Third quarter FEC reports showed Bobby Schilling had raised $171,000 with $163,000 on hand while Cheri Bustos had raised $305,000 with $612,000 available to spend, so even though Schilling has support of some PACs and the Young Guns program, he still needed to appeal to the people to close the money gap.
The first eighteen paragraphs of his two page (front and back) fundraising letter was an extended rant on Obamacare and Bustos. At this point, we are all aware of what a clusterfark Obamacare is, and while Bustos is indeed a Democrat, she did not vote for it, and did vote to defund it (in a backdoor sort of way) this year. She also voted for the Upton bill, so she has done what she can to distance herself from the abomination Phil Hare wrought.
Schilling’s other attacks on her are dicey at best, but certainly not beyond what is standard for these fundraisers.
So after 18 paragraphs of attacks, this is Schilling’s one paragraph pitch why he should be elected and you should send him money:
“You know me. I’m the pizza guy with ten kids. I went to Congress and led by example. I rejected the Cadillac congressional health care plan. I rejected the Cadillac congressional pension. I’m not the type of guy to drive a Cadillac, and I certainly don’t want to do it on the taxpayers’ dime. I actually returned a $110,000 surplus from my congressional budget back to the taxpayers to help pay off the national debt.”
So there you have it—-Bobby sired 10 kids, has a pizza joint and returned $110,000 to reduce the national debt. Unfortunately for him, except for the $110,000 the other stuff happened before he was elected in ’10, but whatever.
It’s also worth noting that Bustos is not on the “Cadillac congressional health care plan” either, choosing to stick with her husband’s insurance courtesy of Rock Island County taxpayers.
So to recap: Bobby says you need to open your wallets and send him money because:
1. Cheri Bustos didn’t vote for Obamacare but she’s a Democrat so—because guilt by association;
2. Bobby didn’t do much during his tenure in DC but at least he has ten kids and a pizza place.
He had better be right because he has a $449,000 deficit—and counting, of his own to overcome.