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Stick to issues, leave jokes to comedians

Jobs and taxes, not fake releases

The race for governor has been amusing at times – few can deny the comedic value of the Bruce Rauner campaign’s creation of Quinnochio, or the Pat Quinn camp sending a man in a chicken suit to a Rauner speech.

It appears the creative well has dried, though, and now we’re seeing tactics that don’t belong in any campaign.

The low road was taken first by Democrats, who last week sent out a news release that had all appearances of coming from the Rauner campaign. But something seemed not quite right.

The following day, a news release claiming to be from Dick Durbin said the senator planned to call in Quinn to testify about a $55 million anti-violence program some have charged was an effort to gain votes in a tight 2010 race. It, too, seemed suspect.

It turns out, though, that both were fake; the creation of grasping-for-straws campaign flaks. ...

In Illinois, there are so many things that should be at the forefront of discussion among those who want to hold the state’s highest office. Job creation, taxes, fiscal responsibility – these are just a few of the myriad concerns among voters.

If a political party really wants to get the attention of media – and through them, the people – start addressing the issues and leave the jokes to the comedians.

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