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Durbin Blames Dold for Tea Party Gridlock in Congress

Illinois Senator criticizes North Shore Congressman during visit to Schneider’s office.

Never calling Rep. Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth) a member of the Tea Party, Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Springfield) and , blamed the freshman Congressman for the Tea Party’s role creating Congressional gridlock.

“We can’t get on the road to compromise until the Tea Party element is gone. The road map starts in the 10th District,” Durbin said. “We haven’t had the right person in a long time,” he added telling a room full of volunteers Schneider was the ideal person to put the seat in the Democratic column.

Earlier: Update: Dold Responds to Schneider

Durbin visited Schneider’s Northbrook office today to rally more than 40 volunteers making phone calls encouraging people to support the Deerfield Democrat.

Though the Dold campaign did not respond to telephone calls and emails to respond to the remarks of Durbin and Schneider, in the past Dold has blamed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) for the stalemates in Congress.

Dold has criticized Reid for not allowing Senate votes on legislation passed by the House of Representatives. “These bills will increase access to capital,” Dold said at a Rotary meeting in January referring to new securities regulation measures. “He (Reid) won’t allow a vote.” Ultimately that law was passed by the Senate.

Schneider did not call Dold a member of the Tea Party either, but claimed the Congressman has always voted with the House Republican majority on important votes including a continuing resolution last year that would have defunded Planned Parenthood.

“Bob Dold has never voted against the majority when it counted,” Schneider said. “He voted for the final bill.” He was referring to Dold’s vote for that continuing resolution after voting against the majority on an amendment to continue funding Planned Parenthood which was defeated.

Dold defended that vote in May. “I was the only Republican to speak on the House floor in favor of Planned Parenthood,” Dold told Patch in May when discussing that legislation. “I voted to keep the government running. I voted to pay our troops and for seniors to get their social security checks,” he added explaining his final vote.

Schneider also claimed endorsements he has received from groups which once supported Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Highland Park) when Kirk represented the 10th District show the Democrat, not the Republican, is the moderate this time.

“I have been endorsed by the Sierra Club, the League of Conservation Voters, the Human Rights Campaign and the Associated Firefighters of Illinois,” Schneider said of groups which once backed Kirk. “They have all done that because my values are theirs.”

Dold’s campaign has not yet answered requests from Patch to discuss the endorsements. Earlier today, Dold spokesperson John McGovern did let Patch know in an email a poll of 400 likely 10th District voters conducted Sept. 11 and 12 showed the incumbent with a 44-37 lead.

Schneider Campaign Manager Reed Adamson had no current poll results to share with Patch but referred to a survey conducted in August by the House Majority PAC and the Service Employees International Union showing Dold and Schneider with 46 percent support each.

