Republican nominee for Governor Darren Bailey stepped up his attack on Democratic administration JB Pritzker with a new video Thursday in which the wealthy downstate farmer claims the billionaire’s first-term governor has “soft hands” and “never has a day.” worked” in his life.
“JB Pritzker, you were born with a silver spoon in your mouth. You inherited billions of dollars from your family. You’ve hidden millions on islands that most people have never heard of, let alone visited. You’ve never woken up in the middle of the night with a cold sweat worrying about keeping a job or managing payroll,” Bailey said in the two-and-a-half minute video released on social media.
“You sit with your soft hands and laugh with your snooty friends at the farmer in the downstate who thinks he can make a difference,” Bailey says. “Well, you got one thing wrong. I don’t think I can make a difference. I know I can make a difference because I know what it takes to work hard and build something, and you have no idea.”
Bailey’s video is in response to a new TV ad by Pritzker, an entrepreneur and heir to Hyatt Hotels, which alleges that the Republican campaign is being subsidized by taxpayers through government subsidies received by his agricultural and related businesses. family.
Darren Bailey has taken over $2 million in public money. The same Darren Bailey pretending to be against government aid. And Bailey was caught taking a fortune in PPP money just weeks before giving $150,000 to his campaign. So he’s running for governor, thanks to you,” says the ad’s announcer.
Much of the ad is based on a January 14 TSWT story that reports that while Bailey, a state senator from Xenia, has rejected “free stuff” and “handouts” from the government, largely in related to pandemic aid, he has received thousands of dollars from federal programs.
The article details how Bailey’s family businesses received $569,045 in federal payroll protection loans from April 2020 to February 2021, including a $231,475 loan a month before he gave his campaign $150,000.
As was the case with most payroll protection program loans, Bailey’s loans were forgiven.
The article also described an additional $282,424 that Bailey Family Farms received in 2020 under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program to compensate farmers for COVID-19-related losses.
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Bailey’s farm has also received $2.1 million in federal farm grants since 1995, according to a database compiled by the Environmental Working Group, an organization supported by progressive money.
Bailey’s campaign said at the time that his family’s businesses followed the law in obtaining government loans and grants and had no connection with the PPP loan and his subsequent personal loan to his campaign.
Bailey has fought class struggles before, often calling Pritzker an “out-of-touch billionaire.” In his new video, Bailey also calls Pritzker a “trust fund boy” and talks about the toil of farming while accusing the governor and his “Gold Coast friends” of mocking “common working people.”
Pritzker campaign spokesperson Natalie Edelstein said Bailey was “a hypocrite”.
“He has repeatedly tried to cut the social safety net and throw Illinois residents off benefits, while quietly raking in millions of dollars in government money. He cannot be trusted to take care of working families,” Edelstein said in a statement.