WASHINGTON--There's a big Democratic primary heating up in Chicago's 10th congressional district, turf taking in far north and northwest suburban suburbs.
Democrat Dan Seals is looking for a rematch with Rep. Mark Steven Kirk (R-Ill.) Seals lost to Kirk in 2006 by six points. But first Seals has to survive a primary contest with Jay Footlik, who served in the Cliinton White House. Footlik launched his first commercial this week on cable outlets in the district. LINK
Footlik hits Kirk in his first spot. "I'm ready to get done what Mark Kirk hasn't."
The contest will be one of the most expensive in the nation. Third quarter fund-raising reports gives Seals $498,872 cash on hand; Footlik, making his first run for office, has a $414,018 warchest. The winner faces Kirk, who has stockpiled $1.5 million and has no primary opponent.
In a district where the Jewish vote is crucial, Footlik has a funder Sunday in Winnetka headlined by Dennis Ross, former Middle East envoy in the Clinton White House.
The Footlik ad was produced by Jennifer Burton, a partner at Envision Communications.