Tom B. October 03, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Durbin praises Dold's bipartisan leadership: http://durbin.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/pressreleases?ID=3a29b6bd-003c-4b45-8483-6e9c3d02362e
Tim Froehlig October 04, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Mr. Durbin has a lot of nerve, given all the problems going on in his district. He should pay a bit more attention to that I think, because he is the most partisan politician in the entire state, by a landslide. Another typical job of blaming someone else instead of solving problems, what a surprise.
Tim Froehlig October 04, 2012 at 12:14 AM
People are tired of finger pointing. When's the last time Durbin or anyone locally came out publicly with a plan to solve a serious problem instead of pointing fingers and whining before the election? Sorry Mr. Durbin, but what has to go is your attitude of blaming everything on one group of people instead of solving problems. People are sick of it, and sick of the excuses. There are people who are causing problems in every party including yours.
RB October 04, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Is the Tea Party against supporting the Great Lakes? If they are, I guess they were mad at him. I guess you buy into the non compromise position of the Tea Party since you point out a co-sponsored bill as an example of him not being Tea Party. There lies the problem. Mostly, they don't want to compromise, especially when it comes to jobs, economy, civil rights, women's rights, healthcare, gun rights and medicare. So, he want to save the Great Lakes? Great. But, he is still Tea Party to the core. Listings in 2010 had him as a Tea Party Candidate. What does that mean? For one, he signed an allegience to Grover Norquist NEVER to raise revenue, even through loopholes. and this...'The candidates promise to carry into office the Tea Party’s strict interpretation of the Constitution. Time and time again, Dold gets caught with right-wing groups. He was endorsed by Phyllis Schlafly’s right-wing Eagle Forum group and now says it was a “mistake.” He’s endorsed by Dan Quayle and Grover Norquist. He’s supported by Americans for Prosperity, Dick Armey’s Freedom Works, and the American Action Network. He’s recommended by the anti-choice Federation for Right to Life. The list goes on and on.' Tenth Dems
RB October 04, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Each party does have problems. The biggest problem is no desire on the part of the Tea Party Republicans to compromise. They don't have to give up all their beliefs to get something done. If you want Democracy to function....working together is required. Give and Take.
Guido McGinty October 04, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Dodd is long gone. After doing his part to destroy the financial industry, he retired and took a job as a lobbyist for the Motion Picture Association of America. He is true scum.
Guido McGinty October 04, 2012 at 01:44 AM
Nice. Dick might want to scrub that from his website.
Guido McGinty October 04, 2012 at 01:46 AM
"We can’t get on the road to compromise until the Tea Party element is gone." The road to 16T in debt and another 100T in unfunded liabilities was paved with compromises. We lost our way when we started using tar on roads instead of with feathers. "The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out" - George Carlin
Guido McGinty October 04, 2012 at 01:56 AM
RB, if I wanted to hear the musings of a Kos Kid, I'd click over there.
McCloud October 04, 2012 at 11:55 AM
Durbin is the poster child for all that is wrong with government. Dick has had his signature on all of the legislation that built the massive debt that threatens our country, yet he has the audacity to even speak in public. I guess when the press never questions you one can slither and be Dick Durbin.
Daniel Krudop October 04, 2012 at 12:10 PM
Let's consider bipartisanship. The Republicans were solidly against the "Affordable" Care Act. So were approximately 53% of the American people. The Democrats had to use a parliamentarian (although legal) trick to pass it. The Democrats had complete control of Congress during last two years of George W Bush's term. Every problem we are facing today is still his fault. This is almost four years after he was replaced by President Obama and six years after the Democrats took total control of Congress for a period of four of the six years. I assume that means the Democrats in Congress were complicit in the collapse of our economy. Now, wouldn't we be better off economically today if the Democrats hadn't been so bipartisan in helping President Bush destroy our Country? Maybe they should have stood up to President Bush the way many Tea Party representatives have stood by their principles.
Mara Meyer October 04, 2012 at 12:20 PM
Substance, Substance, Substance.
Daniel Krudop October 04, 2012 at 01:54 PM
@ Guido. You might want to go to the Daily Kos. Here's a link you might be interested in: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/02/18/946760/-House-votes-to-defund-Planned-Parenthood-Title-X The following doesn't give the HR number so it is hard to verify the actual voting record and they do have a caveat about that. However, it does say that Democratic Reps Costello and Lipinski voted with the Republicans to defund PP and defund Title X. Note that Reps Biggert and Dold voted against it. I don't really believe the Daily Kos is much of a Tea Party shill. Were Reps Costello and Lipinski "allowed" to vote that way because of their constituencies? “The war on women is full on. The House voted today, 240-185, to block all federal funding to Planned Parenthood, and to go one further, by defunding Title X entirely. A handful of "Dems" voted with Republicans to endanger the lives of women all over the nation.” “The roll call vote hasn't been posted, but House staff provides the names of those Dems who voted with the Rs to defund: Dan Boren (OK), Jerry Costello (IL), Joe Donnelly (IN), Dan Lipinski (IL), Mike McIntyre (NC), Collin Peterson (MN), Nick Rahall (WV), Silvestre Reyes (TX), Mike Ross (AR), Heath Shuler (NC).” “These Republicans voted no: Charlie Bass (NH), Judy Biggert (IL), Mary Bono Mack (CA), Charlie Dent (PA), Robert Dold (IL), Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ), Richard Hanna (NY). Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) voted present.”
Guido McGinty October 04, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Indeed, the democrats constantly rolled over like good little lapdogs for Shrub.
Dan Jenks October 04, 2012 at 05:31 PM
