WASHINGTON--President Barack Obama on Tuesday endorsed the Democratic candidate, Robin Kelly, running to replace disgraced former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) in the special election next week. Kelly is expected to win the seat in the heavily Democratic district, facing only nominal GOP opposition.
Obama pal Cheryl Whitaker is chairing Kelly's campaign; Kelly and Obama served together in the Illinois General Assembly.
In a statement released through the Kelly campaign Obama said:
"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 President Obama.
"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. As a member of Congress, Robin will help us get that vote and that's why I urge you to elect Robin Kelly as your representative in the United State Congress."