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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Chicago Tribune Editorial - Mail, Junk Mail and Lies (and the Liar Named Stephanie Kifowit)




There's an election in a few weeks, so you may be finding political ads stuffed into your mailbox, wedged in with the electric bills and oil change reminders.
These direct mail efforts can be effective in local campaigns. You reach the voters in their homes. It's standard to run bright, color photos of the smiling candidate and gray, washed-out snapshots of the opponent having a bad hair day. The danger is that often these mailers give bad information. Photos are doctored and distorted. You ... can ... say ... just ... about ... anything ... you ... want. There's not a lot of true-squadding with these mailers, except when the competition sends out its mailers.
We saw some mail the other day that almost made us laugh, it was so audacious in its distortion. The mail targets Republican candidates for the Illinois Legislature and is funded by the Democratic Party of Illinois.
The mail pieces claim various local Republican candidates "are leading the charge to cut Social Security and Medicare." They feature forlorn senior citizens with their hands clasped in desperation, worried about losing their prescription drug coverage.
One mailer sent to voters of the 84th House District claims Republican Patricia Fee "may cause sudden loss" to the two federal entitlement programs. The flier features Democrat Stephanie Kifowit smiling at a senior citizen, and says Kifowit will "protect the benefits senior citizens have earned."
Did you catch that? Pause, because this is important: These are candidates for the Illinois Legislature. They have absolutely nothing to do with Social Security and Medicare. How often do state House members vote on Social Security and Medicare? Never.
But you can bet that state Democrats have poll-tested senior citizens' concerns about their retirement and health care benefits.
We asked Kifowit about the mailer. Why would she would sign off on such a whopper? Is that all Illinois Democrats have in their portfolio to compete this year? Scaring seniors into voting against local Republicans? Kifowit said if elected as a state lawmaker, she would get involved in the national debate on Social Security and Medicare and try to encourage her congressional colleagues to preserve the programs.
That's not what the mailer says, though. It says Kifowit will protect Medicare and Social Security and Fee may crush the federal programs.
That's insulting to voters. That's playing on fear.
You have to wonder what's coming as these local races get closer to Election Day.
"My opponent will invade Grenada!"
"My opponent will raid your liquor cabinet!"
"My opponent will make you fat!"
Just a word of caution as the mailers start piling up in the weeks ahead. Don't believe everything you read.

NOTE:

During the primary campaign against fellow Democrats, Ms. Kifowit used lies, slander and sleaze to attack her opponents and now she continues to do so for the general election against Ms. Fee.

Kifowit's misconduct is assisted by, funded by, and distributed by Michael Madigan, the leader of the political mafia.  Illinois is in the worst crisis in its history from finances to ethics and it's time to stand up to Madigan's regime and unethical, dishonest candidates such as Stephanie Kifowit.

We urge everyone who knows voters in the 84th State Rep District, Aurora and Naperville to REJECT the political mafia and Kifowit.

LINKS:

Chicago Tribune Editorial

Pat Fee's Website

Pat Fee's Facebook Page

Friends Against Stephanie Kifowit

34 comments:

Anonymous said...

Kifowit is a goon of the Madigans now and she has no credibility, integrity or self-respect. I vote mostly Dem, but I will definitely vote for Pat Fee in this race.

Anonymous said...

ALL candidates of BOTH parties are involved with the distortions, half truths, and outright lies in these mailers. These mailers DON'T affect any of the voters in this household, because they ALL get thrown into the recycling bin w/o even being read. OpenlineBlog, of course, will NEVER use the lies of the Republican's mailers as examples, because Openline is so BLATANTLY biased. Let's be honest for a change, Openline -- you really have no problem with distortions and lies, because you use them so frequently. It's only when it's the Democrats or Kifowit who are involved do you suddenly get so righteous (well, pretend to be). And for the record -- I'm NOT a Democrat and would love to see Michael Madigan out of the legislature. It's just that unlike you, Openline, I believe in truth from BOTH sides, not just when it advances my own point of view. I know, I know, it's a radical concept you just can't understand.

Anonymous said...

If you don't want Madigan running our area, then you better not vote for Stephanie Kifowit. Look at the Illinois State Board of Elections. Stephanie can't raise her own money. Its all Madigan. While you are at it look at Pat Fee on the State Board of Elections. She is grassroots. I heard her speak at an event and she is going to cut her own salary 10% and give to charity. She will not take a pension, and won't take the benefits. Ms Kifowit is going for a 3rd pension. The D insiders were told by Ms Kifowit to talk like a republican, tell them you are conservative and then we get you to Springfield you will vote with us!!!!

Anonymous said...

Can't same I am impressed with Kifowit, Hurtado, Fee, or Holmes littering Route 34 and Montgomery road with hundreds of signs. There is not one of the four that has an ounce of class.

Anonymous said...

Kifowit/Madigans sleazy primary campaign is getting worse, but she must be getting desperate if she's using Mediscare and SS tactics in a state rep race. That tells me they can't come up with any issue to really attack Pat Fee with.

Kifowit also keeps copying any of Pat Fee's ideas. Just like at city council, Kifowit has nothing of substance to add to any discussion.

She's a failure as alderman and now the ENTIRE Chicago area knows what we've known all along that she's a liar and will do anything to get elected.

Anonymous said...

Pat Fee refers to Stephanie Kifowit as "Politician Kifowit", as though political experience is a bad thing. I plan to vote for Ms. Kifowit, in part because she HAS some political experience--unlike Ms. Fee, whose only political experience is running for this office.

