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Biggert dropped out of AARP debate after group ‘impugned her record.’

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Updated: November 12, 2012 12:10PM

So it was the ads.

The campaign for U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert said the congresswoman was dropping out of a Tuesday AARP debate after the group was quoted and its logo used in a series of attack ads against her.

The Judy Biggert for Congress campaign today released the following statement from manager Mike Lukach regarding the debate hosted by the AARP:

“We regret that we were compelled to withdraw from next week’s AARP debate as the organization has proven itself unable to act as a neutral arbiter. AARP was cited, and its logo used, by no less than three liberal organizations in mail and on television to attack Judy Biggert and impugn her record on issues vital to seniors. When contacted on this matter, AARP officials made it clear that they were unwilling to stop this use of their logo and imprimatur. As a result, we severely doubted the ability of the organization to act as a impartial and objective host in this forum.

“Congressman [Bill] Foster’s feigned indignation about the campaign’s decision not to participate is also deeply hypocritical. Just last week, Congressman Foster refused to participate in a candidate forum hosted by one of the 11th Congressional District’s largest retirement communities, where he might have faced tough questions on his vote to cut $816 billion from Medicare, or his support for cutting Social Security benefits. Instead, Congressman Foster chose to hobnob with donors in New Jersey, demonstrating once again his misplaced priorities.”

The AARP was quoted and its logo used in attack ads and mail paid for by the following organizations:

■ Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (television).

■ House Majority PAC (television).

■ Illinois Democratic Party (direct mail).

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