Super PAC money causes tension at 2nd District candidate debate

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Candidates debate in the race to replace disgraced 2nd District Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.

The debate comes after three candidates have dropped out, and another raises questions about the frontrunner.

Through the talk of Social Security and Medicare at the AARP sponsored debate in south suburban Matteson, there was an underlying tension for out-of-state Super PAC money being funneled into support candidate Robin Kelly in the IL 2nd District Race.

The Super PAC is controlled by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Kelly, who has worked in government for 20 years, was endorsed Sunday by State Sen. Toi Hutchinson, another leading candidate who dropped out of the race Sunday.  Hutchinson then endorsed Kelly.

Patrick Brutus, another candidate, dropped out Monday throwing his support behind Kelly as well.

The remaining candidates at the debate with name recognition, including Chicago Alderman Anthony Beale and  former congresswoman Debbie Halverson talked about nearly $2 million in Super PAC money going to Kelly saying it speaks to Kelly’s weak candidacy that she needs to be “propped up” with millions of dollars.


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