* Greg Hinz reports that Chicago Urban League President and CEO Andrea Zopp is seriously considering a US Senate bid…
In an interview, Zopp, 57, says she’s “seriously considering the race” and believes she’d be “a strong candidate.”
“I think the interest of the community I represent needs to be represented in this race,” says Zopp, who is African-American. “I have a history in the private sector that’s unique in this field,” she adds, referring to her background as the top aide to Cook County State’s Attorney Jack O’Malley when he ran the prosecutor’s office, and later as an exec at Exelon, Sears and Sara Lee. “I think my perspective is different and broader than Ms. Duckworth’s.”
Zopp confirms that she’s begun talking with possible pollsters, managers and other campaign types. She certainly has a big backer in Bill Daley, the former U.S. commerce secretary.
Team Duckworth seems concerned enough that bits of potential dirt on Zopp have begun to circulate. Such as her votes as a member of the Chicago Board of Education to close 50 schools and to approve that controversial $20.5 million no-bid contract to Supes Academy that’s now under federal probe.
* She worked for Exelon? The company that wants a state bailout?
She voted for the no-bid Supes Academy contract? The same contract which was suspended today and has FBI agents scurrying all over the place?
She voted to shut down 50 schools? I’m sure the CTU will love that one.
And she’s backed by a Daley?
* Friends, we have what is known in the trade as a “Superfecta.” She’d probably better wait a while before she announces because doing so in the midst of all the current negative publicity about Exelon, Supes and the lingering Daley fiscal hangover could be quite a spectacle.
…Adding… More from Greg…
Duckworth has introduced legislation to end the congressional franking privilege, saying that doing so will “hold Congress to the same standards as our constituents.” The franking privilege allows members of Congress to send mail to constituents postage-free.
From Sen. Mark Kirk’s campaign…
In 2014, Rep. Duckworth Introduced A Bill To Eliminate Congressional Mail Franking. “Today, U.S. Representative Rob Woodall (R-GA-07) and U.S. Representative Tammy Duckworth (D-IL-08) introduced H.R. 4872, the “Ending Special Mail Privileges for Congress Act of 2014.” This bipartisan legislation repeals an antiquated federal law, known as the Franking privilege, that allows Members of Congress to use their signature in the corner of an envelope as postage and exempts Congress from the United States Postal Service’s (USPS) prepayment requirement. Though originally adopted by the Continental Congress in 1775, the Franking privilege still allows Congressional offices to send millions of dollars’ worth of mail through the USPS each year without first paying for the postage.” (Rep. Tammy Duckworth, “Reps. Woodall And Duckworth Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Eliminate Congressional Perk,” Press Release, 6/19/2014)
Duckworth Said Members Of Congress Needed To Lead By Example By Removing The Franking Privilege. “As members of Congress, we lead by example,” Duckworth said in a statement. “With so many working families out there trying to make ends meet, it’s important that we meet the same obligations that our neighbors meet. Removing the franking privilege for Congress is a small step we can take to show the American people we are here to work for them.” (Rep. Tammy Duckworth, “Reps. Woodall And Duckworth Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Eliminate Congressional Perk,” Press Release, 6/19/2014)
But Duckworth Has Spent $37,924.71 Of Taxpayer Dollars On Mail Franking After Her Bill Was Introduced In 2014. (Statement Of Disbursements Of The House, Accessed 4/21/2015)
In 2015, Duckworth Reintroduced The Bill To Eliminate Franking Mail. “The bill, introduced by Reps. Rob Woodall (R-Ga.) and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), would repeal the privilege, which allows lawmakers to use their signatures on envelopes in lieu of postage.” (Cristina Marcos, “Bill would eliminate lawmakers’ ‘freemail,’” The Hill, 4/20/2015)
Since Duckworth Became A Member Of Congress At The Beginning Of 2013, Her Office Has Spent $55,087.22 Of Taxpayer Dollars On Mail Franking.(Statement Of Disbursements Of The House, Accessed 4/21/2015)
* In other campaign news…
State lawmakers are trying to help county clerks cope with a new voter registration law for the upcoming special election for former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock’s seat in Congress. […]
Clerks in the 19-county district earlier said they would have trouble complying with a new law requiring same-day voter registration that goes into effect June 1. When the law was signed, clerks believed the first election they’d have to be ready for wouldn’t occur until March 2016.
But then Schock, under siege for lavish spending on office decor and travel, resigned, triggering a special election.
Not only did that set up a scramble among candidates seeking to replace him, but it also sent clerks scrambling to find money to upgrade computers and train judges on how to handle registering voters at polling places.
Some area legislators are drafting legislation to postpone the requirements, but that needs to be done very soon.
…Adding More… I think we’re going to see lots more candidates coming out of the woodwork…
Sneed has learned Kimberly Foxx, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s chief of staff, plans to form an exploratory committee to run against Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez . . . her former boss.
“Kim is definitely in,” said a top Sneed source who is this/close to Foxx, an attorney favoring the criminal justice agenda of Preckwinkle — who has been critical of how Alvarez runs her office. […]
“Kim has had conversations with several elected officials and community leaders about making a bid for state’s attorney and they’ve encouraged her to run,” said the Foxx source.
Foxx will likely step down from her job in the fall so she can run for state’s attorney full time, the source said. Look for a formal announcement post Labor Day.