BOST ISSUES VICTORY STATEMENT

MURPHYSBORO, IL– U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) released the following statement declaring victory in the 12th Congressional District race Tuesday evening:

“Tracy and I can’t thank the people of Southern Illinois enough for their support and their prayers. Our victory tonight sends a powerful message to out-of-touch politicians everywhere that we’re unified and unyielding in the fight for our conservative values. Joe Biden’s going to be held accountable for destroying the economy, ignoring the border crisis, and taking us from America First to America Last in two years flat. But none of this would be possible without the trust of voters from across our vast 12th District. Serving you is truly the honor of a lifetime.”

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BOST ANNOUNCES ENDORSEMENTS FROM 20 GOP CENTRAL COMMITTEE LEADERS

MURPHYSBORO, IL– U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today announced that his re-election campaign has been endorsed by 20 Republican Central Committee leaders from across the newly-mapped 12th Congressional District. Bost’s coalition of support includes the 12th District Central Committee chair and vice-chair; all 11 county chairs from Bost’s current district; and seven chairs redistricted from the current 15th District into the new 12th District.

“As leaders of Illinois’ 12th District Republican Central Committee, we are pleased to endorse Congressman Mike Bost for re-election,” said the IL-12 Central Committee leaders in a joint statement. He has a proven track record of fighting for our conservative values and delivering real results for Southern Illinois families during his service in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Illinois General Assembly. As Democrats in Washington continue to tax and spend their way towards socialism, Mike is the strong conservative voice we need to push back on their extreme agenda. We proudly support Congressman Mike Bost and look forward to working together on behalf of the people of Southern Illinois.”

“Tracy and I have been blessed with the tremendous support and friendship of so many Republican leaders across Southern Illinois,” said Bost. “I am truly honored to receive their endorsements so early on in the campaign. We’ve already begun building an aggressive grassroots operation and I am confident our momentum will only continue to grow. As your representative, I do not take your trust in me lightly. I will always fight for our shared constitutional conservative values in Congress.”

GOP Leaders Endorsing Bost:
Barb Viviano
IL-12 Central Committee Chairwoman

Bruce Morgenstern
IL-12 Deputy Central Committee Vice-Chairman

Evelyn Caldwell
Alexander County Republican Central Committee Chairwoman

Jim Kerley
Franklin County Republican Central Committee Chairman

Rob Prince
Gallatin County Republican Central Committee Chairman

Rhonda Belford
Hardin County Republican Central Committee Chairman

Jason Svanda
Jackson County Republican Central Committee Chairman

Randy Winn
Jefferson County Republican Central Committee Chairman

Kenneth Wiggs
Johnson County Republican Central Committee Chairman

Brian Bauer 
Massac County Republican Central Committee Chairman

Ed McLean
Monroe County Republican Central Committee Chairman

Bruce Rodely
Perry County Republican Central Committee Chairman

Kelvin Kunath
Pope County Republican Central Committee Chairman 

Tadge Wilson
Pulaski County Republican Central Committee Chairman 

Wanda Dethrow
Randolph County Republican Central Committee Chairwoman

JC Kowa
Richland County Republican Central Committee Chairman

Cheryl Mathews
St. Clair County Republican Central Committee Chairwoman

Stan Hunter
Union County Republican Central Committee Chairman

Steve Fletcher
Washington County Republican Central Committeeman for Pilot Knob Precinct

Jeff Diederich
Williamson County Republican Central Committee Chairman

MIKE BOST ANNOUNCES RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN

MURPHYSBORO, IL– U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today announced that he is running for re-election in Illinois’ 12th Congressional District:

“With Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi running roughshod in Washington, D.C., Southern Illinoisans need a battle-tested conservative fighting for them now more than ever. Today, I’m proud to announce my candidacy for re-election in the 12th Congressional District. I have never wavered in defense of our constitutional conservative values; and I will always stand up for the hardworking families, veterans, farmers, and job creators of Southern Illinois who feel abandoned by the liberals in Washington.”

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Brendan Kelly: A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

Hypocrite Brendan Kelly is at it again. He’s once again relying on the extreme liberal wing of his party to fund his campaign. This time he’s enlisted the help of Senator Elizabeth Warren, who wants to abolish ICE and implement socialized medicine.

