Rep. Bob Dold voted with his party to block action on the ‘No Fly, No Buy’ bill — for the 12th time.

Sorry, Congressman Dold, but you don’t get credit for co-sponsoring legislation if you proceed to block it. Empty promises from vulnerable career politicians aren’t enough.

Gun violence is a serious issue for the 10th District. Dold is great at getting headlines for himself but terrible at reflecting 10th District values when it counts.

Update: Dold’s claim that he never blocked the bill is wrong and is politics at its worst:

(1) Procedural votes determine what legislation Congress will vote on.

(2) The dozen procedural votes mentioned are not “unrelated.” In each case Democrats were asking Republicans to pause the current discussion to vote on Democrats’ gun safety legislation instead. In each case every Republican (including Dold) voted to continue the current debate rather than vote on the gun bill.

(3) Democrats offer the “No Fly, No Buy” bill during debate on other bills because Republicans will not allow gun safety legislation to be considered at all. Ever. There is no other time for Democrats to try. That is why the votes appear to be related to other issues. Every vote cited asks the exact same question: Can we pause what we’re doing and vote on the gun bill? Every time, Dold voted “No.”

(4) Dold’s “procedural votes” blocked the “No Fly, No Buy” bill from being voted on every time Democrats tried to offer it. That is an undeniable fact.

It is hypocritical and cynical to claim you never voted on a bill when that is true only because you stopped yourself from having the opportunity.

The procedural nuances Dold cites to rationalize his decision are not at issue because the result is clear. He was presented with the choice to either act on gun legislation or stick with his party. He chose the latter.

And here is how the nonpartisan publication The Hill described what happened (6/14/2016):

“House Democrats used a procedural vote for unrelated legislation Tuesday that, had it gone their way, would have forced a vote on a bill banning people on the FBI’s terror watch list from buying guns.

Democrats had previously tried the maneuver 11 other times for what they have deemed the ‘no fly, no buy’ bill in the aftermath of last year’s terrorist attack in San Bernardino, Calif.

In other words, Democrats offered the “No Fly, No Buy” bill during debate on other bills because Republicans would not allow the gun safety legislation to be considered at all. Ever. There is no other time for Democrats to try. That is why the votes appear to be related to other issues. Every vote referred to asks the same question: Can we pause what we’re doing and vote on the gun bill?

“Despite calling for a vote on the bill earlier in the day, Dold sided with fellow Republicans during Tuesday’s procedural vote. Centrist Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), meanwhile, was the only lawmaker who broke with his party.”

Dold voted “No.” Period. Even though he had called for lawmakers to be bipartisan and to act immediately, Dold then sided with his party to block the bill.