Group attacks Schock with radio and TV ads

By WEEK Producer

January 10, 2013 Updated Jan 11, 2013 at 10:48 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Eighteenth District Congressman Aaron Schock has become the target of a group called the "Jobs and Progress Fund", which has bought thousands of dollars in radio and TV attack ads.

Those ads say Schock voted for "massive tax increases and mountains of debt". Schock's lawyer has called for the ads to be pulled from the airwaves as "blatantly false." So, who is behind the attack ads?

"Who the heck is the Jobs and Progress Fund?" Schock was asked.

"Well, we'll find out," replied Schock. "We are suspicious of who they are because they're a group that was just recently formed, and I'm the only member of Congress that they're attacking. And so, it seems a bit suspicious as to why they would be picking on one member of Congress in central Illinois who has a voting record very similar to others from Illinois."

"Have you ever seen anything like this before?" he was asked.

"Never," replied Schock.

There is a suspicion that the ad could be a peremptory strike to tarnish Schock's name among conservatives. It's not a secret that Schock is being considered as a possible candidate for Governor in 2014.

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