Lawmakers claim deception with 'no budget, no pay' mailers
Several Republican state representatives, along with Deputy Gov. Leslie Munger, recently spoke at a news conference to discuss Democratic ad mailers supporting “no budget, no pay” proposals.
"I try to stay out of the political limelight now and just focus on good state government, but, when I saw the latest round of mailers that went out, specifically talking about 'No Budget, No Pay,' I said, 'this looks so familiar, where have I heard of this before?' And of course, it's because it was my initiative from two years ago," Munger said.
Munger said she was there as a private citizen on her own time, as she is not a candidate for office now. Munger pushed for "no budget, no pay” as Illinois State Comptroller but Democratic lawmakers obstructed it, she said.
"There are a lot of words on these pages," she said. "And most of these are sent by the Democratic Party of Illinois, which is run by [House] Speaker [Mike] Madigan."
Munger said the words on the advertisement mean nothing without people to back them up.
"These words mean nothing if we don’t have people willing to stand up and do what they say they will do," Munger said. "We have to be choosy voters."
Illinoisans need to vote for people who will not support the status quo and not continue the empty promises that have been going through the House and Senate, Munger said.
"Remember these words today: Deeds not words," she said. "We have to be choosy voters. We're choosy when we purchase any major expense. We need to vote for people who will stand up for the taxpayers. Deeds, not words. Be a choosy voter.”
Reps. Peter Breen (R-Lombard), Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield), Margo McDermed (R-Frankfort) and Tom Morrison (R-Plainfield) joined Munger at the news conference.
The speakers discussed their districts and opponents. They also produced several examples of mailers from each of the districts that touted ideas that they championed long before the Democrat opponent made those mailers, the lawmakers said.
The representatives claimed their Democratic opponents were not working toward “no budget, no pay,” but are capitalizing on it to get votes with no intention of following through.
There were also several mailers claiming to cut property taxes that the Republican attendees said were also being used to get votes.