“Brendan Kelly is a wolf in sheep’s clothing,” said Dustin Rhodes, Campaign Manager for Mike Bost. “Despite casting himself as a moderate, he’s relying on the extreme liberal wing of his party to fund his campaign. From environmental activists in Oregon to the face of the ‘resistance,’ Senator Elizabeth Warren, Brendan Kelly is telling Southern Illinoisans lies while liberal extremists bankroll his campaign.”

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Transportation Trade Union Endorses Bost for Re-Election

MURPHYSBORO, IL – The International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART), today announced its endorsement of U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) for re-election. SMART- Transportation is the largest railroad union in North America, with more than 500 locals. It represents employees on every Class I and Class II railroad, as well as employees on many regional and shortline railroads. It also represents bus and mass transit employees on approximately 45 bus and transit systems.

“I’m honored to have the endorsement of the SMART labor union,” said Bost. “As a former dues-paying labor union member and member of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, I’ve consistently voted to protect the prevailing wage and the ability to collectively bargain. Southern Illinois working families know I’m fighting for them in Congress.”

“SMART-Transportation endorsed Rep. Bost because of his strong support of Amtrak, and general labor issues. He is one of the top Republicans in the Congress in supporting issues that are important to us,” said John Risch, National Legislative Director for SMART-Transportation.

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BND: Kelly says Congress needs new leaders. Bost asks why he’s taking old leaders’ money.
Democratic St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly (right), who is challenging U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, says he won’t vote for Nancy Pelosi to be speaker of the House if he wins in November. BND File Photo

The Bellleville News-Democrat

BY JOSEPH BUSTOS

September 20, 2018

If St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly is elected to Congress and he and his fellow Democrats are able to take control of the U.S. House of Representatives, Kelly will face a leadership vote.

While on the campaign trail, the Swansea Democrat seeking to unseat U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, has said he will not vote for Nancy Pelosi to be speaker of the House, no matter the situation.

“I will not be voting for Nancy Pelosi under any circumstance,” Kelly said. “I think what’s going to happen is we’ll have so many new people in Congress, that are veterans, that have a different life experience. You’re going to see a generational change in our leadership.

“It’s not just directed at one person,” Kelly added. “I think we need a whole leadership cadre at the top.” Kelly hasn’t selected anyone in particular he would support for speaker.

“I will support the candidate for speaker that will do the most for the people of Southern Illinois,” Kelly said.

Kelly says his position isn’t motivated by political polling about Pelosi.

“I have never seen a poll that says one way or the other about her. It has nothing to do with her, as much as it is the need for the country to break the log jam that we find ourselves in,” Kelly said. “In order to overcome this divide we do have to have new people. We do need a new generation. I think the folks that are at the top now who have been in control of both parties for a long time are not moving the country passed those divisions.”

Opposing Nancy Pelosi

Pelosi has lots of fundraising power in the Democratic Party. The California leader has been in the Democratic leadership in the House since 2003, and served as speaker of the House for four years.

Kelly has raised money with Pelosi. Pelosi was advertised to appear at fundraisers in Apriland June for Illinois candidates, including the St. Clair County Democrat. In August, Kelly had a fundraiser with Steny Hoyer, the House minority party whip, one of Pelosi’s lieutenants, according to invitations shared by Republican operatives.

Kelly’s position on Pelosi is one held by many Democrats hoping to be a part of the 116th Congress. Nearly 60 Democratic representatives or candidates running for Congress have said they oppose Pelosi.

Earlier this summer, Pelosi, who wants to be speaker again, was asked about Democrats coming out against her being the House leader.

“We just want to win, that’s the simplest answer of all,” Pelosi said. “When I’m not in the Capitol and I’m some place else, I’m raising money to elect those very people.”

Republicans criticize Kelly

The National Republican Campaign Committee criticized Kelly for taking Pelosi’s help, and help from her lieutenants, to raise campaign dollars while calling for new leadership.

“If Brendan Kelly is going to talk the talk, then he needs to walk the walk too,” said NRCC spokeswoman Maddie Anderson. “If he truly wants ‘new leadership,’ he needs to return leadership’s money immediately.”

The Bost campaign also has criticized planned advertising in the area for the fall by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and House Majority PAC, a super PAC aligned with Democrats.

“If Brendan Kelly has an ounce of honesty in him, he should call for Nancy Pelosi and her D.C. cronies to pull all advertising from the 12th district,” said Dustin Rhodes, Bost’s campaign manager. “Anything short of that is just another example of his hypocritical doublespeak.”

