Kennedy for Governor…

…of Illinois.  JConway might especially be interested in this news since it connects his two home states.  Businessman Chris Kennedy, the 8th child of RFK, has announced that he will challenge incumbent Republican Bruce Rauner in 2018.  He is the Chair of the family investment firm, Joseph P. Kennedy Enterprises, and founded Top Box Foods, a nonprofit that provides healthy, affordable foods to residents of Chicago.  He is in his words not afraid of the billionaire incumbent, being very wealthy himself.

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  1. Kennedy got endorsed by Speaker Madigan

    And is the early front runner. The Tribune has a list of the other candidates:

    He’s the second Democratic governor candidate to register a campaign committee, joining Chicago Ald. Ameya Pawar, 47th. Several others are weighing a bid, including another wealthy Chicago businessman, J.B. Pritzker, as well as U.S. Reps. Cheri Bustos of Moline and Robin Kelly of Matteson, and state Sens. Daniel Biss of Evanston, Kwame Raoul of Chicago and Andy Manar of Bunker Hill.

    Pawar is probably the most progressive but it’s a big leap from Alderman to Governor. Daniel Biss I interned with briefly and he has an interesting background as a Math Professor who got into state politics. Kwame Raoul had the distinction of replacing Barack Obama in the State Senate, but he always struck me as a lightweight when I’ve interacted with him. Robin Kelly has done great work on housing and gun control and represents one of the poorest districts in the state. Bistros should bite the bullet and run for re-election.

    My personal favorite whom I also interned with, Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle is sitting this one out. I hope that means without a doubt that she runs against Emmanuel in 19′. And of course Lisa Madigan has to put her ambitions on the back burner yet again so daddy can stay Speaker.

    Illinois makes Massachusetts look like Scandinavia. Nothing is funded properly and most young people outside of Chicago are fleeing the state for better opprtunities. My sister in law will be headed to Ohio and my wife and I will be heading back to the Boston area.

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