RB, as the old saying goes, everyone is entitled to his own opinion but not to his own facts. FACT – 38 people voted for Cooper - La Tourette in the U.S. House, including Dold along with 20 other Republicans and 18 Democrats. FACT – The Concord Coalition, a leading non-partisan organization dedicated to educating the public about the causes and consequences of federal budget deficits, honored Dold and the 37 other Representatives with the 2012 Paul Tsongas Economic Patriot Award. FACT – Here is the opinion of Grover Norquist and his Americans for Tax Reforem http://www.atr.org/congressman-steve-latourette-supports-trillion-tax-a6808. They call Cooper LaTourette a $2 Trillion tax increase. And where is Norquist’s 2012 endorsement of Dold, BTW? It doesn't exist. It is fine to criticize Dold on other issues. But, RB, every time between now and the election you repeat the falsehood about Dold and Grover Norquist and Dold’s unwillingness to compromise on budget matters, I’m going to call you on it. By the way – I’m not a Tea Partier – I’m voting for Obama.
Guido McGinty October 04, 2012 at 05:51 PM
"You might want to go to the Daily Kos. Here's a link you might be interested in" My interest in the machinations of sociopaths is next to nil. My interest is in reducing their power wherever possible.
Keith Sanderson October 04, 2012 at 06:59 PM
The deficit stupid. That's wny the tea party won't compromise. Durbin is fortunate to have the tea party to point his finger at. His cronies back home in IL reflect the worst in fiscal responsibility. Who will Durbin and his local Demos blame for the fiscal state of Illinois? Probably the Tea Party, it is likely most who are naive enough to believe the team party is to blame for the state of affairs at the federal level will be dumb enough to believe a similar claim at the state level.
Ashley Howard October 05, 2012 at 01:55 AM
Now that's a Goidelic team...Durbin who has stood by moaning about all the nasty republicans while our state has gone down thevtubes by a solid Madigan contingency. Perhaps Durbin should stop dumping, and read the fabricated resume from Schneider...he is a farce and a fraud
RB October 07, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Dan, I never considered you a Tea Partier. Mr. Dold has been participating in Show Voting. Boehner and Cantor allow him votes that will not result in a Republican loss on an issue so that he can appear moderate to the 10th. When push comes to shove, he voted to dismantle Obama Care and for the Ryan budget that ends Medicare as a n cap program and ends Medicaid for may people. Interestingly the Ryan budget also cuts $716B from Medicare but does not put the money back into healthcare. Good for voting for Obama, consider Schneider. Dold was one of the freshman that almost bought America to our knees,
Guido McGinty October 07, 2012 at 02:21 AM
"Boehner and Cantor allow him votes that will not result in a Republican loss on an issue so that he can appear moderate to the 10th." War Party Blue, aka Democrats, would never stoop to such levels. Right?
Dan Jenks October 07, 2012 at 06:06 AM
RB, you haven't addressed the content of my last post - the intellectually honest response to my last post would be to either (i) offer additional evidence for your point or (ii) say, you know what, on this one issue, I was wrong. I might consider voting for Schneider if you pledged to stop your false statements about Dold and his position on the federal budget. In a time when we need to encourage politicians to cross the aisle, your lies about Mr. Dold's courageous vote are, to steal a line from the 1960s, "part of the problem, not part of the solution." I might also consider voting for Schneider if I saw evidence that he had the same sort of courage to vote for a Simpson-Bowles or Cooper-LaTourette type piece of legislation. You want to convince me to vote for him, show me the evidence........
Winnetka October 07, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Let me get this straight. Durbin whose been in the US senate for years, ostensibly building long term relationships with other legislators during this time, coming off of a two year Democrat majority w/ a Dem President in the white house, is complaining of gridlock caused by a freshman legislator on the job but a couple of years??! Well there you have it folks. He's proven he is useless.
Dan Jenks October 07, 2012 at 04:29 PM
See the Tribune's endorsement of Dold below. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-edit-intro-1007-20121007,0,4787522.story Note the following paragraph "Dold was a co-sponsor and one of just 38 House members to vote in favor of the Cooper-LaTourette debt reduction plan, the only bipartisan budget resolution to make it to the House floor in more than a decade. That measure would raise some taxes and make sensible spending cuts. Schneider said he would vote against it — not a great sign that he would help to break the gridlock in Washington." I'm voting for Dold.
PASTORART1974 October 07, 2012 at 11:42 PM
The Arlington Heights TEA Party has invited Bob Dold to speak at several of their events. Dold never accepted any of our invitations. The Arlington Heights TEA Party did not exist in November of 2010 to endorse anyone. To the best of my knowledge, no TEA Party existed in the old 10th District back in November of 2010.
PASTORART1974 October 07, 2012 at 11:49 PM
I'm glad there is gridlock in Washington. I wish there was more. I wish the Replublican House had the guts to repeal Obamacare as a Condition to raise the debt limit. The reason we have a national debt of $16 Trillion is that people in Washington used to get along. If it wasn't for the likes of Joe Walsh, that $16 Trillion debt would already be $17 Trillion!
CK October 08, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Will Durbin blame Harry Reid for not passing a federal budget in the Senate for the last three years??????? Durbin was the guy who compared us American troops to Nazis and Soviets. What a dynamic and vunderbar public servant. He's worth so much to us. He deserves immediate retirement, it would be worth it to rid the once great US Senate of this pathetic untermensch.
McCloud October 08, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Durbin is responsible for all the debt accumulated in the last 25 years, since he voted for all of it. Responsibility is not in his vernacular. Bought and paid for just like Quinn, Madigan, Cullerton, by the unions.
CK October 08, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Hard, really hard ,to believe that anyone would buy and pay anything for such an inferior product.
CK October 08, 2012 at 08:41 PM
God Bless Joe Walsh.
phylis bagan October 08, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Where are Dick Durbin, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid? Why aren't they clamoring for Schneider to release his taxes? How about Julie Morrison who jumped ship in 2008 from a rep. To the Dem. Party...to catch the Obama wave? If she's so independent...why isn't she standing on some principle and telling Schneider to show his taxes. Hypocrisy of the ultimate degree.

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