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    And then there were 2 (well, 15) running in Dem primary for #IL02

    And then there were 2 (well, 15) running in Dem primary for #IL02

    News this morning that one of the three leading contenders for the Democratic nomination in the special election to replace Jesse Jackson, Jr., Toi Hutchinson, has dropped out of the race and endorsed Machine-pick Robin Kelly.

    This may or may not be related to news recently surfacing that Toi paid her mother a large sum to be her “political consultant,” a setup remarkably reminiscent of the one Jesse Jackson, Jr., had with his wife. As you know, JJJ and his wife’s plea deals with the federal government were released Friday just as President Obama took the lectern at a local Chicago high school.

    Toi Hutchinson was one of the presumed top three candidates in the Democratic race who, along with Robin Kelly, has been AWOL from the campaign trail even as they both raked in donations. Mayor Bloomberg’s Super PAC, which has spent nearly $2m attacking Democrat Debbie Halvorson during the race, had recently turned its sites onto Hutchinson.

    And now, a few days later, Hutchinson has dropped out. After supporting Halvorson in the past, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky has now endorsed Kelly. Anti-gun maven of Chicago Toni Preckwinkle announced her support for Kelly today as well, after initially backing Hutchinson.

    Nine days until the primary election on February 26.

    Nine days to see if the Democratic Machine will overcome the general competence, respectability, and moderate nature of candidate Debbie Halvorson to insert the Axelrod/Daily Kos/Chicago Tribune/Mayor Bloomberg pick Robin Kelly.

    And nine days to see if the Republican establishment can stop sitting on their thumbs and join the grassroots to support Paul McKinley, the only man who has a chance to defeat the Democratic nominee.


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    stevewhitemd | February 18, 2013 at 8:22 am

    It doesn’t do Toi Hutchinson’s political career any good at all to finish third in the primary. Third place does her even less good if the Machine’s preferred candidate finishes second.

    Ms. Hutchinson presently has a pretty good day job as a state senator. If the time isn’t right this time to move up to Congress, it will be at some other point. Or another opportunity will arise. Dropping out of the IL-02 primary now simply means she can keep the Machine sweet on her for that future.

    A McKinley v Hutchinson general election would have been interesting. A McKinley v Halvorson election would have been more interesting pitting a white Democrat against a black Republican. That’s a contest I would have liked to have seen. But we’ll get Kelly v McKinley and Kelly will swamp him. The Machine will congratulate itself and move on, and Ms. Kelly will jump every time Rahm calls her.

    In a town with folks like this ..

    Appearing on a Chicago Sunday morning talk show, [Chicago Police] superintendent Garry McCarthy expressed his conviction that firearm owners who lobby their elected representatives or who donate money to political campaigns are engaged in corruption that endangers public safety. McCarthy went on to express his belief that judges and legislators should rely on public opinion polls when interpreting our Constitution.

    After dismissing the citizen’s right to redress grievances, McCarthy focused on the 2nd Amendment. Despite recent court decisions to the contrary, McCarthy opined that the 2nd Amendment limits citizens to owning smooth-bore muskets. McCarthy went on to say that he believes the 2nd Amendment supports mandatory liability insurance for firearm owners and the mandatory application of GPS tracking devices to civilian owned firearms.

    So this is Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s man. Ouch.

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