Latest stunt in governor's race: fake press releases

Latest stunt in governor's race: fake press releases

Expert says it's a risky move.

A local political expert said campaign stunts like those seen Friday in the governor's race may turn off some voters.

University of Illinois political science Professor Brian Gaines made the comments in reaction to false press releases sent out by Pat Quinn's campaign and the Illinois Republican Party.  The Quinn release said Bruce Rauner would face the media to answer clout questions, while the GOP release said Senator Dick Durbin would call on Quinn to testify on the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative.  However, neither claim was true.

Gaines said the tactic of deflecting criticism onto an opponent isn't new, but he said the fake press releases take the strategy to a new level.

Gaines said in this day and age, spreading lies about your political opponent is more risky because technology allows users often to find the source of the information.

Sections (2):News, Local

Comments embraces discussion of both community and world issues. We welcome you to contribute your ideas, opinions and comments, but we ask that you avoid personal attacks, vulgarity and hate speech. We reserve the right to remove any comment at our discretion, and we will block repeat offenders' accounts. To post comments, you must first be a registered user, and your username will appear with any comment you post. Happy posting.

Login or register to post comments

urbana_resident wrote on June 27, 2014 at 11:06 pm

Their fake press releases indicate  they are liars.

lcoil79 wrote on June 28, 2014 at 7:06 pm

Their being elected officials/politicians in Illinois is what indicates they are liars.