IL13 race: Callis releases TV ad, GOP attacks 'life of privilege'

By David Yates | Aug 28, 2014

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (Legal Newsline) – Democratic congressional hopeful Ann Callis unveiled her new TV ad Wednesday – a 30-second spot that has the right attacking her “privileged background.”

Callis, a former Madison County judge, stepped down from a 19-year career on the bench last year to make a bid for the 13th Congressional District. She will face U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, a Republican, in the general election.

The ad, titled “Good Guys,” highlights Callis’ pledge to fight for the people working to ensure communities stay strong and safe, including teachers and soldiers.

“From the beginning, this campaign has been about standing with the men and women in Illinois who are working each day to make our communities stronger and safer,” said Callis.

“As the mom of a teacher and an Army Ranger, this fight is personal for me. While my opponent is a political insider who hires lobbyists and fights to protect his Congressional perks, I’ll never forget that Congress should work for the people who we have the honor to serve.”

Although Callis’ son is Army Ranger, not everyone believes she’s looking out for the “good guys.”

Katie Prill, spokesperson for the National Republican Congressional Committee, issued the following statement in response to the ad:

“Ann Callis is trying to fool Illinois families into thinking she is concerned with helping the middle class. Callis has lived a life of privilege and has benefited from her wealthy father’s status in Democrat politics her entire life. When Callis says she will look out for the good guys, she really means she will fight for the elite of the Democrat party and no one else.”

Callis’s father, Lance Callis, is a managing partner at the Granite City law firm Callis Papa Hale & Szewczyk.

Prill’s statement was gleaned from capitolfax.com.

Reach David Yates at elections@legalnewsline.com

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