Metro-East News

Duckworth ad features Granite City steelworkers

U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Hoffman Estates, who is running for the U.S. Senate, has released a new television advertisement titled “Granite City.”

The ad features people who have been laid off from Granite City Steel. Duckworth, who is challenging first-term incumbent Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Illinois, met with a group of steelworkers in February during a visit to the metro-east, and used images from the visit in the 30-second spot.

In the ad, she discusses trade practices and steel dumping, among other things.

Duckworth’s campaign said it plans to run the ad statewide, and rotate it with a biographical ad about overcoming adversity.

“Tammy is running for Senate to help families like her own — families that have been knocked down but haven’t given up. She supports trade policies that put Illinois workers first, not multinational corporations,” said Duckworth deputy campaign manager Matt McGrath.

As of June 30 of this year, Duckworth’s campaign has spent $556,015 on media buys, according to Federal Election Commission records.

Kirk’s campaign, which has spent $1.16 million on media buys just in the first two quarters of 2016, criticized Duckworth’s ad.

“Rep. Duckworth’s hypocrisy is swift and stunning,” said campaign manager Kevin Artl. “Just last week in Chicago, Duckworth was praising the reauthorization of the Export-Import bank, an accomplishment largely due to Senator Mark Kirk’s bipartisan leadership that helped protect 43,000 Illinois jobs. Yet now in downstate Illinois, Duckworth is attacking Senator Kirk on trade.”