2J-Jr On The Ropes ??…..

RedGrandma, can you provide any feedback on Debbie Halvorson?  Does she actually stand a chance of beating 2J-Jr.? 

(NBC Chicago) — Jesse Jackson Jr. faces no small challenges in his re-election run in the Congressional 2nd District.  According to a Jackson surrogate, speaking at a news conference Monday, Satan is behind the opposition.

Between 40 and 60 ministers on Monday joined Jackson to endorse his re-election campaign. They’re prepared for a fight, and Pastor Willie James Campbell even denounced the “satanic forces” that want to defeat their man.

Satanic forces could be aligned against the congressman in some ethereal space, but here on earth Jackson Jr. has real problems.  On one hand, opponent Debbie Halvorson has given Jackson some of the toughest competition he’s seen so far.

On the other, an anti-incumbent, Texas-based Super Pac apparently also wants to take out the congressman.

“He thinks the Super PAC is trying to buy a House seat,” Halvorson said last week. “I think the question is did he try to buy a Senate seat?”

So, how does Jackson plan to battle the forces of evil, and  more earthly opposition to his campaign?

Jackson is tying himself closely with President Barack  Obama.

At a time when Democrats are running from Obama support,  Jackson is fully embracing it. Last week, a billboard popped up in Chicago  featuring Jackson with Obama and a message reading, “Jackson for Congress:  Together, fighting for you.”   (read more)

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6 Responses to 2J-Jr On The Ropes ??…..

  1. JJJunya’s last line of de-fense:

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  2. redgrandma says:

    Halvorson has acquired some pretty good credentials in state politics (local office in Crete, Illinois state representative, and the only woman president of the Illinois Senate). She lost her congressional district (the 11th) to Republican Adam Kinzinger in 2010 but that district extended way beyond Chicago, into Will County and other more suburban towns. Her home town and other areas are largely African American communities. The redrawing of JJJrs. district now takes in some of her old territory and Kinsinger is going to be running further afield in the newly drawn 16th. Don’t you love Illinois politics. You can’t figure out where the players are because they keep moving the lines. If JJJr has the Chicago Machine and Quinn’s Illinois “Combine” (as John Kass calls it — a conglomeration of machine Dems and spineless Republicans) behind him, he will be difficult to beat — no matter how dastardly his actions. She’s putting up a good fight and at the heart of it is control of the proposed boondoggle for a Peotone airport along with the fact that JJJr. doesn’t actually live in Illinois — he and his kids are in D.C. though I believe his wife is a local “Alder Creature” on the city council. That two city thing probably works well for him as his wife and his girlfriends won’t run into each other in town. I will keep my eyes and ears open for some more / better local stuff on this.

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