Here's a roundup of election news that was on The Chicago Reporter's political radar this week:
- As if 2nd District Congressman Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. doesn't have enough to worry about with the tough primary race he's in, there's now a Super PAC that's reportedly committed to his political demise. The Texas-based Campaign for Primary Accountability--which counts Joe Ricketts, the father of Cubs owner Tom Ricketts, as one of its largest donors--hasn't disclosed how it plans to spend its money on the race, but its opposition to Jackson is no secret. "There's a popular sentiment, [Jackson] has his negatives," said Curtis Ellis, spokesperson for the Super PAC. Ethics scandals have dogged Jackson for more than a year now. What's more, the long-time congressman is running in a new district that has a much larger rural, white population than the old one. His opponent, Debbie Halvorson, who has picked up support from key figures in Chicago's black clergy, is vying to be the 2nd Congressional District's first white candidate in three decades. She denies having any involvement with the Super PAC.
- Veteran 1st District Congressman Bobby Rush should be more concerned with the general election in November than the upcoming primary, the Chicago Sun-Times editorial board opined this week. Rush is going up against five Democrats in next month's nominating race. If he wins the primary, he won't necessarily coast to an easy victory in the general election, though. Rush is running in a new district that includes less of the largely African American South Side he's familiar with, and more of Republican Will County. What's more, two of the three Republican candidates seeking the GOP nomination are moderates that might appeal to undecided voters--black or white. One GOP hopeful, Chicago police officer Frederick Collins--who is African American--told the Sun-Times that "black voters are looking for an alternative to the Democratic party" which, for years, has been unable to deliver the promise of the "American Dream." Perhaps, but Rush is still a force to be reckoned with--one who usually wipes the floor with his challengers, blue or red, by margins of 80 percent or higher.
- In other election news, 12th District Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey bailed from the 32nd Ward Committeeman's race on Tuesday, giving his opponent 32nd Ward Alderman Scott Waguespack an unopposed path to victory. Fritchey told Roscoe View Journal that he was jumping ship because he is planning to move soon and didn't want to base his living options off of the committeeman's residency requirements.
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