Kifowit, Manley targeted for casting ballots for Madigan
The Illinois Republican Party recently released robocalls targeting Will County state Reps. Stephanie Kifowit (D-Oswego) and Natalie Manley (D-Joliet).
The voice of "Chris" charged the lawmakers with choosing House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) over their constituents.
The vote for Madigan's 17th term as speaker of the House was held last week. Madigan won the seat with a vote of 66-51. Only one Democrat withheld his vote: Rep. Scott Drury (D-Highwood) voted "present" instead of voting "yes" or "no."
"House Democrats have a terrible and deceptive habit of following Boss Madigan’s orders in Springfield and pocketing his campaign cash while faking 'independence' to their constituents," GOP spokesman Steven Yaffe said in a news release. "The Illinois Republican Party is committed to making sure that voters know their representatives sold them out yesterday."
Robocalls are the latest efforts by the Illinois Republican Party to point out the connections between Democratic lawmakers and Madigan. Previously, the GOP added Kifowit to the website BossMadigan.com in an effort to discourage her from voting for Madigan as House speaker.
The webpage asserted that she had received more than half a million dollars from Madigan. She supported him twice previously for the House speaker position.
BossMadigan leveled similar charges against Manley, asserting that she'd received more than $500,000 from Madigan -- and voted for him twice as speaker. It also pointed out that she'd voted in favor of the unbalanced budget that failed in the Senate in May 2016.