Continuing attacks between Democratic opponents is contest to earn the right to challenge in the Nov. 6 general election.
In the midst of the bickering, the race drew national attention as a column Tuesday by Stuart Rothenberg in Roll Call claimed Republicans believe a candidacy by Waukegan community organizer Ilya Sheyman is Dold’s best bet to hold the seat.
Most of the attention is about donations Deerfield management consultant Brad Schneider made to Republicans in the last 12 years.
The claims are being pushed by committed to helping a progressive gain the nomination. Sheyman worked for MoveOn before entering the race for Congress.
“Ninety percent of my donations have been to Democrats and 100 percent have been to support the U.S.-Israel relationship,” Schneider said.
Schneider never thought his support of Israel would be used to hurt him. “To use my support of the U.S.-Israel relationship as a tool to twist my progressive, lifelong values is shameful,” he said.
Before speaking at a rally for Sheyman Monday, or someone who can attract the independent voters important in the 10th District.
Howard Dean Attacks Schneider
“Independents want someone who will stand up for what they believe in,” Dean said. “They don’t want someone like Brad Schneider who swings back and forth between Republicans and Democrats.”
According to filings with the Federal Election Commission, Schneider has donated $32,030 to candidates with a majority going to Democrats including Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Evanston), former Rep. Melissa Bean (D-Barrington) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
, who has endorsed Schneider, dismissed Dean’s remarks as twisting the facts.
“To suggest Brad Schneider cannot attract independents is absurd,” Hartstein said. “This is a distortion blown out of proportion because of his support for Israel.”
Sheyman campaign manager Annie Weinberg defended the efforts being made on her boss’s behalf, claiming voters have a right to know everything about all the candidates before making a choice.
"Over the last decade, Brad Schneider has given thousands of dollars to right-wing Republicans,” Weinberg said. “That is an undeniable fact in the public record. Voters have a right to know as they choose someone whom they trust to stand and fight for their values."
Republican Calls All Four Candidates Extreme
laughed at charges made by MoveOn’s advertising Schneider is a Republican in disguise.
“If you give 10 percent to Republicans and 90 percent to Democrats, you are a Democrat. If it’s 50-50 or maybe 60-40 you would be an independent,” said Atsaves, a Lake Forest resident. “All four are extreme,” he added referring to the philosophy of Sheyman, Schneider, Long Grove business owner and Mundelein attorney .
In Rotenberg’s column, he writes “They (the Republicans) believe they can portray him (Sheyman) as more extreme, making the district’s upscale voters uncomfortable with his aggressive style and views.”
Weinberg dismisses Rothenberg’s thesis as well. “Our campaign has out-raised all of our opponents this past quarter, including Bob Dold, with the strength of over 16,000 individual donors,” she said. “We have more donors from right here in Illinois than anyone else in the race.”
Tree and Bavda are staying out of the fight. Bavda continues to talk policy laying out his vision for the area and the country. “This is more of a side show,” he said of the Sheyman-Schneider barbs.
Tree remains hopeful voters will turn to him as Sheyman and Schneider fight between themselves.
“I’m disappointed to see fellow Democrats attack each other in this primary,” Tree said. “All Sheyman and Schneider prove is that they can attack each other. None of that will help us beat Bob Dold in November.”