Cegelis Endorses Duckworth

Lynn Sweet's column has the story.

Christine Cegelis, who lost a three-way Democratic House primary battle last month, said she endorses the winner, wounded Iraq war vet Tammy Duckworth.

"I certainly endorse Tammy over Peter Roskam. I hope for a Demo-cratic win in November, and I wish her all the luck in the world,'' Cegelis said

This is a classy move, and a smart one.  She took some time, took a deep breath, and then did the right thing.  That's going to matter when the next political opportunity comes up for her.

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Healing In IL-06

The acrimony is (SLOWLY) dying down. The raw, festering wounds have been "salved" somewhat by time and space. It was one of the nastiest races I've seen in 26 years of politics. And I've been involved in races from small town Alderman, to Chicago Aldermen and Mayors, and even Presidential Campaigns. I'm talking "inner circle" involved, more often than not.

The Duckworth Supporters...Or more accurately...The "Anti-Cegelis" (for a variety of reasons) bloggers have figured out (I hope) that they were only fanning the flames of dissension, by not allowing the Cegelis Camp an opportunity to vent their frustrations, hurt and anger after the election. And in retrospect, I think we can see now that they/we were just desperately trying to be heard, above the din of "conventional wisdom", before the election.

All that being said, let's talk about what it's going to take to move forward:

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On the whole Tammy Duckworth thing

You know I was listening to Christine Cegelis on Laura Flanders' show last night and she said that her and her people, the organization of volunteers that her campaign excited and built up were not going to go work for Duckworth, but instead they are going to go and help local progressive candidates not backed by the establishment. I think they are doing the right thing. Duckworth has the establishment support they obviously just expect people to vote for her anyway.

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A Different Interpretation of Illinois 06

I too have meditated a lot on the results and the various events coloring the race in Illinois 06.  

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My thoughts on IL-6

As someone who has spent a lot of time thinking about the Cegelis-Duckworth race these past few months, I was pretty shocked by the (closeness of the) result, and struggled all of yesterday with the question of how to interpret it and what to say.  I think I'll just stick with a personal narrative.

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