Davis campaign apes design of sticker seeking his ouster

Davis campaign apes design of sticker seeking his ouster

CHAMPAIGN — It appears that a bumper sticker produced by a Champaign family critical of Congressman Rodney Davis — "Unseat Rodney Davis" — has impressed the congressman and his re-election committee.

They've borrowed the design for their own bumper sticker — "I Support Rodney Davis" — now available for free on Davis' campaign website and Facebook page.

"I think it's pathetic but also kind of funny," Champaign's Ellen Leyerle said of the knock-off that is based on an anti-Davis sticker she designed earlier this year with her 16-year-old daughter, Addie. "At first, I thought maybe it was done by a zealous supporter — you know, just some guy. But then when I saw that it was on the congressman's official (campaign) site and that it's his initiative, I kinda giggled."

Davis spokeswoman Ashley Phelps acknowledged the connection.

"We had several supporters who had seen the 'Unseat' stickers reach out wanting to show their support, so the campaign designed these bumper stickers in response," she said.

"I think it's kinda sad but I don't think it's going to be particularly effective for him," Leyerle said. "The congressman roguing off of our design really has people stirred up and we have people stepping up to distribute these all over the place."

She said she and her family already have printed 2,500 of the "Unseat" stickers and would do more.

Leyerle's mother, 77-year-old Pat Marlow of Champaign, said she thought the Davis campaign effort would backfire.

"We're not going to go to court over this. And let's just hope that we have enough of ours out there so that at a glance people will look at his and think that's another. Because what they expect to see with that design is anti-Rodney Davis," Marlow said.

Phelps, of the Davis campaign, said they already had nearly 100 requests for their sticker, which was unveiled Tuesday, "so if they continue to be in high demand we'll continue to order them."

Meanwhile, the Leyerles are out about $1,000 so far in costs related to their anti-Davis stickers, Ellen Leyerle said, and have distributed them throughout the 13th Congressional District, including Champaign-Urbana, Decatur, Bloomington-Normal, Springfield and Edwardsville.

There wasn't any particular issue that prompted the anti-Davis effort, she said.

"Our family hates all things (Donald) Trump, and Rodney is one of Trump's most faithful foot soldiers," Leyerle said. "And I don't like it that Davis shows no interest in Russian interference in our elections. His support for Trump indicates that he can't think for himself."

However, Phelps noted that Davis was ranked the second-most bipartisan member of the Illinois delegation in Congress "so I think his record clearly shows that he votes for issues important to his district, no matter the political party."

Leyerle denied that she's part of an organized group or political action committee.

"I'm a lifelong Democrat but I have never participated in politics really until this presidential election, other than voting. I'd characterize myself as an ordinary taxpayer who's disgusted with politics today," she said. "Both of my daughters are adopted and they're Chinese-American and I think that's one of the things that galvanized my efforts and those of my family.

"My little one cried when she woke up and realized that Trump would be our president because she feels we have a president who doesn't want us in the country."

And she said she's not affiliated with any potential Davis opponent in the 2018 election.

"I've spoken with Carol Ammons and Doctor (David) Gill (two Democrats who could be Davis opponents next year) but we're not endorsing anyone; we wouldn't know who to endorse. We'll be happy to support whoever the Democratic nominee is but we're not affiliated with any campaign," she said.

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cjw61822@hotmail.com wrote on June 22, 2017 at 8:06 am

By all means, bring in a candidate who could not even secure the Democratic nomination last time, or get the candidate whose "progressive" agenda is so far to the left that even Dick Durbin has not bothered to speak with her about running.


You all do remember that there are folks who live outside of CU who support the congressman.........

Joe American wrote on June 22, 2017 at 8:06 am



Let them play their cute little games.  It was eight years of this hooey that got them Trump, but their pathetic little selves still don't get that.

Anonymous71 wrote on June 22, 2017 at 12:06 pm

I will take 20 or more of the unseat stickers please. Davis is a trump bootlicker. He is wrong on health care. Wrong on border security. Wrong on national security. Lets repeal and replace rodney davis!

wykhb wrote on June 25, 2017 at 10:06 am

20 stickers on just your car seems extreme.   Davis is an elected official, re-elected in fact.  He receives the highest bi-partisan voting record of his peers in Illinois, which means he is actually DOING his job, which is negotiating and trying to get something DONE instead of pouting and throwing objects at others.  

  A potential opponent- Carol Ammons, is ranked as ALWAYS voting partisan, even though she constantly and publicly berates others for "gridlock and partisanship", which seems to fit well with her convenient memory lapse about how to prove her college degree is from an actual school. 

