Capitol - Your Illinois News Radar » Zopp “better than Obama”
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Zopp “better than Obama”

Thursday, Aug 20, 2015

* US Sen. Dick Durbin reiterated his support today for US Rep. Tammy Duckworth’s Senate bid. But others are touting one of her opponents

U.S. Senate candidate Andrea Zopp is more qualified for the post now than President Barack Obama was when he ran for the Senate in 2004, one state senator said Thursday.

“If you look at President Obama’s experience at the time he was running for U.S. Senate, yes, [Zopp is] better than President Obama,” Sen. Kwame Raoul, D-Chicago, told reporters. “President Obama did not have the experience of being in the U.S. Attorney’s office, running the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. President Obama didn’t have the experience of being the senior vice president and general counsel of three major corporations. President Obama, you know, he was a community organizer but he did not run the Chicago Urban League.”

“I don’t think we’ve had a candidate like this,” said Raoul, who replaced Obama in the Illinois Senate.

* Sen. Raoul left out part of her work history, however. Zopp sat on the CPS board when it closed all those schools. And one of the other African-American Senate hopefuls brings that topic up everywhere he goes, including today…

* Zopp, who will formally announce her candidacy today, responded

Zopp said it was a “very difficult decision” but it was the right one and she doesn’t regret it.

* Meanwhile, a bit of member management…

* Duckworth spent a good part of her speech today talking about her upbringing. Her middle class family went broke after her middle-aged father was deemed “over qualified” for his job, she said. They wound up in a one-room apartment and had real trouble making the rent payments.

She also told some jokes…

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - walker - Thursday, Aug 20, 15 @ 11:19 am:

    “Zopp is better than everyone at everything!”

  2. - VanillaMan - Thursday, Aug 20, 15 @ 11:20 am:

    It’s now a meme - Kirk was avoiding Rauner with his no-show.

  3. - @MisterJayEm - Thursday, Aug 20, 15 @ 11:21 am:

    “If you look at President Obama’s experience at the time he was running for U.S. Senate, yes, [Zopp is] better than President Obama.”

    And no one could fashion a better argument that an election must be about more than the candidates’ resumes.

    – MrJM

  4. - Formerly Known As... - Thursday, Aug 20, 15 @ 11:22 am:

    Sen Raoul may have something. Hadn’t thought about it that way before.

  5. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Aug 20, 15 @ 11:22 am:

    Good on President Cullerton.

    It doesn’t always have to be about doling out punishments in Caucus governing, it can be about rewards, earned rewards, too

  6. - The Captain - Thursday, Aug 20, 15 @ 11:26 am:


    1. Doesn’t have an electoral track record, and is starting at the top of the ballot.

    2. Is already being forced to play defense (it’s only the State Fair)

    3. Her defense of the wildly unpopular school closings is “Zopp said it was a “very difficult decision” but it was the right one and she doesn’t regret it.”

    Don’t procrastinate the concession speech.

  7. - walker - Thursday, Aug 20, 15 @ 11:27 am:

    Best guess is that Durbin also likes Harris in, since Zopp’s in.

    Duckworth’s gonna be primaried anyway.

  8. - 47th Ward - Thursday, Aug 20, 15 @ 11:36 am:

    Wasn’t Zopp also on the CPS board when it voted to hand out a $20 million no-bid contract to Barbara Byrd-Bennett’s former employer? You know, the contract that the FBI is so very interested in? Did Zopp vote for that too, or just to close all of those schools?

    Yep, with votes like that, she sure does have more experience than Obama. I’m not sure it’s the kind of experience I’d like to have in a Senate nominee, but it’s definitely experience.

  9. - Judgment Day (on the road) - Thursday, Aug 20, 15 @ 12:04 pm:

    Ok, so it’s….

    Kirk with Rauner


    Duckworth with Blagojevich

    Somebody better tell Tammy that’s probably not a winning approach.

  10. - Precinct Captain - Thursday, Aug 20, 15 @ 12:08 pm:

    47, Zopp voted for that no-bid contract. Let’s also not forget twice she refused to investigate police torture, as an ASA and AUSA.

  11. - 47th Ward - Thursday, Aug 20, 15 @ 12:20 pm:

    ===Let’s also not forget twice she refused to investigate police torture, as an ASA and AUSA.===

    Very experienced indeed.

  12. - Anonymous - Thursday, Aug 20, 15 @ 12:22 pm:

    Good point, Precinct Captain.

