Weeks after being targeted with campaign mailers stating that she is nothing more than a stooge for Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan, Jillian Rose Bernas is still waiting for an apology from her opponent, Charlotte Kegarise.
The two are battling it out in the Republican primary for the 56th House seat in a bid to unseat four-term Democrat Michelle Mussman.
Bernas, 35, says that the House Republican Organization (HRO), the political arm of the House Republican leadership, orchestrated the mailers – one depicts her as a puppet on strings with Madigan as the marionette. HRO has pulled similar campaign tricks in other races against primary candidates not hand-picked by leadership to run for the seat.
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