So who do you want to replace Davis?  Answer the question.  Are you calling for candidates who are even more partisan than Davis, since you suggest he is a "bootlicker"?    Will the other candidate be paid for by Pelosi and California boots? 

787 wrote on June 22, 2017 at 9:06 am

Does Rodney have to deal with these stalkers everywhere in his district, or is it only when he's unfortunate enough to be in Champaign-Urbana?

Whenever he makes an effort to meet with voters here, it is intentionally turned into a circus event by these people.

CallSaul wrote on June 22, 2017 at 9:06 am

So in addition to refusing to meet with the voters, Rodney and his keystone campaign kleptocrats are now stealing designs from his opponents...?


I have to admit, it is better than his original slogan though: Vote for Rodney so he can steal your healthcare to fund yet more tax breaks for the already obscenely wealthy!

Or the runner up: You don't mind dying so my rich paymasterss can have a bit more money, do you? Vote Davis --- a Trump Republican you can trust (to sell you down the river...).

If you're not writing him a huge check, Rodney would rather you just fiddle off and die.

And please, don't be so gauche as to try to make your voice heard before you kindly --- and quietly!!1! --- kick it...

cp30 wrote on June 22, 2017 at 9:06 am

Ah, c'mon.  We should give Davis a break--he probably doesn't have time to make things himself because he's so busy meeting with constituents, protecting our health care... oh, wait.  Nevermind, this is actually just pathetic!

yeahokay wrote on June 22, 2017 at 10:06 am

Davis, along with every other currently seated politician in Illinois should be ousted, regardless of political affiliation. 

If you cast your vote in any upcoming elections for the incumbent, then you may as well forefit your right to complain, because you are part of the problem that defines Illinois right now. 


cjw61822@hotmail.com wrote on June 22, 2017 at 10:06 am

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.......

but remind me again how the last two.. the dems must win these special elections with the progressive candidates worked out again for you?  On Monday I was told by the MSM that the dems HAD to win GA or they were finished.


Last month I was told by the MSM that they had to win the Dakota race or they were finished.


what happened Saullie?  no one drinking the kool aid?

MarkDibley wrote on June 22, 2017 at 12:06 pm

"I think it's pathetic but also kind of funny"

No more pathetic or amusing than your stickers, but ok. In either case, there are now two bumper stickers floating around providing Rodney Davis with name recognition--and zero for a potential opponent. I'm sure he appreciates you keeping his name top of mind for so many.

"And let's just hope that we have enough of ours out there so that at a glance people will look at his and think that's another."

Or they will look at yours and think it's one of his. Combine that with the mixed messaging that your bumper sticker provides. A red checkmark and Rodney's name implies vote for Rodney; additionally, UNSEAT is not as clear--at a glance--as VOTE AGAINST. I think the subtle flaws with your design end up causing more harm to your cause than you realize.

"My little one cried when she woke up and realized that Trump would be our president because she feels we have a president who doesn't want us in the country."

Congratulations, you caused your child to feel that trauma by projecting your irrational fears on to her. You really should get yourself to the hospital. As a self-identifed life-long Democrat, the stress and trauma of this past political season has undoubtedly left you with an enlarged amygdala and a sluggish frontal cortex, leaving you vulnerable to making irrational, rash decisions because you simply do not have the same capacity for reasoned, rational thought as you once did. Best of luck

IlliniwekMerica wrote on June 22, 2017 at 1:06 pm

I really do feel bad for those kids you always see plastered at political rallies and for kids like this that have been doctrined by their parents that the world is ending because the wrong person won an election that's still coming around again in 4 years.

She said one daughter was 16, so she should be starting to study the political process (hopefully not shoved into a point of view by her mother), but much younger than that just let the kids not worry about these problems. 

Thewatcher wrote on June 22, 2017 at 3:06 pm

I didn't have too many issues with this lady until she mentioned her kid waking up and crying.  Really?  And why was she crying?  Because she came to a conclusion on her own from from weighing facts and studying politics?  Or because she had to listen to her moms obviously biased opinion based largely on emotion and false rhetoric?

I'm not supporting Trump or bashing democrats by any means, but when you hear about kids taking political sides and living in fear, the bias really shows.

Sid Saltfork wrote on June 22, 2017 at 1:06 pm

"Run and Hide" Rodney earned his nickname not from the Washington shooting, but from his health care theft.  Rodney's biggest money donations come from the Health Care, and Health Insurance industries.  All you have to do is google his donations.  Yet, his supporters deny any thing due to their rabid republican views.  They will complain about their health care premiums, but never complain about their political choices like "Run and Hide" Rodney.  Now, he will duck townhall meetings, and only use the media which can be bought to get his supporters behind him. 

