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posted: 10/14/2012 4:34 AM

Endorsement of Duckworth puzzling

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Endorsement of Duckworth puzzling

I'm a little puzzled with your endorsement of Duckworth in the 8th Congressional District, just as I was puzzled when you endorsed her over Roskam in 2006 and again over Raj Krishnamoorthi in the primary. Your non-endorsement of Walsh seemed more positive than endorsements you gave Biggert, Roskam and Dold but yet you still supported Duckworth.

You mentioned that she would be a "bipartisan problem solver" but I wonder what she has done in the past to earn that label? In interviews and debates, she seems noncommittal and unsure of how she is going to accomplish things like lowering the cost of education. I'm part of the new 8th that I believed was created by Illinois Democrats that gerrymandered the district just for her.

Raj was the first to run but got no Democratic support until Duckworth was coaxed into the race by state Democrats. Because of that, I don't think she will be a blue-dog or bipartisan. If you wanted blue-dog, you should have supported Raj.

In closing, I think the qualities that you spoke of about Walsh speaks volumes. Including his obstructionism when it comes to agreeing to more and more federal spending or raising taxes. We need someone in DC to say "no more" and we need more of them, Democrat, Libertarian and Republican and I don't see Duckworth is the type of person that would.

Ron Feldman


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