WATCH: In new ‘cutting’ ad, Quinn mows lawn -- with push-mower

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All that was missing were the plaid shorts and black socks.

Gov. Pat Quinn is using his latest TV ad to put forward an everyman image, showing the governor cutting his front yard just like he’s “cutting” government excess.

As he pushes a lawn mower that’s 63 years old, Quinn cites cutting spending and office space, as well as putting a hold on lawmakers’ paychecks.

Of course, there’s obvious irony to the ad. Back in May, Quinn’s neighbors in Galewood complained that the governor’s yard was overgrown with weeds.

At the time, Quinn’s spokeswoman, Brooke Anderson, said Quinn was a good neighbor and taking care of the lawn was “on his to-do list.”

Here’s the transcript:

Governor Quinn: “When I became Governor, state government needed to be cut, just like my lawn. So I got to work. I cut state spending by $5 billion, cut over 2 million square feet of office space, closed 50 state properties, and we’re selling 9 state airplanes. I suspended legislators’ pay along with my own. We balanced the budget in a fiscally responsible way. I’m Pat Quinn, I’m working to fix the mess and I’m not finished.”

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