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Ill. group mocks tweet from state senator

By David Yates | Jul 7, 2014

CLINTON, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - An Illinois watchdog group is hammering two Democrats, state Sen. Mike Frerichs and congressional hopeful Ann Callis, over what it says appears to be a low attendance fundraiser in DeWitt County.

On June 28, Frerichs tweeted that he had a great event in Clinton with Callis and the DeWitt County Democrats.

The senator posted a photo with the tweet showing four people in attendance, prompting a response from the Illinois Truth Team - a group of residents who believe the state is heading in the wrong direction.

"Perhaps Big Mike Frerichs and his team should be thinking twice about what they're posting to their social networks. This isn't exactly sending the right signals," a post on the organization's website says.

"If I was Ann Callis and her team, I'd be running - as fast as I can - away from Team Mike Frerichs. I wouldn't want to be sucked down that hole that always seems to be created by his own miss-steps."

Frerichs and the Dewitt County Democrats did not respond to requests for comment.

Callis, a former Madison County judge, is paired against U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis in the general election.

Callis stepped down from a 19-year career on the bench last year to make a bid for the 13th congressional district. In the March primary, she easily defeated challengers George Gollin and David Green, allowing her to go on to face Davis in the November general election.

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