Ryan’s proposed cuts to Medicare & Social Security will hurt families in Southern Illinois

BELLEVILLE, IL – On Monday, Oct. 15, retiring House speaker Paul Ryan announced a flurry of campaign stops to boost embattled GOP representatives in the last weeks of a key midterm election. Two Illinois Congressmen made the cut: Rep. Rodney Davis in IL-13 and Rep. Mike Bost in IL-12. Davis and Bost are both caught up in tight races, with strong Democratic challengers right on their heels.

On Friday, Oct. 19, the Belleville News-Democrat revealed that Ryan will be campaigning with Davis on Tuesday, Oct. 23. Bost’s campaign has not yet released any details regarding a campaign event with The Speaker.

Bost’s silence leaves us all wondering: why has no public event been announced for Ryan & Bost? Is Mike Bost trying to hide the Speaker of the House somewhere in Southern Illinois?

There’s an obvious answer to Bost’s silence, and it’s a sad one for folks in Southern Illinois: Bost knows that Ryan’s agenda is bad for Southern Illinois. But he supports it anyway — including Ryan’s proposed cuts to Medicare and Social Security.

Bost, whose whose third quarter fundraising numbers dragged far behind Kelly’s, could use the big name draw and the fundraising help. He votes 96% of the time with Ryan’s agenda, and has supported Ryan’s big projects: an attempt to take away healthcare from 38,000 people in Southern Illinois, a corrupt tax deal, and proposed cuts to Medicare and Social Security.

This kind of behavior is no different from any that Bost has displayed before. At home, he pretends to be a man of the people. But in Washington he falls quietly in line, following Ryan’s orders while his campaign account grows heavy with gifts from big donors. And meanwhile, here at home, Southern Illinois falls farther and farther behind.

Brendan Kelly is running for Congress in Illinois’s 12th Congressional District. The son of lifelong public servants, Brendan grew up in Southern Illinois. After serving in the Navy, he came home to raise his family. As the elected prosecutor of the largest county in the district, Brendan has fought corruption in both parties, prioritized prosecution of children’s sex assault, and successfully sued several of the nation’s biggest banks. He was the first prosecutor in Illinois to file suit against big pharmaceutical companies for their role in the opioid crisis. Brendan is endorsed by President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Representative Cheri Bustos, AFL-CIO, United Steelworkers, and AFSCME, among others.

To learn more, please visit www.brendan4southernillinois.com.

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