Democrats Call on Marla Wilson to Pull Campaign Ads

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ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Rockford Alderman Nancy Johnson, Alderman Lenny Jacobson, Machesney Park Mayor Tom Strickland, Brad Long, President of Northwestern Illinois Building Trades, New Milford Mayor Bonnie Beard, Jim Hughes, a retired county board member, and Paul Williams of Rockton all signed their names to a letter, saying Marla Wilson's negative ads against her republican opponent Senator Dave Syverson, are inappropriate.

In Marla Wilson's latest campaign ad against Syverson, it shows him dancing at a fundraiser for the Burpee Museum. It's executive director Alan Brown says tying the charitable event to a negative campaign ad could hurt non-profit events in the future. He says he wants her to pull the ad as well.

Marla saw the request for the first time when 23 News handed it to her at her press conference today. She says there's nothing wrong with her ad, but others disagree.

It's just him dancing, I don't see that there's a moral problem with it at all. It's not about non profits. It's about the truth," explains Wilson.

"The negative campaigning and the things that come out are just totally uncalled for," says democrat Tom DalSanto with Rockford Labor Unions.

In the letter sent by the group of democrats, they say Wilson lied in her ads, like when she said Syverson voted for pay raises. Wilson however, still claims that is true.

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