Brad Schneider called "progressive Democrat" in GOP video UPDATE

Written By Sun-Times Wire Posted: 08/08/2012, 09:19am

Updated with react from Schneider campaign manager Reed Adamson..

Democrat Brad Schneider survived a big March primary to clinch the 10th District nomination–leaving behind a trail of video of quotes–used against him Wednesday in a video by the Illinois Republican Party distributed by the National Republican Congressional Committee–the GOP House political shop. Schneider is in one of the most watched races in the nation, against freshman Rep. Bob Dold (R-Ill.)

The “accusation” and point in the video is that Schneider is a “progressive” Democrat–that’s code for pushing out the notion that Schneider is supposedly too liberal for the north suburban 10th district–a hotbed of moderate politics.

For the record: Democrat Ilya Sheyman ran to the left of Schneider in the primary–and was the candidate who came out of the Democratic progressive movement.

From the NRCC: “Brad Schneider is in quite the pickle after running as an extreme progressive during his primary race. Illinois families need to know if Brad Schneider will double down on his extreme progressive values or do a 180 and run to the center in a lame attempt to placate voters.” – NRCC Spokeswoman Katie Prill.

React from Adamson:

“Brad has been focused on fixing the Tea Party dysfunction in Congress and creating jobs and a strong future for all of our families since the day he announced this campaign. Unlike Congressman Robert Dold who keeps trying to play political games with his Tea Party record in Washington, Brad is proud of his positions of standing up for a woman’s right to choose, marriage and workplace equality, and to protecting our natural resources like the Great Lakes. That’s why NARAL, HRC, LCV, and Illinois firefighters, are all standing with Brad.”