WASHINGTON--Democratic House hopeful Robin Kelly, running to replace Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., picked up the endorsement Sunday of Reps. Bobby Rush and Danny Davis, both Illinois Democrats. On Tuesday, I'm told Kelly will be Rush's guest when President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union Address in the House chamber.
Early voting in the Illinois Second Congressional District starts today--Monday. The primary is Feb. 26 and the winner in the heavily Democratic district faces only nominal Republican opposition in the April general election.
In making the endorsement, Rush and Davis said in statements:
"Our communities are facing an epidemic of gun violence, and we need more members of Congress who can be trusted to fight for common sense gun control measures. Robin Kelly is a woman of integrity and conviction, and President Obama, Congressman Davis and I need her as our partner in ending gun violence," said Congressman Bobby Rush.
"Robin Kelly has the kind of pragmatism that you need to get results in Washington, while never compromising her beliefs like many do. If we are going to stop the NRA in their tracks, and make our communities safe again, Robin Kelly is the right woman for the job," said Congressman Danny Davis.