December 17, 2012
Dems fail to endorse candidate to succeed Jesse Jackson, Jr.
Democrats from Cook, Will, and Kankakee counties in Illinois failed to agree on an endorsement for a candidate to succeed the retired Jesse Jackson, Jr. on Sunday. The reason was the number of candidates who are running. At least 10 prominent pols from the area are seeking the seat and no one candidate was able to achieve a majority with the leadership. Reuters: Veteran political observers had said ahead of the meeting that no one had locked up the endorsement, which if delivered could have made a candidate a front-runner, but not guaranteed victor, in the crowded primary fight to replace Jackson. [...] It remains unclear how many Democrats will run in the primary to replace Jackson. Filing for the race will be open in early January. The expected candidates include former U.S. Representative Debbie Halvorson, who lost to Jackson in the Democratic primary this year, and Chicago Alderman Anthony Beale. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s wife, Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson, has said...(Read Full Post)