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Group twists U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez surprise Saviano endorsement in the 77th House District

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Were he alive, Lewis Carroll might be proud of the mysterious Alliance for Illinois Taxpayers political action committee.

The group is trying to upend the race for the west-suburban 77th House District into something from "Alice in Wonderland."

The organization aligned with Democrat Kathleen Willis, of Addison, has already footed the bill for two mailers that portray incumbent state Rep. Angelo "Skip" Saviano (R-Elmwood Park) as a tool of House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago).

Saviano and Madigan once were close, but no more. In fact, the powerful House speaker is funneling hundreds of thousands of dollars into the campaign of his virtually invisible Democratic House candidate to help defeat Saviano.

Now comes yet another anti-Saviano mail piece from the group, this one implying somehow that U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) and Willis are politically aligned and "will stand up for our families." The mailer shows side-by-side headshots of Gutierrez and Willis.

The only problem is that Gutierrez endorsed Saviano last week in a blow to Willis, praising the 10-term incumbent's "wonderful" record on immigration issues.

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