Senator Tom Cullerton condemned his opponent Seth Lewis’ silence on ties to unethical and extremist groups in a statement today:

“My opponent is attempting to muddy the waters to distract voters from his ties to an anti-gay hate group and a fake newspaper denounced by the Illinois Press Association and found to be violating election law by the Illinois Board of Elections,” said Tom Cullerton. “Illinois families deserve legislators who are focused on reforming government, not hate and crooked politics.”

Lewis is aligned with Illinois Family Institute, an organization defined as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. He also continues to have “articles” published about him by The DuPage Policy Journal, a political mailing disguised as a local newspaper. The DuPage Policy Journal recently misprinted Cullerton’s name as “Fullerton” and claimed that the senator was from Marion, Illinois, a town more than 300 miles away from Cullerton’s home town of Villa Park.

“We must hold candidates accountable for their words and actions on this upcoming Election Day,” said Tom. “I hope that the people of the 23rd District take a moment to do some research on Seth Lewis’ dishonesty and his affiliations with dangerous ideas and unethical people. This dirty brand of politics can only hurt our state.”

Tom Cullerton is running for state senate in the 23rd Legislative District. A U.S. Army veteran, father, and public servant, Tom is a strong advocate for middle-class families and responsible government. He has spearheaded and passed bipartisan legislation to increase fiscal responsibility, make college more affordable, invest in small businesses, and protect veterans.