Team Schilling is making quite a stir with a press release demanding Cheri Bustos return 10% of her congressional salary or at least donate the $34,800 to vets or a charity of her choice because during an interview with the Chicago Tribune editorial board two years ago before she was elected, Bustos said she would do it even if legislation requiring it did not pass.
Which it didn’t.
The Bustos spox says this is all just a mistake and that she “misspoke”.
The insider’s insider Rich Miller seems to think this is a potential game changer. I’m not so certain. Politicians make claims like this all the time and let’s get real here, some are more egregious that others. That this oopsey would change the entire trajectory of the 17th CD race seems unlikely to me, but who knows? When you’ve got two bland moderates running against each other, the issues will turn on the trivial rather than the non-trivial.
Tellingly, QCOnline leads with the Bustos spin and leaves Schilling’s charge until the end of the article.
Shocking, I know.