Big guns pulled out for last minute stumping

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) (foreground) stands with Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti and Decatur statehouse candidate Dan Caulkins at a news conference in Decatur to denounce Democratic gubernatorial candidate JB Pritzker Thursday (PHOTO:Dave Dahl)

 

By Dave Dahl

SPRINGFIELD– A high-profile visit at a high-dollar luncheon comes in the closing weeks of a Downstate Congressional race. Just don’t tell three-term incumbent U.S Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) it’s a desperate move.

“I certainly wouldn’t say anybody’s desperate to have the Vice President of the United States come; it’s a great opportunity,” Davis tells WJBC News. “When you have people who are funding my opponent’s campaign, like Barbra Streisand and the Hollywood elites,and people in California, San Francisco, Massachusetts, we’ve got to be able to raise funds to get our message out, and the Vice President is the one who wanted to come help us do that.”

Davis’ Democratic opponent, Betsy Dirksen Londrigan, reports a $1,000 contribution from Streisand.

Pence headlines a country club luncheon Friday afternoon in Springfield.

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