Personal PAC spent thousands of dollars on two mailers in the in Illinois House District 63 Democratic Primary that may derail a women's rights activist’s run for State Representative.
I take no pleasure in calling out an organization that fights for women's rights. Yet, Personal PAC spent thousands of dollars sending out not one, but two misleading mailers clearly intended to scare voters into believing that a vote for anyone but my opponent in the Democratic Primary is a vote against women's rights.
FACT: Every dollar spent on misleading mailers in the March 17th Primary is a dollar that will not be there actually protecting women’s reproductive rights and healthcare against incumbent Republican Steve Reick in the November 3rd General Election, where it actually counts.
My Rebuttal: The True Facts
Everyone that knows me personally, knows what I have stood for my entire life
Anyone that visits my candidate page www.pete4illinois.com, that Googles me or my hashtag #pete4illinois, or looks up Peter Janko and #pete4illinois on Facebook can clearly see what I have been fighting for.
I am a lifelong activist/organizer and lifelong progressive Democrat. I began working toward a better planet in my teens by getting involved in the Civil Rights Movement, the Women's Equality Movement, the Vietnam War protests, and the Ecology Movement (predecessor to today's environmentalism).
Peter Janko has been fighting for womens' causes for over 50 years.
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I believe that Medicare for All is the only way to assure that ALL women, and not just those that can afford it, receive the healthcare that women, children, and men need.
Peter believes that no one should die or go bankrupt because they cannot afford proper healthcare.
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I believe that women want and need good, well paying jobs and that they deserve to be compensated equally as a man performing the same job.
Peter Janko has been fighting for women's equality for over five decades. Peter believes that labor unions have been on the forefront of pay equity for women. Fighting for worker's rights is fighting for women.
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I believe that the women with the greatest healthcare challenges tend to be minorities and immigrants.
I am a war refugee who was brought to the United States at the age of 4 on a converted troop ship. I have experienced first-hand anti-immigrant discrimination and harassment as a young child growing up in Chicago. Even so, I cannot begin to imagine what today's immigrants and refugees go through, as when I arrived, they did not put kids in cages. Never forgetting that we are all immigrants, Peter fights for immigrant rights.
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So my question to Personal PAC President and CEO Terry Cosgrove is,
"Do I, Peter Janko, look like someone that is a threat to women's reproductive rights?"
Make no mistake, I firmly believe that Personal PAC is free to endorse any candidate it wishes.
On the other hand, I do not believe that Personal PAC has the right to mislead voters in the 63rd House District.
The Real Facts
- The Illinois 63rd House District Democratic primary election WILL NOT “determine if abortion remains safe and legal in Illinois…”
- The Illinois 63rd House District Democratic primary election WILL NOT “determine if reproductive health care is protected in Illinois…”
- The Illinois 63rd House District Democratic primary election WILL NOT “determine if Planned Parenthood can continue to provide Illinois women with the health care they need and deserve…”
- Republican Steve Reick is the current State Representative. He is unopposed in the March 17th Primary. It is the November 3rd General Election that is critical to womens’ reproductive rights.
- If the two candidates in the Democratic Primary are Peter Janko, a women’s right activist for 5 decades, and Personal PAC’s favored candidate, it would appear that women’s rights are not in jeopardy in the March 17th primary as Personal PAC tries to mislead voters into believing.
FACT: Every dollar spent on misleading mailers in the March 17th Primary is a dollar that will not be there actually protecting women’s reproductive rights and healthcare against incumbent Republican Steve Reick in the November 3rd General Election where it actually counts.
If you are wondering why Personal PAC spent thousands of dollars putting out two deceptive mailers, you may contact...
Terry Cosgrove, President and CEO
Phone: (312) 422-0005
134 N La Salle St. Suite 2040
Chicago, IL 60602
For questions on this rebuttal, media should contact:
Peter Janko, Candidate for State Representative 63rd House District
Phone: (779) 548-2962