Former Illinois State Rep. Robin Kelly Gets Democratic Nod To Run For Jesse Jackson, Jr.’s Seat
Robin Kelly is supported by New York’s mayor Mike Bloomberg. The nod means she is likely to be Jesse Jackson, Jr.’s replacement in Congress.
From a crowded field of Democratic contenders, Kelly emerged early as a leader on gun-control issues — a central theme during the race — which helped her win support from Bloomberg’s super PAC, Independence USA. It poured more than $2 million into the race by airing anti-gun ads in her favor and against another Democratic front runner, former U.S. Rep. Debbie Halvorson, who unlike Kelly is against banning assault weapons.
“We worked really, really hard,” Kelly, a former state representative from Matteson, a south Chicago suburb, told The Associated Press. “We were on the right side of the issue and our message resonated.”