Tags: Debbie Halvorson

SuperPACs Already Active for 2014 Cycle


Believe it or not, independent groups are already reporting expenditures for the 2014 election cycle to the FEC — mostly by liberal groups in the Democratic primary of the special House election in Chicago, but Club for Growth Action has spent $151,564.80 on a television ad opposing Senator Mark Pryor, an Arkansas Democrat up for reelection in 2014.

By far the biggest spender is Independence USA PAC, New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg’s anti-gun group, which spent $2,228,638.78 in the race. The vast majority of the expenditures were classified as opposing Deborah Halvorson and Toi Hutchison, but some were classified as supporting the eventual primary winner, Robin Kelly.

The Service Employees International Union’s Committee on Political Education — an illustrious name for a political action committee — spent $14,266 on radio advertising that simultaneously supported Kelly and opposed Halvorson, and a separate $59,755 on earlier ads hitting Halvorson.

Halvorson and Hutchison proved to be the most popular targets of the liberal groups; all the rest of the reported independent expenditures were classified as opposing the pair. Credo SuperPac, a liberal group that has set out to “take down the Tea Party Ten,” spent $44,033.33 on efforts opposing them; Progressive Kick, which sets out to “Give Conservatives the Boot!” spent $27,510 opposing them, and Progressive U.S.A. Voters spent an additional $21,484.

Tags: Club For Growth , Debbie Halvorson , Michael Bloomberg , Mike Pryor , SEIU

Bloomberg’s Big Spending in an Illinois House Primary


Former Democratic representative Debbie Halvorson, who is running in the extremely crowded primary in the special election in Illinois’s second congressional district, tells

There’s a commercial that everybody knows about, that runs, I think every seven minutes. The mayor of New York (Michael Bloomberg), Mr. Nanny State himself, is trying to come into Illinois and buy himself a seat, and I feel it’s backfired on him. Because, everywhere I go now, I’m swarmed by many many people who are saying “you’ve got my vote.”

Halvorson is A-rated by the NRA and opposes an assault-weapons ban. The Independence USA political action committee, which is controlled by New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, is running the ad, which doesn’t endorse anyone; it just tells people to vote against Halvorson.

This is a Democratic primary with 16 candidates, and most of the highest-profile contenders are liberal, inner-city, black cogs of the Chicago political machine — in a district that stretches out to the southern suburbs. With about 15 of the Democrats competing for the same group of voters, Halvorson could well end up with the largest share of the vote on Primary Day.

Tags: Debbie Halvorson , Illinois , Mike Bloomberg , Special Elections

The All-Stars Running in That Chicago House Race


There are now four Democrats angling for the House seat once occupied by Jesse Jackson Jr.

Governor Patrick “Pat” Quinn announced that the special election’s primary will be held on February 26, and the general election in the heavily Democratic district is tentatively scheduled for March 19. Quinn wants the state assembly to move the general election date to April 9, the same day as an already-scheduled election.

The four declared candidates are Chicago alderman Anthony A. Beale (who spent more of his official office expense account on public relations than any other Chicago alderman), former one-term representative Debbie Halvorson (who lost her 2010 reelction bid after she attacked the military service of GOP rival Adam Kinzinger), state senator–elect Napoleon Harris, and conveniently pre-indicted former representative Mel Reynolds, convicted of statutory rape and bank fraud in 1995.

Truly, a stellar lineup. Actually, Harris is a genuine all-star of sorts, having played in the NFL for several years and been named to named to the Pro Football Weekly All-Rookie team in 2001.

UPDATE: Also being mentioned as a candidate: Alderman Will Burns, who was Barack Obama’s deputy campaign manager in his ill-fated 2000 primary challenge to Representative Bobby Rush.

Tags: Debbie Halvorson , Jesse Jackson Jr. , Dianne Feinstein

Candidates Announce Bids in Virginia, Illinois, Pennsylvania


Thanksgiving is over, and announcements of candidacy for 2013 and 2014 are coming at a surprisingly fast pace.

