, the Lake County Democratic Chairman, publically criticized campaign tactics ahead of Tuesday’s 10th District Congressional District primary contest for the right to challenge .
Earlier Wednesday, Link specifically accused one of candidates, , of a strategy the Lake County party leader fears could lead to a Dold victory in November.
have been flooding the area with telephone calls and advertising attacking one of Sheyman’s opponents, Deerfield management consultant Brad Schneider, for making some donations to Republicans. .
Sheyman, Schneider, Long Grove business owner and Mundelein attorney are competing in Tuesday’s primary for the Democratic nomination to challenge Rep. Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth).
“They’re acting just like the Republicans (running for President),” Link said earlier Wednesday. “(David) Axelrod is just sitting back and making tapes. (President Barack) Obama won’t have to say a thing. Dold won’t have to say a thing.”
Sheyman campaign manager Annie Weinberg made it clear the Sheyman campaign was not behind the tactics.
“In compliance with Federal Election Law, we are in no way allowed to coordinate with groups conducting independent expenditures in this race,” Weinberg said. “We respect the right of the 17,500 local members of Communication Workers of America, MoveOn, and US Action to express their views about this race publicly.”
Link was not buying the argument. “He (Sheyman) was their national mobilization director,” Link said referring to the job Sheyman left to run for Congress. “They wouldn’t be doing any of this if he wasn’t asking.”
Before each election season begins Link asks all Democratic candidates to run positive campaigns and not criticize each other.
“It’s one of my cardinal rules,” Link said. “I told them that in September. Sell yourself, Build yourself up. I never mention my opponent’s name and I keep winning by bigger margins each time.”
Not surprisingly, Schneider agreed with Link’s remarks. He recalled a conversation with the Lake County Democratic leader he had in September about refraining from negative campaigning.
“We need to work together as Democrats and bring in the independents to pull this thing out,” Schneider said. “There are at least five outside groups using distortion and innuendo,” he added referring to organizations like MoveOn.
Link rarely endorses candidates in a primary election. He has only done it twice, both times for now President Barack Obama. The two shared a desk in Springfield before Obama was elected to the United States Senate.
“I was one of the first guys there when nobody thought he could win,” Link said. Link backed the President in the 2004 Senate primary and in the 2008 Presidential nominating contest.