State Rep. Candidate Kifowit Claims Opponent Using Dirty Tactics
Pat Fee and House of Republicans deny any filming of Kifowit's children.
Kifowit, a city of Aurora alderman, claimed in a news release last week that staffers paid by the Illinois House Republican Organization recently filmed Kifowit at her home and also pointed cameras at the bedroom windows of her young children. Kifowit said one man approached her daughter and questioned her to the point that made the child uncomfortable.
“Not only did Pat Fee start her campaign by immediately going negative, but now she is allowing her campaign staffers to harass me and my family in person as well as on the internet,” said Kifowit.
The release also said the men then harassed Kifowit while she was sitting on her front porch with her husband and children, even driving on the wrong side of the road at one point to yell at Kifowit and her family. Fee staffers have also resorted to harassing Kifowit while she is performing her aldermanic duties, Kifowit said.
“The voters expect Pat Fee to hold herself to a standard of integrity and honesty, and so far she has failed,” Kifowit said. “It really is a shame. I thought she was a better person than this.”
Pat Fee said in response to the release that the “Whole thing is absurd. I’m trying to spread the message of trying to turn our state around and getting into this kind of nonsense is ridiculous.”
Political Director for Illinois House Republican Organization, Kevin Artl, said that none of his staff taped Kifowit or her children.
He explained that the House Republican Organization had learned Kifowit would be filming a commercial at her home and sent a staff member. The staff member stayed across the street and asked if he could ask Kifowit a few questions.
Kifowit then crossed the street to talk and she was asked a question about the state's 67 percent income tax increase.
“She became flustered and was unable to answer,” said Artl. “[Kifowit] has given very vague answers to her stance on the tax previously. ... Obviously when you take a swing and miss on a question on that you deflect."
Fee further called the accusations insulting.
“I am a grandmother and a mother,” she said. “Insinuating something like that is insulting to my integrity as a person.”
The new 84th Representative District includes portions of Aurora, Naperville, Montgomery, Oswego and Boulder Hill.