In Virginia, Republicans have a candidate for the state’s lieutenant governor position:

Pete Snyder, a technology entrepreneur and former Fox News commentator who oversaw Republican campaigns in Virginia this year, announced Monday that he will run for lieutenant governor. Snyder, 40, began serving as a paid commentator on Fox last summer while in the thick of Virginia’s heated races for president and U.S. Senate. He recently stepped down from that TV role, as the Virginian-Pilot first reported. This is the Fairfax County resident’s first bid for elective office.

In Illinois, a familiar name wants to return to Congress:

Former Rep. Debbie Halvorson, D-Ill., announced today that she is running to replace former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. after his resignation last week.

Halvorson represented a Chicago district in Congress from 2009 until 2011 but lost her reelection bid to Republican Adam Kinzinger, who was just re-elected to a second term. Halvorson also challenged Jackson in the primary for the 2012 election in a newly redistricted seat but lost to the longtime congressman.

In Pennsylvania, Republican governor Tom Corbett has his first announced challenger, former environmental-protection chief John Hanger. The Philadelphia Inquirer predicts a crowded Democratic primary:

Millionaire Tom Knox, who ran for mayor of Philadelphia in 2007, and York businessman Tom Wolfe, who served as [Governor Ed] Rendell’s revenue secretary, have told the Associated Press they, too, might run.

Among other names mentioned in Democratic circles: former U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, who narrowly lost a 2010 run for the U.S. Senate; Attorney General-elect Kathleen Kane, who won more votes statewide than President Obama on Nov. 6; Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski; state Treasurer Rob McCord and U.S. Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz, both of whom just were reelected; and Jack Wagner, the retiring state auditor general.

And finally, Chris Christie is running for reelection as governor of New Jersey. This morning the Quinnipiac University polling center finds Christie with a 72 percent approval rating, “the highest score Quinnipiac University ever measured for a New Jersey governor.”

Tags: Chris Christie , Debbie Halvorson , John Hanger , Pete Snyder

Why Did Illinois’s Defeated Democrats Vote to Extend the Tax Cuts?


An Illinois Republican observes:

Interesting to see that all four of the ousted House Democrats from Illinois voted “yes” on the extension of the tax cuts. Rumors are going around that all four — Melissa Bean, Bill Foster, Debbie Halvorson and Phil Hare — are looking to get back into Congress after redistricting.  Voting “no” probably would have better gone along with their ideology, but could be politically damaging (imagine the commercials “So and So voted to allow middle class tax rates to go up”).  Both Halvorson and Foster ended with considerable amounts of money left in their war chest.

Tags: Bill Foster , Debbie Halvorson , Melissa Bean , Phil Hare

Time to Take Out the Trash in Illinois’ 11th District


Illinois Democrat Debbie Halvorson: You don’t just want to see her beaten; you want to see her beaten badly.

Confident campaigns do not send their volunteers out with signs of the opponent with Hitler mustaches.

Tags: Adam Kinzinger , Debbie Halvorson

GOP Challenger Kinzinger 51, Democrat Incumbent Halvorson 40


If you’re a House GOP challenger who isn’t beating a Democrat incumbent by double digits, you must feel like an underachiever these days. The latest in Illinois:

A new internal poll shows Republican congressional challenger Adam Kinzinger leading freshman Democratic Rep. Debbie Halvorson by 11 percentage points, Kinzinger’s campaign said Monday.

The poll of 400 likely voters in the south suburban 11th Congressional District found Kinzinger leading Halvorson 51 percent to 40 percent.

While the poll said Kinzinger is now known by 60 percent of the respondents, the number who had a favorable impression of him — 27 percent — and those that have an unfavorable impression — 4 percent — only add up to 31 percent.

Of course, the Sun-Times gives a good reason for caution:

The polling firm, Public Opinion Strategies, found Halvorson’s last Republican opponent, Marty Ozinga, within 2 percentage points of her just before election day. She won that race 58 percent to 35 percent.

UPDATE: Never trust the Chicago Sun-Times. Glen Bolger of Public Opinion Strategies writes in:

The Sun-Times has apologized and is correcting that item.  There was NEVER a poll that we did that showed the race just two points in 2008. 

Our final poll was done October 12-13 and showed Ozinga down double digits.  It was not released, and after that poll, he essentially stopped spending money. 

Tags: Adam Kinzinger , Debbie Halvorson

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