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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When St. Clair County Women Said, “Me Too,” Brendan Kelly Said, “So What?”

Brendan Kelly’s abysmal record of protecting victims of sexual assault was exposed yet again this week, as KSDK detailed the 2017 case of a St. Clair County sheriff’s deputy who twice raped a woman in Cahokia. When Brendan Kelly had the opportunity to deliver justice for the victim, he instead issued two “official misconduct” charges that carry an embarrassing sentence of two to five years.

“Time after time, Brendan Kelly has proven that he can’t be trusted to protect victims of sexual assault,” said Dustin Rhodes, campaign manager for Mike Bost. “This is just another example of Mr. Kelly letting a violent predator off with a slap on the wrist. He’s failed to do his job, but now he wants a promotion. When Southern Illinois women said, ‘Me too,’ Brendan Kelly said, ‘So what?’”

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Brendan Kelly’s Lies and Pelosi Ties on Display at Candidate Debate

Carbondale – Bost For Congress Campaign Manager Dustin Rhodes released the following statement after Tuesday night’s candidate debate in Carbondale.

“Mike Bost effectively made his closing argument for reelection this evening. He shared his record of working across the aisle to grow jobs, cut taxes, help our veterans, and keep our classrooms safe. Brendan Kelly, on the other hand, rolled out the same false, Nancy Pelosi-style attacks that have been debunked and disputed time and again. Voters witnessed the stark differences between a leader with a record of delivering for his constituents and a candidate who failed miserably in convincing Southern Illinoisans to change course and turn left.”

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TRUMP, BOST TO RALLY IN MURPHYSBORO

MURPHYSBORO – U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today announced that President Donald Trump plans to visit Southern Illinois for a campaign rally on Saturday, October 27.

“I’m honored to have the president visit Southern Illinois,” said Bost. “President Trump enjoys wide support in Southern Illinois for good reason. I’ve worked with him to bring 800 steel jobs back in Granite City, reform the VA, and give working families a $2200 tax cut.” 

Individuals and media outlets planning to attend, visit HERE for more information.

WHO: Rep. Mike Bost, President Donald Trump
WHAT: Campaign Rally
WHERE: Southern Illinois Airport
Hangar 6
605 Flightline Road
Murphysboro, IL 62966
WHEN: Saturday, October 27, 4:30PM (CDT)
DOORS OPEN 1:30PM (CDT)

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Federal Correctional Workers Endorse Bost for Re-Election

MARION, IL – The Council of Prison Locals C-33 today announced its endorsement of U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) for re-election to Congress. Council of Prison Locals C-33, a part of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), represents more than 30,000 bargaining unit employees in the United States. The Council is made of workers in virtually all levels of the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

“Time after time, Congressman Bost has stepped up to the plate for federal correctional workers,” said E.O. Young, National President AFGE, CPL C-33. “In these tough political times, Congressman Bost has been a constant voice for our members, their safety, and their families.”

“I’ve visited USP Marion to see the important work correctional officers do and hear firsthand about the issues they face,” said Bost. “I’ve also fought in Congress for their key legislative priorities, including the Correctional Officer Protection Act, the Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act, the Correctional Officer Self-Protection Act, and the Thin Blue Line Act. Corrections officers know that I will always have their back.”

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Coal Miners Union Endorses Bost for Re-Election

SESSER, IL – The National Council of Coal Miners Political Action Committee (COMPAC), the political arm of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA), today endorsed U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) for re-election to Congress. The UMWA is the largest union in North America representing coal miners and is one of the largest in the world. The UMWA represents workers in and around underground coal mines, surface mining operations, and preparation plants.

“We very much appreciate the support Congressman Bost has given both active and retired coal miners and their families, especially in such difficult times as the coal industry is experiencing today,” said UMWA International President Cecil E. Roberts. “His strong voice in support of our members is an inspiration to us all.”

“My grandfather served as president of United Mine Workers Local 1457 nearly half a century ago. Coal mining is in my blood and is part of Southern Illinois’ heritage,” said Bost. “I understand the important work generations of Southern Illinois miners have put into powering our nation. I am proud to have their endorsement, and I will always fight for them in Washington.”

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Cairo Mayor Tyrone Coleman Endorses Bost for Re-Election

CAIRO, IL – Tyrone Coleman, mayor of Cairo, Illinois, today announced his endorsement of U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) for re-election. Coleman and Bost have worked extensively in a bipartisan manner to address public housing issues in Alexander County.

“As mayor of Cairo, I’ve seen firsthand how much Mike Bost cares about the communities he represents,” said Tyron Coleman. “ Mike is a fighter and a leader, and Southern Illinois needs him in Washington, D.C. I’m proud to support Mike Bost for Congress.