Oh well.., what can you say to the ignorant?  Look up, look down, see my thumb.......

wykhb wrote on June 26, 2017 at 11:06 am

Sid, I invite you to take an honest read on something.    2008 wasn't so long ago that I don't remember health care and insurance companies jumping to support Obamacare, which should have immediately set off warning signals, and actually did to Conservatives.    


You will have to copy and paste into your browser since the direct link finds that HuffPost has experienced mysterious problems with finding these articles from a few years ago.   Luckily Google archives, unlike Hillary's computers. 

  Corporate and special interests don't typically work AGAINST themselves, the ACA has been record profits for them.  They are doing the same thing with the administration in power that they did with the last one, somehow I find it hard to blame Rodney Davis for all this because he wasn't elected until 2013.  I assure you however, that anyone taking his place would not be a savior.   

Sid Saltfork wrote on June 27, 2017 at 11:06 am

My point was that Rodney is bought, and paid for by the special interests supporting the "new" health care bill.  Even some of the selected members of the GOP committee devising the "new" health care bill stated last Friday that they did not know what would be in the bill.  Several news outlets reported this weekend that lobbiests, and special interest representatives were assisting the few GOP members aides in drafting the bill.  Yes of course, there are profits for the special interests.  One plan leads to greater profits though. 

Rodney did nothing except vote for the House plan based on his political campaign donors wants.  He will vote to support the hurried up Senate version once it arrives back to the House.  Yeah, I can blame Rodney.  I, also, doubt that an honest, and moral man would kick so many less fortunate under the bus for his own monetary gain.

The bottom line is stealing health care from the majority so a later tax cut for those earning more than $250,000.00 a year can be achieved..  Sadly, one third of the country defends theft instead of the two thirds of the country who need services.  That one third of the country does not earn over $250,000.00 per year either.  They just hate anything to do with the democrats.  This is not a political game though.  It is the few "haves" stealing from the overwhelming "have nots".

Bye the way, do you have a bumper sticker on your vehicle?


wykhb wrote on June 28, 2017 at 7:06 am

LOL..  No stickers thanks.  I am neither Pub or Dem, I am conservative and liberal to moderate degrees, whatever is the best idea for the citizens of the country so to speak, I am a centrist.
Politics is a never ending game, the ACA was far from perfect when it became law, it was simply a framework to begin fixing the decades long mess that health care costs have become.      Too many special interests involved, and frankly too many people in our society gaming the system to avoid working hard.  When I say special interests, I include the media outlets who are all owned by people who have their own agendas for profit.  Anyone can spin anything to suit their agenda, but it's also not hard to find the truth, most people don't bother to try. 

Again, Davis has not proven to be a strict partisan and that's easily seen by his voting record in office.   He didn't create the health care problem, but he is being leaned on to fix it by his constituents who insist on it.    I will give it a chance and see what comes of it, but no matter what I expect continuing change in the law as circumstances dictate.    I don't subscribe to the partisan attack tactics toward  politicians who are actually attempting to change things, simply because they are not in "my party". 

Sid Saltfork wrote on June 28, 2017 at 9:06 am

I am neither a democrat, or republican.  Both parties feuding have not moved this country forward.  Both have allowed the middle-class to slip lower.  It is a fading dream now for most who want their children to lead better lives than themselves.  The monetary inequity is leading to serfdom.  Add the increasing technology that will replace many occupations.  Cutting the safety net of services only adds to the growing frustration, and anger.  When a family with both parents working cannot afford health care for their kids along with housing, and food; it will lead to rapid social change.  Maybe, that is what is needed.

Rodney Davis was "appointed", and won his own election based on anti-Obama rhetoric.  That led to the political donations (bribes) from his major donors.  His top five corporate donors include the Health Care industry, and the Health Insurance industry.  "If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck......, it is a duck."  You will not see his townhall meetings unless they are staged.  You will see his face with little audio explaining his stance on television ads seeking re-election.  You will not see him in Fourth of July parades. 

Congress is full of Rodney Davis clones from both parties.  Ask any of them if they would get a tax cut (over $250,000 per year salary) if they paid their own health insurance costs.  This country needs to develop other political parties while closing down the inept democratic, and republican parties.  New parties with new faces of leadership addressing the immediate, and future needs of the people.  The Rodney Davis types need to have more heat put on them by angry crowds every where they go.  Heck, turn your back on him, give him the finger, shout, carry a sign, or any non-violent way to show displeasure, and disrepect.

Objective Reporter wrote on June 22, 2017 at 6:06 pm

Speaking of ignorant, has anyone ever done a study on the IQ level of people who plaster their cars with political bumper stickers/magnets?