EAST MOLINE -- More than 100 people were encouraged Saturday to increase their efforts to get 17th Congressional District Rep. Bobby Schilling, R-Colona, elected to a second term.
The message was offered by Barry Jackson, a senior adviser to U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. Mr. Jackson joined Rep. Schilling and other speakers at a rally at the East Moline campaign headquarters.
Rep. Schilling is facing East Moline Democrat Cheri Bustos in the Nov. 6 election.
Mr. Jackson said when he told Speaker Boehner about the rally, the speaker offered a message: "Tell them to double down this time."
"This is a presidential year, and we know Bobby needs to be re-elected and can be re-elected, but only if all of you here today double down and work twice as hard as you did in 2010," Mr. Jackson said.
"Bobby won in 2010 because he had the best organization and the best ground game," he added.
Mr. Jackson said his first campaign job was in the 17th District. "This district is something I've always kept an eye on, because I think I know the people here and I know what has been going on here. I know how proud we were as Republicans, and I know how proud Speaker Boehner was, when you all worked so hard and you sent Bobby Schilling to represent this district," Mr. Jackson said.
He said Speaker Boehner worked to demonstrate to the country what Republican leadership looks like. "He knew we needed to demonstrate to the country that Republicans understood how (President) Barak Obama had taken our country off course, and we understand as Republicans where we have sometimes fallen down on the job," Mr. Jackson said.
His added his job is to make sure Republicans like Rep. Schilling have the resources they need to win re-election.
Rep. Schilling told his supporters the race will be "one of the tightest elections in the history of the 17th District.
"This fight has just begun. We have 31 days to go, and I need you to pour each and every ounce of energy you have in you. I need you to reach over and talk to your friends, get them engaged in this process," Rep. Schilling said.
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