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Republicans say Democrat Rep. Jerry Costello vulnerable under congressional map he drew

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WASHINGTON--Rep. Jerry Costello (D-Ill.)--the dean of the Illinois Democratic House delegation--who took the lead in working with Springfield Democrats in the congressional remap which heavily favors Democrats--is getting payback from Republicans, who usually have left him alone.

Costelllo is hit on Medicare--in a web ad that basically says he did not support a GOP Medicare overhaul plan. It's a bit of table turning; Democrats are going after Republicans--(re the Democratic recent win in a New York House race) over the Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) Medicare proposal. Now the GOP is going after a Democrat over Medicare.

A GOP source told me the National Republican Congressional Committee did the spot because they think Costello left himself weaker in the new district he drew for himself to run from in 2012. Illinois Republicans asked Gov. Pat Quinn not to sign the map and signaled they will fight the Democratic plan in federal court.

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