Friday, December 7, 2012

2nd Congressional District round-up

Donne Trotter isn't deterred by his recent arrest this week as far as his bid to replace Jesse Jackson Jr.

If you're wondering a Republican has declared for this race. Lenny McCallister has thrown his hat into this ring. Time will only tell if he has a chance to win this race. McCallister who's billed as a "working man's conservative" is a media political commentator and had recently moved from the Chicago area.

Also last Friday at the Capitol Fax, we took a look at weighted votes among Chicago and Cook County Democratic committeemen to determine who to slate for the special primary election. This was before Trotter's arrest so who knows where the votes will go for slating.

Also this past Sunday, the prospective candidates for this seat had a debate on FOX Chicago Sunday. Sen. Trotter appeared on the program along with Sen. Toi Hutchison and Ald. Anthony Beale. Beale mentioned the Red Line extension on the program:
Beale, the 9th Ward alderman, boasted that he brought a Wal-Mart to the Far South Side, and predicted he could bring the Red Line there by 2016 or 2017. Beale’s ward includes the Altgeld Gardens housing project, which is a 90-minute bus and train ride from downtown, on a good day. The extension will require hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding.
“Old Man Daley was talking about the Red Line 30-40 years ago,” Beale said. “It’s going to happen. We’re in Step 4 of 7 -- 7 is funding.”
Other declared candidates such as former US Rep. Debbie Halvorson and former state treasurer candidate & Cook County Chief Administrative Officer Robin Kelly declined invitations to appear on the program.

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