  13. - Wordslinger - Thursday, Aug 20, 15 @ 12:29 pm:

    Kirk’s electoral vulnerability in a presidential year represents a once-in-a-lifetime shot for a Dem looking to bust into the Senate.

  14. - Carhartt Representative - Thursday, Aug 20, 15 @ 12:50 pm:

    Zopp was on with Dick Kay this past weekend and defended her stint on the CPS Board as having to make the tough decisions. I really wanted somebody to ask her about a time when she had to make the difficult decision to oppose anything that Mayor Emanuel wanted. When you’re part of a rubber stamp organization, it’s hard to claim there were any decisions to be made at all. You just vote the way you’re told.

  15. - Gone, but not forgotten - Thursday, Aug 20, 15 @ 12:50 pm:

    To “The Captain” 11:26 a.m.: Not that I’m supporting Zopp, but your #1 regarding electoral track record . . . what record did Obama have????? And then did not even finish his term before going for the absolute top of all ballots! How soon we forget so many things, not just Zopp’s resume or Tammy’s resume (whatever that includes). The upcoming 2016 races are utterly ridiculous, disappointing and not being based on what is good for the American people. Rather, based on resumes, popularity, how much money they raise, and last, but not least, Party.

  16. - Tom Joad - Thursday, Aug 20, 15 @ 1:13 pm:

    What a motley crew to be running for Senator and Comptroller.

  17. - Carhartt Representative - Thursday, Aug 20, 15 @ 1:16 pm:

    As far as I can tell, the highlights of Zopp’s resume

    1. Chose not to investigate Burge when evidence of his wrong doing was brought to here.

    2. Corporate council for Exelon

    3. Member of CPS Board who voted for non-bid contracts, toxic swaps, and closing 50 schools.

  18. - The Velour Nail - Thursday, Aug 20, 15 @ 1:26 pm:

    Duckworth is a flawed candidate who cannot beat Kirk. Glad to see others running and hope she does not make it out of the primary.

  19. - Left Leaner - Thursday, Aug 20, 15 @ 1:28 pm:

    Look at Raoul doggin’ on Obama like that. Ouch.

    Is that the color of envy he’s wearing?

    Some of the world’s most accomplished people have a resume a page long.

  20. - Precinct Captain - Thursday, Aug 20, 15 @ 2:03 pm:

    ==- Gone, but not forgotten - Thursday, Aug 20, 15 @ 12:50 pm:==

    Try reading for comprehension. The Captain clearly said electoral track. President Obama had been through the process of being a candidate before at a smaller level. Zopp has never done that period.

  21. - Chicago Cynic - Thursday, Aug 20, 15 @ 2:31 pm:

    And let’s not forget her years as General Counsel at Exelon learning how to use government to fleece ratepayers.

  22. - Chicago Cynic - Thursday, Aug 20, 15 @ 2:33 pm:

    So is the Napolean Harris thing for real? Are there really going to be three African American candidates going up against Tammy Duckworth? At first I thought Boykin was a Duckworth plant, but not Harris.

  23. - DuPage - Thursday, Aug 20, 15 @ 2:42 pm:

    “Better qualified then Obama when he ran for senate in 2004″. That is not saying much.

  24. - Anonymous - Thursday, Aug 20, 15 @ 2:46 pm:

    Well let’s just see whose campaign will flop.

  25. - Soccermom - Thursday, Aug 20, 15 @ 3:04 pm:

    She’s also more qualified than Abraham Lincoln was.

  26. - truthteller - Thursday, Aug 20, 15 @ 3:31 pm:

    Didn’t realize that Raoul had supported the candidate with the better resume- Clinton- over Obama in 2008.

  27. - Amalia - Thursday, Aug 20, 15 @ 3:58 pm:

    @Truthteller, right on! Kwame sounds bitter.

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.