Anonymous said...

8:14 Vote for kifowit is a vote for the madigans. Madigans is funding kifowit for this office. Must be nice to run for office without spending a dime of your own money.All the money the kifowit is getting is from the madigans. Madigans just gave $40.000 on 9- 27 again.

Anonymous said...

Kifowit is political sleaze.

She makes Rod Blagojevich, Derrick Smith and all the other goofballs of Illinois look like choir boys.

Anonymous said...

C'mon, man. Get partly real.

Anonymous said...

8:14 - yep she has experience selling her soul to the highest bidder.

Look at her contributors, notice anything? Where are the individuals? Compare to Pat Fee, heck even Richard Irvin gave to her. Individual after individual and yes some party stuff but not like Kifowit.



Anonymous said...

Irvin gave $500 to Fee and Kifowit - wtf?

Anonymous said...

Lots of Democrats will be voting for Pat Fee.

Kifowit is a liar and will do ANYTHING to get elected.

Anonymous said...

Kifowit doesn't even live in the district and she's too much of a coward in her own district against Linda Chapa LaVia.

And, make no mistake, Linda Chapa or Linda Holmes doesn't want Kifowit running around Springfield.

Anonymous said...

My take on this is simple, Kifowit WAS a political outsider who once in office used ward funds to effectively buy votes to keep herself in office and never, ever was able to build any grassroot support that was not bought and paid for.

Contrast that with someone like Lawrence who WAS an outsider and except for some of the school district ties is still an outsider but managed to build a string grassroots network without buying any votes.

Her attempts to shake down developers etc using a combination of her waning feminine attributes and the power of her vote on the council failed.

In the end, in order to move forward Kifowit had to sell whatever she had left of a soul to the devil (Madigan) in order to get where she wants. She lost whatever political independence she hoped to retain because she lacks grassroots support and well heeled advocates.

Hence Papa Madigan now owns her.

Al Kohollick said...

Michael Madigan has been around a long time. He's been the most powerful man in one of the most corrupt states in the Union. When the time comes and he's no longer with us his legacy will be that he turned an efficent state government into a broke and nearly bankrupt state government. He doesn't give a god-damn about the health and well-being of the State. The only thing he is interested in is "Where's mine" for himself and his greedy pig-like political pals who are lined-up one step behind him ready to kiss his royal Irish ass.

Anonymous said...

Madigan is the Anti-Robin Hood. He steals from the poor and gives to the rich.

Anonymous said...

Don't let his daughter Lisa off wither. How many times has she been asked to investigating Weisner, over the abortion clinic and violation of the open meetings act, and what has her office done - nothing!

Anonymous said...

As far as the main topic of the post, Openline is the ultimate export in recognizing a liar.

After all, he sees one every time he looks in a mirror.

Anonymous said...

Hey 9:35, that's a great question. How many times HAS Lisa Madigan been asked to investigate the topic? Have YOU ever asked her to investigate -- by submitting a formal request to her office? Posting on Openline or other blogs doesn't count.

Anonymous said...

I am not 9:35 but 2x by Eric Scheidler's Pro-Life Action League.

Anonymous said...

What was the crime that Scheidler wanted Madigan to investigate? You may not like Planned Parenthood, but it is a legal operation. The US Supreme Court declared its practices legal in Roe v Wade. By the way, that decision was written by Justices appointed by Republican presidents.

Anonymous said...

What was the crime that Scheidler wanted Madigan to investigate?

Violation of the open meetings act.

Anonymous said...

I wonder how well SCHEIDLER would stand up to investigation?

Anonymous said...

Since the city anticipated being sued regarding Planned Parenthood, discussions of the issue in closed session would have been covered by the exception for "probable or imminent litigation" that allows such discussions in closed session.

If the Mayor violated the open meetings act, it would have required participation by the city council. The open meetings act regulates actions by the city council. If the city council violated the law it would have involved the participation of Alderman Lawrence. If the mayor broke the open meetings act, then Lawrence also broke it by his participation in the closed meetings.

Anonymous said...

Way to detract from the fact Kifowit is a sleazebag guys.

Anonymous said...

You can have a quorum without Lawrence.

Anonymous said...

So 11:07 are you saying Lawrence was AWOL at all these supposed illegal meetings? You would have thought he'd have been at the meetings to share his view -- unless he was afraid he'd have to defend it someday.

Anonymous said...

6:47 you are a troll.

Anonymous said...

And 6:47 is probably an fool too, he keeps trying to tie everything back to Lawrence. As if every conversation has to center around him. Sounds like a homo erotic fixation thing to me.

Anonymous said...

Woah, I was just responding to 11:07. It was 6:43 and 11:07 that brought up Lawrence. I don't have a fixation on Lawrence. Maybe 6:25 does -- sounds like he's projecting his own feelings on me, but the shoe doesn't fit.

Anonymous said...

10:29 please...

Al Kohollick said...

I have seen some of Stephanie Kifowit's TV commericals. Frankly, they are not real impressive. They seem rather lacking in passion and/or a strong point on a particular issue.The TV ads just kinda seem like somebody with access to alot of money put together a standardized, generic TV spot that could be easily substituted for any other generic candidate. My sense is that she may be in the wrong field of work.

Anonymous said...

rumors has it if kifowit wins she is moving to Oswego.

Anonymous said...

If Kifowit wins she is spending her first week in a barrel to service all of Madigans friends who funded her campaigns.