The campaign for Steve McGlynn, who is running for the 5th District Court of Appeals in Mount Vernon, has filed another ethics complaint against his opponent, Judy Cates.
The McGlynn camp accused Cates of sending out "false and grossly misleading robocalls" in which Cates falsely accused McGlynn of supporting the closure of the Murray Center in Centralia, and a Cates radio ad misstating Steve McGlynn's handling of drug cases.
"Judge McGlynn supports the efforts of Sens. John O. Jones and Kyle McCarter and Rep. John Cavaletto to keep the Murray Center open," said spokesman Matthew Pickett. "Gov. Quinn and the Illinois Democrats are the ones who want to close the Murray Center and impact thousands of lives in the middle of the Fifth Appellate District."
Barzin Emami, Cates' spokesman, said Cates couldn't comment directly on her position on the Murray Center because the case may end up before the appeals court.
"Judy Cates supports all the Southern Illinois Democrats who are trying to keep the Murray Center open," Emami said. He declined to comment specifically on the robocall allegations. He stood behind the radio ad and said, "It is all true."
"Steve McGlynn cannot hide his judicial record behind lawyers," Emami said. "The fact is, as a judge, McGlynn has put drug dealers back on the streets instead of keeping our communities safe."
Voters hear robo-call from President Clinton
Bill Enyart, the Democratic nominee for the 12th U.S. House District, got a boost Monday from ex-President Bill Clinton, whose recorded 30-second endorsement of Enyart reached the phones of an estimated 144,000 voters across the district's 12 counties.
The voters who heard the Clinton robo-call were a mix of Democrats and undecided voters. They were selected on the basis of how well they would respond to the former President's pitch for Enyart, according to Jason Bresler, Enyart's campaign manager.
"It's folks who we thought would appreciate a message from Bill Clinton," Bresler said.
Enyart, 63, a Belleville lawyer and retired commander of the Illinois National Guard, is running in Tuesday's election against GOP nominee Jason Plummer, a Fairview Heights businessman, and Green Party candidate Paula Bradshaw, a Carbondale emergency room nurse.
The three candidates are seeking to replace U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello, D-Belleville, who is retiring after 24 years in office.