* Reader comments closed for the weekend
* Rauner: "Madigan has rigged the Democratic primary for Pritzker"
* New Ives radio ad claims Democrats are trying to help Rauner, while Brady does Rauner robocall
* *** UPDATED x1 - DGA responds *** Elections board says DGA should file disclosure for Ives ad
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY: Jones; IEA/IFT; Reis; Mitchell; Edgar
* ISRA, Drury both try to claim Raoul inserted "poison pill" into gun bill
* Pro-life group launches GOTV effort for Lipinski
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Rauner opens new online track against Ives
* Erika Harold still can't remember comments, but says "I was wrong"
* Rauner calls Madigan "a unified force of bad, of evil"
* Sen. Duckworth gets involved in another state central committee race
* *** UPDATED x2 *** Has Pritzker gone to ground?
* Illinois House Bill HB 4900 Wastes Government Resources
* McCann, barred from SGOP caucus meeting, claims Rauner threatened to "destroy you and your family"
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Caption contest!
* Obama mailer kerfuffle in Lipinski district
* Rauner attended Quincy campaign event after Quincy veterans' home presser
* After spending millions in Dem primary, Rauner accuses "Washington liberals" of "hijacking" the GOP primary
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's stories

Visit our advertisers...








* Recognize these names? Meet the Macon County do.....
* Leave the gun. Take the cannoli: Let ‘The Godfa.....
* Silverstein in tough primary fight following se.....
* Ives Appears to Gain Surge of Support Days Befo.....
* Illinois lieutenant governor candidate linked t.....
* Substitute teacher shortage hitting Southern Il.....
* Illinois commemorates Pulaski Day - Annanews..
* Rauner, in Champaign, says Dems trying to help .....

* Illinois lawmaker seeks to abolish townships to lower taxes
* Police presence across Illinois upped for St. Patrick's Day
* EXCHANGE: Local married couples work together peacefully
* EXCHANGE: Woodworker carves out a niche with patience
* Man gets 65 years for killing Cook County investigator
* Father of once missing suburban Chicago children in custody
* Plans for solar panel field in Illinois hit financial issues
* Wheaton College, players sued in alleged attack of player
* UI president seeks mandatory training on sexual harassment
* 1,100 Chicago-area students get hour detentions for walkouts

* Madigan backs Dem central committee incumbent in 13th
* Trump factor looms large in Illinois governor primary campaigns
* Ray LaHood brokers deal for O'Hare expansion
* McCann says Rauner threatened to 'destroy' him in 2015 over vote
* Rauner looking into state buying vacant nursing home in Quincy
* Luciano: What if Downstate dumped Chicago and formed new state?
* AP review: Push for gun laws faces resistance in most states
* Top Democrats go on attack at final governor primary debate
* Illinois Senate passes gun bills, participates in walk out
* Students stage school walkouts to protest gun violence

* Amazon search team in Chicago next week
* Pension mess? You'd hardly know it from 2018's gubernatorial candidates.
* The Best New Event Spaces in Chicago 2018
* March madness arrives in guv, assessor races
* Chicago office landlords are paying more to land tenants. Here's why.

* Police arrest man suspected of grabbing girl at Roosevelt Red Line station
* 60 years later, Kim Novak reflects on Hitchcock’s ‘Vertigo’
* The Illinois Butterfly Monitoring Network: And the making of Doug Taron
* 3 wounded, 2 seriously, in shooting at Harvey strip club
* MAP: Chicago weekend shootings tracker for March 16 – 19
* 3 men killed, 3 others wounded in citywide shootings since Friday afternoon
* Jaguar adds another cat
* Man shot during robbery in Ashburn
* Police: Man exposed himself to girl, 15, while trying to lure her into car
* 3 cellphone robberies reported at Illinois Medical District Blue Line station

* For 'Black Panther' fans, what to know about the suburban hamlet of Wauconda
* Cubs' Javier Baez returns to Sloan Park; Kris Bryant enjoys homecoming in Las Vegas
* Elgin cops to release videos from police shooting of armed woman: 'The public has a right to know'
* Country Club Hills suspended 3 firefighters for 'inappropriate' internet use, records show
* Man shot by Merrillville police suffered from mental illness, 'needed help' in hours before death, family says
* Police investigating fraudulent charges made on Palos Hills school district credit card
* Aurora man gets seven years for shooting acquaintance in the face, fleeing police
* 'I used bad judgment': 14th Congressional District candidate facing forgery charge in Wisconsin
* Mundelein trader defrauded investors of $750,000, prosecutors say
* Facebook bans Trump campaign's data firm, Cambridge Analytica, for taking user data

» State Week: Rauner's Gun Veto; Dem's Mean Debate
» Rauner: Replace Legionnaires’-Stricken VA Home With New ‘Ultra-Modern’ Facility
» IL Check Cashing Fees Raised on Payroll Checks, Lower on State Assistance
» Money And The Legal Weed Debate In Illinois
» Illinois Legislature Bans Credit Freezing Fees Charged by Equifax, Others
» State Senators Stage Walk Out, Vote On More Gun Regulation
» Could Rent Control Come To The Second City?
» School Walkouts: Teens Say ‘We’re Fighting For Our Lives’
» West Side Teens March For Students Killed In Florida — And Chicago
» Gov. Rauner Vetoes Gun Dealer Licensing Measure

