ILLINOIS (WCIA) — Republican nominee for Attorney General, Erika Harold, has a strong message for her Democratic opponent.
The race to be the state’s top lawyer is heating up. Harold received a standing ovation following a passionate speech at Thursday’s State Fair.
She took aim at her opponent’s record and accused State Senator Kwame Raoul of dodging debates. Raoul’s campaign said it’s simply not true. They add, “on the contrary, it is Erika Harold who is afraid.”
Right now, the two have three confirmed debates, but several more have not been set. Harold’s campaign says Raoul’s been dragging his feet for a month. Thursday, Harold called him out.
Her biggest supporter, Governor Bruce Rauner, backed her. He just donated $1 million to her campaign. Harold believes her opponent is avoiding debate because of what she calls a “15-year partnership with Speaker Michael Madigan.”
Minutes before Harold took the stage, Raoul did his own campaigning, launching is first statewide TV ad. In it, he takes aims at Harold’s alleged views on gay adoption and pro-life stance. He calls her an “extremist” who will put kids at risk.
Just two days ago, Harold launched her own TV ad attacking Raoul. Thursday, Harold declared herself the candidate for all Illinoisans and, by the sound of it, her base is fully behind her.
What’s also clear is Rauner thinks Harold has what it takes to win. He brought her back on stage and praised her calling Harold “one of the hardest working women he knows.”
As far as the debates go, Raoul and Harold have confirmed a joint forum with the Chicago Tribune and the Sun Times and a separate forum with the farm bureau. The first one is Monday.
Harold’s campaign confirms these three debates:
- Chicago Tribune editorial board (joint appearance)
- Chicago Sun-Times editorial board (joint appearance)
- Farm Bureau forum in Bloomington (not joint appearance) – August 20
Harold’s campaign says she’s agreed to these debates, but Raoul has not:
- League of Women’s voters (2 separate debates hosted by LWV)
- IL Campaign for Political Reform
- IL Partners for Human Services
- IL Interfaith Coalition Against Racism
- DuPage Bar Association