Kelly called the criticism an act of desperation and called it a “divisive approach.”

“They can’t run on their records, they can’t run on any great thing they’ve done for the country,” Kelly said. “My opponent cannot run on anything great he has done for Southern Illinois, so he’s got to focus on these personalities.”

With current Speaker of the House Paul Ryan leaving the House at the end the term, Bost would have to vote for someone new if he’s elected. He has said he would support current House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, of California.

On the campaign trail, Bost has talked about how Pelosi wants be back in the speaker position if Democrats take back the House. In a television ad, the second-term congressman said he’s been fighting against Pelosi and that Kelly supports her.

“Regardless of what my opponent says, what he doesn’t understand is pressure will be put on him if all of a sudden they win, because her base in that caucus, still holds to her,” Bost said. “He’s never been through one of those votes when you’re arguing over who you’re going to be voting for the leader and/or speaker.”

Read the entire story HERE.

Brendan Kelly Resorts to Madigan, Pelosi Playbook

After claiming he wants to change the tone in politics, Brendan Kelly has just taken the 12th District race into the gutter with a new attack ad right out of the playbook of Mike Madigan and Nancy Pelosi. In the 30-second television spot, Kelly lies about Bost’s record on health care in an effort to distract from the thousands of dollars he’s taken from allies fighting for socialized medicine.

So, let’s correct the record:

Claim: Mike Bost “voted to charge older Americans a massive age tax…”
Reality: Obamacare created an arbitrary “age-rating” regulation that increased premiums for patients of all ages. Mike Bost supported reforms that reflected realistic costs in coverage to help lower premiums and improve access for patients purchasing health care in the individual market. These reforms would encourage more young enrollees to purchase coverage and improve the market for everyone.

Claim: voted to “cut protections for people with pre-existing conditions…”
Reality: During last year’s debate on repealing Obamacare, Mike Bost made clear that those with pre-existing conditions should continue to receive coverage. Bost voted for an amendment which ensured that patients could not be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition.

Claim: voted to “raise costs in Southern Illinois… ”
Reality: Nancy Pelosi and Washington Democrats promised that Obamacare would lower premiums and increase health care access. Instead, Obamacare resulted in many counties in Illinois’ 12th Congressional District having only one option for insurance, and that plan’s premiums skyrocketed by 70 percent in a single year.

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BOST RECEIVES NRA-PVF ENDORSEMENT

MURPHYSBORO, IL – Rep. Mike Bost announced today he has received an “A rating” and an endorsement from the National Rifle Association’s Political Victory Fund.

“Mike Bost is an unwavering Second Amendment advocate with a strong record of standing up for the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens,” said Chris Cox, the NRA’s Legislative Director.  “While serving in the Illinois House of Representatives, Mike tirelessly championed pro-gun legislation, including the right of Illinoisans to carry a concealed firearm. Most recently, Bost stood up to the Obama administration’s efforts to push their gun control agenda. We can trust Mike Bost to defend our constitutional freedoms.”

“As a gun owner and a sportsman, I am proud to receive the endorsement of the NRA’s Political Victory Fund,” said Bost.  “Law-abiding gun owners in Southern Illinois understand the important role that firearms play in keeping families safe and helping preserve our region’s proud sporting heritage.”

Bost for Congress Job Creator Coalition

The following is a list of business owners supporting Mike Bost’s re-election:

John Odle- Franklin County
David Green- Franklin County
Greg Woodlard- Franklin County
Shaun Mulroney- Jackson County
Cynthia Boester- Jackson County
Keith Klaine- Jackson County
Gary and Jane Tretter- Jackson County
Pete Polete- Jackson County
Philip Alvis- Jackson County
Whitney O’Daniel- Jackson County
Oren Coffer- Jackson County
Thomas Miller- Jackson County
Lane Harvey- Jefferson County
Charles West- Madison County
Dale Ferguson- Madison County
James Nativi- Madison County
Walter Mohr- Perry County
Rudy Rice- Perry County
James Honey- Pulaski County
Ronald White- Randolph County
Mark Meyerhoff- Randolph County
Larry Kraft- St. Clair County
Steve Baehr- St. Clair County
Steven Gray- St. Clair County
Matt Smallheer- St. Clair County
Paul Evans- St. Clair County
William Kuzma- St. Clair County
Len Glover- St. Clair County
Ron Osman- Williamson County
Winston Throgmorton- Williamson County