Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Dan Seals Misleads Voters By Claiming Endorsements From Prior Elections on His Website
Dan Seals, perennial Democratic candidate for Mark Kirk's old Congressional seat in the 10th District, has been campaigning for this job for a long time. Years, in fact. As regular TA readers know well, he's now in his third campaign, having lost twice.
Besides being a full-time campaigner, he doesn't have much to show as to his community involvement, he doesn't live in the District, and he has a wonderful background of resume puffing and campaign gaffs. But what he does have is a few newspaper endorsements. That is, endorsements from prior campaigns, specifically primaries.
Dan isn't running against any of the people for which he received newspaper endorsements in past elections, like Julie Hamos or Jay Footlik, anymore. But you wouldn't know it from his website.
Dan's current opponent is Republican business owner Bob Dold. No endorsements have obviously been made in the head-to-head race between Dold and Seals. Those usually don't come until much closer to the election, after the big issues have been solidified, the debates have occured, most of the campaign speeches and appearances have been made, and most importantly, newspaper editors sit down with candidates and grill them on the issues. Then they make an endorsement, and it's always big news.
Like I said, Dan got some endorsements from some major papers like the Daily Herald, but never against his GOP opponent, which has always been Mark Kirk, until this cycle. He's certainly never gotten one over Bob Dold, because the time is not yet ripe.
But you would not know that from Seals' website. I just caught a screen shot of his scrolling pictures on his site not more than 20 minutes ago. And what do we see?
As in the picture above, an endorsement from the Daily Herald, touted as if it's current. No date given. But if one takes the time to backtrack this endorsement, it's easy to find out that it's from over six months ago, January 6, 2010. Not only that, as we noted at the time, it was in fact a pretty tepid endorsement, the full quote of which was
Hamos led the recent effort to bail out mass transit, in part by securing a sales tax increase. Seals seems more worried about federal spending and spiraling debt. In a very close call, we give the edge to Seals for his concern for cutting spending and our belief that he may be more independent and, therefore, a better fit for the 10th District.
Does anyone now care what the Daily Herald thought about the Hamos-Seals primary matchup six months ago?
The critical point is, though, that one would think by simply looking at Seals' website, that the quote given is current, or at least, against Seals' current opponent, Bob Dold. That's obviously not true, but Seals is clearly counting on the notion that most casual visitors to his website aren't going to dig any deeper.
So, what is this? Lying? Embellishment? Whatever it is, it's not the whole truth. And it's something we've criticized Seals for before.
When will the lies and misrepresentations with this guy end? Oh, yeah. November.
But don't rule out a fourth bite at the 10th District apple for Seals, even after he loses this round to Dold. It appears he simply has nothing better to do.