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VIDEO: DGA Launches New Video Hitting IL GOP Gubernatorial Field for Anti-Science Records

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New Candidate, Jesse Sullivan, Has Spent First Days On The Trail Continuing Anti-Science Tradition

The DGA is launching a new video in Illinois that slams the growing GOP gubernatorial field for their reckless disregard for public safety throughout the pandemic. Watch the video here.

While the rest of the field have already gotten a head start, Jesse Sullivan, the newest to join the growing primary, has quickly jumped on the anti-science bandwagon. Sullivan has repeatedly opposed measures to mitigate the spread of COVID, and he’s not the only anti-science Republican in the race. Gary Rabine, Darren Bailey, and Paul Schimpf have all similarly opposed common-sense safety measures.

Sullivan, Rabine, Bailey, and Schimpf have baselessly criticized the leadership of Gov. JB Pritzker, who acted swiftly to protect the health of Illinoisans when the pandemic hit. As Republicans flounder on public safety, Gov. Pritzker is putting Illinois back on a firm fiscal footing to emerge from the pandemic even stronger.

“As Republican primary candidates vie for the support of Trump’s extremist base, they’ve taken to spreading dangerous lies and threatening public safety with their negligence,” said DGA Senior Communications Advisor Christina Amestoy. “The growing primary field is in a full-on race to the far-right, and that means adopting an unpopular anti-science, anti-safety, and anti-Illinois platform that voters will reject at the ballot box.”

See below for the full transcript of the one-minute video: 

Reporter: What would you tell people today who are still holding out, who have not been vaccinated?

Gary Rabine: Mandating of this vaccine, of these vaccines, is crazy.

Jesse Sullivan: Mandating and forcing actions is not the way that I would handle things.

Reporter: Today, Bailey says he believes everything in the state should be open — no capacity limits, no restrictions.

Paul Schimpf: I voted against the governor’s mask mandate.