“I’m thankful to Mayor Coleman for his endorsement, but more importantly for his friendship,” said Bost. “I respect the mayor’s strong leadership in addressing the challenges facing his city, and I am proud to work with him, as Republican and Democrat, to build a brighter future.”

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Infrastructure Union Endorses Bost for Re-Election

MURPHYSBORO, IL – The International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 150 today announced its endorsement of U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) for re-election. IUOE Local 150 represents approximately 23,000 men and women working in a variety of construction and other industries throughout our region.

“As a member of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, I’m honored to have the endorsement of the IUOE,” said Bost. “I have always had 2 goals while serving on the committee. I want to help build and maintain the infrastructure in Southern Illinois. I also want to ensure the men and women constructing these infrastructure projects can collectively bargain for wages and benefits consistent with their skill and professionalism. Hardworking families in Southern Illinois should be able to support themselves after an honest day’s work.”

“The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 is proud to endorse Mike Bost for re-election to Congress,” said James Sweeney, President-Business Manager of IUOE Local 150. “Our members can count on Mike Bost to protect their collective bargaining rights and the federal prevailing wage laws that support a middle-class living. In addition, Southern Illinoisans can rely on Mike Bost to fight for safe infrastructure that spurs economic activity and job creation.”

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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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Politifact Calls Brendan Kelly’s Attacks “False”

By Stephen Koff

Politifact

In Illinois, Brendan Kelly wants to cash in on a Mike Bost vote

In Washington, Mike Bost has agreed consistently that Congress members, earning $174,00 a year, don’t need a pay raise. But the Illinois Republican spent two decades in his state’s General Assembly before his 2014 election to Congress, and in one of those years — 11 years ago — he voted for a 9.6 percent pay raise for state lawmakers.

You can guess where this is going.

“While southern Illinois families struggled, Bost voted to raise his own pay.” So said a campaign ad from his Democratic challenger, Brendan Kelly.

Is this true? The suggestion is that Bost took care of himself and his lawmaker friends rather than the taxpayers. But Bost’s record of voting against pay raises is much longer.

The single vote

In 2007, the Illinois General Assembly was trying to pass a 75-page, multipart supplemental spending bill to fund schools, multiple state agencies and employee salaries. By the time it came up for a final vote, other lawmakers had included a measure to raise the assembly’s pay, with rank-and-file members’ salaries rising to $63,143 from $57,619. The Legislature had not received a raise, even one to cover cost-of-living increases, in several years, but this was controversial nevertheless because of claims that the state had bigger priorities, and limited resources.

Supporters of the bill said its passage was essential — not because of the pay raise but because the underlying bill contained multiple other state funding measures. That’s why Bost said he voted yes.

He had voted no the previous year on a similar measure with a proposed 9.6 percent pay hike.

Bost had also voted against pay raises numerous other times, his campaign and Illinois media said. WSIL-TV, an Illinois ABC affiliate, reported that while in the Illinois Legislature, “Bost voted against pay increases for lawmakers more than a dozen times, and even voted to require furlough days for legislators, actually reducing compensation.”

The Belleville News-Democrat, examining Illinois General Assembly documents, found the same thing in its own examination.

Now in Congress nearly four years, Bost has voted to freeze congressional pay 12 times. The number of votes exceeds his time in Congress because annual spending bills typically go through several stages, requiring several votes.

A nuance

This is about pay raises, but inflation-linked cost-of-living, or COLA, increases are also a form of a raise. Unless blocked by the Legislature, Illinois grants COLA adjustments automatically, a result of an independent compensation board’s decision decades ago. When counting votes against pay raises, Bost and the Illinois media generally include Bost’s multiple votes to skip the COLA hikes

But there was an instance in 2010, confirmed by PolitiFact in Illinois legislative records, when Bost voted yes on a floor amendment to suspend a COLA hike and require legislators to take 12 furlough days — yet when the measure got attached to a much broader budget bill, Bost voted no on that bill. He said he could not support the bill other reasons.

Technically speaking, that meant he voted against the final legislators’ COLA freeze and furlough.

The same pay provisions came up the next year, however, in a clean bill pertaining only to lawmaker compensation — and Bost voted for the cuts.

Our ruling

Kelly’s ad says Bost “voted to raise his own pay.” There is one 2007 vote that is not in question. Bost’s campaign spokesman said Bost voted for the bill despite that distasteful element because so many other provisions were essential for the state.

But Bost voted repeatedly against other pay hikes — not only the COLAs but a 9.6 percent proposed pay hike in a 2006 bill as well. If counting, those votes outnumbered the 2007 vote. Looking at his overall record gives a very different impression. We rate the claim Mostly False.