* Madigan backs Dem central committee incumbent in 13th
* Ed Rogers: As a Republican, I see a 12-alarm fire raging. Why can't Trump?
* Trump factor looms large in Illinois governor primary campaigns
* Ray LaHood brokers deal for O'Hare expansion
* McCann says Rauner threatened to 'destroy' him in 2015 over vote
* Eugene Robinson: Trump's craven surrender to the NRA
* Thumbs Up: To the history-making Southeast Spartans basketball team
* Rauner looking into state buying vacant nursing home in Quincy
* Luciano: What if Downstate dumped Chicago and formed new state?
* AP review: Push for gun laws faces resistance in most states

* What you may have missed: First Gig, opioid ID proposal, Rauner gun veto, National Walkout,
* Southern Illinois Wellness Expo: Three health conferences merge into new event at JALC
* Four of six children now at home following Columbia crash that killed mother
* Your guide to St. Patrick's Day
* MARK-TO-MARKET: Wage growth, inflation concerns recede…for now
* Substitute teacher shortage hitting Southern Illinois hard; lobbyists working with legislators to change rules
* Curves changes ahead
* FEMA to assess flood damage in Vermilion County
* Oakwood considers drainage, demolitions
* Book examines local TV's first decade

* Immigrant reunited with child months after separation by US
* The Latest: St Patrick's Day Parade lights up New York City
* Indianapolis, Fort Wayne hospitals end visitor restrictions
* UK probing Facebook after Cambridge Analytica suspension
* With torn ligament, SZA powers through performance

* Primary candidates vie for Democratic nomi...
* ICOs Draw Fire at US Congressional Hearing...
* What to Expect When Congress Talks ICOs To...
* 14th District candidates agree: Global war...
* 7 Democrats talk strategy for winning Tues...
* 14th District Dems voice opinions on immig...
* Chelsea Handler shares 14th Congressional ...
* This RSS feed URL is deprecated
* River Town Chronicles: Randy Hultgren is T...
* 7 Democrats talk strategy for winning prim...

* This RSS feed URL is deprecated...
* Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows - ......
* Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows - ......
* Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows - ......

* This RSS feed URL is deprecated...

* Sublime new-music choir the Crossing makes its local debut
* Democrat Governors Association interferes in IL GOP primary
* So why hasn't Illinois ratified the ERA?
* In the 17th Illinois state representative district, Chow ignores IEA cease and desist order. She is not IEA endorsed.
* 87th Street in March 2018
* What Culture Wrestling: Why WWE Struck Accidental Gold On WWE RAW This Week #Raw
* Lt. Gov. candidate at 95th on Friday
* Some school officials were too anxious to control student dissent at walkouts
* 4 Story, 20 Unit Building Proposed For Vacant Lot On Agatite
* The Week In Chicago Rock

* Illinois Awarded Funds to Offer Advanced Training on Detecting Impaired Driving
* Illinois EPA Announces Upcoming Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events
* IEMA Highlights Emergency Preparedness for People with Access and Functional Needs in May - Ready Illinois website offers preparedness tips for people, caregivers
* First Lady Launches Illinois Family Connects
* Governor and Lt. Governor Unveil 2016 Journal of Local Government Shared Service Best Practices

* Huawei MediaPad M5 Pro review: the Android fan’s iPad Pro
* Samsung Galaxy S10 Facial recognition, iPhone SE2 leak & more – Pocketnow Daily
* Lumia 1020 Throwback! Can HMD & Nokia disrupt like this again? (video)
* Spotify IPO will have no underwriting banks
* Google Pay working on Wear OS in three more countries
* Ex-chairman of Qualcomm board leaves company
* iPhone X ad for Face ID features vanity bug

* Your guide to pronouncing all those tricky White Sox names
* Spring Stats Glance
* Dunning among top prospect performers
* Sox lose to Cubs 6-3, but Avi shines
* Jones steaming toward back-end bullpen role
* No shocks in seven Sox cuts
* Moncada, Anderson building bond for future

Main Menu
Pundit rankings
Subscriber Content
Blagojevich Trial
Updated Posts

March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005


RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0

Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller