Friedman, Morrison Open Offices, Trade Barbs

Candidates for state Senate talk about choice and experience.

The two candidates hoping to succeed , opened their campaign offices a mile apart Saturday and wasted no time differentiating themselves from each other.

, the Democratic contender, criticized the lack of government experience of , the Republican choice. She claimed he has never been responsible to citizens and taxpayers.

“I am the only candidate in the race who has held elective office,” Morrison said to more than 50 people at the formal office opening. “I know what it’s like to be accountable to taxpayers and my opponent does not. I know how to balance a budget.” She has held her post 14 years.

Friedman admits he has not held elective office but speaks about his time as a public servant in the U.S. Navy. He also thinks his business experience running a medical practice has taught him budgeting.

"While it's true that I haven't held elected office, I'm a retired naval aviator who deployed to the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm,” Friedman said. “I'm a small business owner who's had no choice but to actually balance his budget each and every year.”

. “I am the only 100 percent prochoice candidate,” she said.

“My understanding is he believes in parental consent,” she told Patch after her speech.

When asked before his office-opening event, Friedman indicated he supports a women’s right to choose. “I am completely prochoice,” he said.

“This is a medical issue and there is no place for the legislature to be in there,” he added referring to the parental consent question.

One of the few things Morrison and Friedman agree on is the proximity of their campaign offices to the residents of the 29th State Senate District. Friedman’s headquarters is in Highland Park’s Crossroads Shopping Center near Lake Cook and Skokie Valley roads.

"I am proud that we are located in a centralized area of the district and will be able to help support the small businesses that occupy the Crossroads Shopping Center," Friedman said to the 80 people who attended the opening event.

, at Lake Cook and Waukegan roads, Morrison had similar thoughts. “The district is half in Lake County and half in Cook County, and we want to be equally accessible to both constituencies,” she said.

Joanie June 21, 2012 at 12:57 AM
Hi Heather, it's funny how all you first time commenters are popping up. Looks like Illinois isn't blue anymore - it's AstroTurf green!
Ellie June 21, 2012 at 05:12 PM
The Democrats have been in COMPLETE charge of our state senate, assembly and governor's office for almost ten years. If you like Illinois to CONTINUE to be the laughing stock of the nation, vote Democrat. Illinois "leads" all the other states in fiscal collapse (unpaid bills, unfunded pensions and healthcare commitments), and corruption (number of federal prosecutions against gov.officials). Julie Morrison's first vote will be to put Democrat Senator Cullerton back in charge of the Illinois Senate! Then she will vote to rubber stamp Gov. Quinn's failed agenda. Why is Illinois' unemployment rate still above the national average?
Dan Pritzker June 22, 2012 at 12:17 AM
James Thompson,Jim Edgar,George Ryan all Republicans didn't fund the retirement plans. That's why we are in the hole. Think of all the interest that would of generated. You can disagree but it is a fact. Blago at least paid a percentage before getting arrested. So learn the facts. Thank God Illinois is so Blue. I am enjoying the gerrymandered districts.
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"Dan", do you work the night shift over at AstroTurf central downtown? I hope Axelrod is paying you overtime.
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