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17th CD challenger Esther Joy King releases new ad about Cheri Bustos’ “One Million”



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IL 17th CD – Republican challenger Esther Joy King's new ad criticizes Democrat incumbent Cheri Bustos for focusing more on pleasing D.C. insiders like Nancy Pelosi over her 17th CD constituents. 

King's campaign called into question Cheri Bustos’s record on agribusiness, manufacturing, and the economy.

“Illinois has lost a large number of family farms and good jobs since Cheri Bustos was elected nearly a decade ago,” said Esther Joy King, Republican candidate for the Illinois 17th Congressional District in the Nov. 3, 2020, General Election. “This race is about making sure that our district has the best possible representation and we aren’t left behind. The most recent Bustos ad runs like she is running in a GOP primary, and it sure doesn’t align with her record.

Bustos was against USMCA before she was for it, she voted to use taxpayer dollars to give loans to Chinese state-controlled businesses, and she voted against a measure to protect American jobs from going to China, King's campaign said.

"She voted against protecting health care coverage for manufacturing workers. She says one thing when she visits Illinois on campaign stops, but she votes 100% of the time with Nancy Pelosi when she’s in Washington, D.C. She talks about getting us back to work, but for political reasons she has helped stalemate the effort to pass legislation to start fixing our economy,” they said

In her third campaign ad, "One Million," on television and digital media, King criticizes how Bustos has made over $1 million in taxpayer dollars as a congresswoman and instead of working to advance the manufacturing and agribusiness needs of our district to save family farms and create jobs, she has used her time in Washington, D.C., to work her way up the political ladder.

"Cheri Bustos likes to ride on combines in her TV ads, but we've lost over 4,000 family farms since she was elected," King says in her ad. "Cheri Bustos likes to pose with working people, but good jobs seem to be harder and harder to find." The ad quotes statistics that over 22% of men ages 35-44 are out of work, and Illinois incomes are among the lowest in the country.

She adds: "Instead of working for us, Cheri has worked her way up the political ladder" to become the leader of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s campaign team, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).

King, a JAG officer in the U.S. Army Reserve, ends the spot by reminding viewers she has only one mission: "I work for you.”

King, who announced her candidacy to represent the Illinois 17th Congressional District on Aug. 21, 2019, and won the March 17, 2020, primary by a margin of 65.1% to 34.9%, is a vocal advocate for improving constituent service and representing the values and priorities of central, western, and northwestern Illinois.


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  1. Wow, I am so impressed by Esther Joy King. We have some amazing young candidates for congress and state house and state senate this year. I just wonder, will we conservatives, who bellyache about the bunch in Springfield and Washington DC, bother to support these great people? They need money, and they need lit drops. Lit drops require packaging and walking. They need phoners. Come on, people!!