With just under a week to go before the April 9 election, 2nd Congressional District candidate Robin Kelly picked up a key endorsement out of Washington.
Tuesday, President Barack Obama announced his support for the south suburban Matteson democrat. Kelly formerly served as chief of staff to ex-Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias and then ran for that office. She lost her bid for state treasurer in 2010 and went on to work in Cook County board President Toni Preckwinkle’s administration.
“In my State of the Union address, I laid out a vision to make the United States a magnet for jobs and manufacturing, equip every American with the skills they need to do those jobs, and ensure that hard work leads to a decent living. To continue moving America forward, I need partners in the House of Representatives like Robin Kelly. I have known Robin for many years and I am confident she is the perfect choice to represent the Illinois 2nd Congressional District," said Obama.
The president’s support for Kelly comes as he tries to stoke more support for national gun control legislation. She emerged from a pool of dozens of candidates in the February primary to win the Democratic nomination, but not after coming under fire for accepting campaign money from Mayor Michael Bloomberg who used his own money to back candidates nationwide who also supported strengthening gun laws.
Obama’s endorsement came a day before he spoke on gun violence in Colorado.
“Robin is a tireless champion for building small businesses, supporting middle-class families, protecting our seniors, improving transportation and expanding access to health care. I share Robin’s passionate advocacy to end gun violence with common sense solutions because like her, I believe families impacted by gun violence - especially in my home city of Chicago - deserve a vote," the president said.