The Daily Herald fills us in.
Iraq war veteran Tammy Duckworth found herself Sunday defending against opponentsâ€™ charges she canâ€™t win in November because Republicans will paint her as an out-of-district plant controlled by the Chicago Democratic machine.
â€œThereâ€™s nothing that riles people up more in DuPage County than to be told by Chicago, â€˜This is what you should do,â€™â€ 6th Congressional District Democrat hopeful Lindy Scott of Wheaton said after raising the criticism at the start of a candidatesâ€™ forum in Villa Park. â€œI think the Republicans will probably state that over and over again.â€
Duckworth, who lives just outside the district in Hoffman Estates, was recruited for the race by top Democratic U.S. Rep. Rahm Emanuel of Chicago. Democratic candidate Christine Cegelis of Rolling Meadows said both will be issues if Democratic primary voters pick Duckworth as their nominee March 21. The winner will face a Republican challenger in November.
â€œ(Republican nominee) Peter Roskam is from this district. Heâ€™s got family in this district. Heâ€™s going to use that as an issue, absolutely (against Duckworth),â€ said Cegelis, a technology consultant.
Duckworth also disagreed with her two opponents after they both called for the announcement of a timetable to withdraw from Iraq.
â€œThis is basic military tactics, people. You do not tell your enemy when youâ€™re going to ambush a bridge because guess what, heâ€™s not going to show up there,â€ said Duckworth, who called for returning home one U.S. battalion for every Iraqi battalion thatâ€™s trained.