Several prominent Black politicians are condemning the opponent of Illinois Gov. Quinn for airing an attack ad that features the late Chicago Mayor Harold Washington.
Among those blasting the ad, run by State Comptroller Dan Hynes’ campaign, are Reps. Jesse Jackson Jr., Bobby Rush and Danny Davis, all Illinois Democrats. The television ad features Washington, Chicago’s first African-American mayor, calling Quinn "a totally and completely undisciplined individual."
Hynes has promised to continue airing the advertisement through the Feb. 2 primary.
Speaking from the headquarters of Rainbow/PUSH, Quinn called Hynes a "low-road politician with low-road ads."
"It was quite disrespectful for the Hynes campaign to use the memory of Harold Washington to bolster his own campaign efforts," the Rev. Gregory Livingston told The Chicago Sun-Times. One of several Black pastors to condemn the ad, he also complained about anonymous fliers distributed in the Black community claiming "Harold Says No" to Quinn. "I think it will backfire on him."