Tammy Duckworth vs Raja Krishnamoorthi Democratic Illinois 8 House primary?

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WASHINGTON–With the potential of Assistant Veterans Affairs Secretary Tammy Duckworth running for the House from the new Illinois 8th District, I asked Raja Krishnamoorthi–already in the contest–on Wednesday if he would step aside for the better known candidate and the answer for now is no.

“I’m in this race,” he told me. “I have great respect for her and other potential candidates, but I am in this race and what I need to focus on are the issues voters care about right now, such as the economy and the middle class, medicare and public education I also am focusing on what it it would take for me to win.”

Click below for Krishnamoorthi memo on his prospects and lists of endorsements….

Click here for my column on Duckworth resigning from the VA and the formidable resume she brings if she decides to run.

Gov. Pat Quinn has yet to sign the Democratic-drawn Illinois congressional remap….

Illinois Republicans have a fund-raiser Wednesday night in Washington for their legal fund to fight the Democratic remap in federal court.

below, from Krishnamoorthi….


Krishnamoorthi Beat Party-Backed Candidate by 2-1 Margin in 2010 Democratic Primary

A little more than a year ago, Raja (RAJ-jah) Krishnamoorthi (krish-nah-MOOR-thee) faced a well-funded, party-backed candidate in the Democratic primary for Comptroller, and Raja beat that opponent by more than a 2-1 margin in what is the newly-redistricted 8th Congressional District. Rep. David Miller was a longtime state legislator with a significant media buy of $1 million and a great ballot name running against Raja, who was a first-time candidate. As statewide candidates, Raja and Miller ran in every precinct that makes up the new 8th District.

In the 13 townships in Cook, DuPage and Kane County that make up the new 8th Congressional District, Raja received 61.9 percent of the Democratic primary vote compared to 29.3 percent for David Miller. Raja swept to victory in all 13 townships. For example, Raja defeated Miller in Schaumburg Township by approximately 60.0% to 30.0%, in York Township by 67.5% to 25.7%, and in Elgin Township by 55.5% to 35.5%.

That performance at the polls and Raja’s fundraising prowess have garnered attention for Raja’s run for Congress with the Daily Kos writing last month that “Krishnamoorthi may face a primary but is expected to be formidable.”

The Chicago Sun-Times wrote on June 8, 2011 that Krishnamoorthi, 37, president of a successful suburban high-tech business, “has been busy locking up endorsements from the lion’s share of local Democrats. Five of the six Cook County Democratic committeemen in the district are on board. The DuPage County Democratic township leaders and the Democratic chairs of DuPage and Kane County have endorsed him. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is a supporter.”

The new 8th Congressional District includes a base of community support for a candidate like Raja Krishnamoorthi. Of the 18 cities in Illinois with the largest Asian Indian population according to 2010 U.S. Census data, 11 of those cities are in the new 8th Congressional District. The new 8thCongressional District also has an Asian population of 12.26 percent, the second highest among congressional districts in Illinois (9th District has 12.64%).

Raja’s message of common sense problem solving and a focus on economic development will resonate throughout the 8th District, along with what theChicago Tribune called his “innovative ideas” to make government more open, transparent and accountable that led the state’s largest newspaper to endorse his candidacy a little more than a year ago for statewide office and write that Krishnamoorthi was a “game-changer.” Raja is also rooted in the community as he and his wife have been raising their two sons in Hoffman Estates, and his wife is a physician at St. Alexius Hospital, one of the largest hospitals in the district.

For more information about Raja and his campaign, please visit www.rajaforcongress.com.

Here is a full list of Raja’s supporters:

Abner Mikva, former U.S. Judge, Congressman, and White House Counsel

Newton Minow, former Chairman of the FCC

Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Board President

Danny Davis, U.S. Congressman

David Wilhelm, former Chairman of the Democratic National Committee

Fred Crespo, State Representative

Jack Franks, State Representative

Dave Koehler, State Senator

Billy Marovitz, former State Senator & Democratic State Central Comm.

Tom Villanova, President, Chicago and Cook County Bldg. Trades Council

Bob Peickert, DuPage County Democratic Chairman

Mark Guethle, Kane County Democratic Chairman

Tim Bradford, Vice-Chairman of the Cook County Democratic Party

Rocco Terranova, Schaumburg Township Democratic Committeeman

Nancy Shepherdson, 8th CD Democratic State Central Committeewoman

Christine Cegelis, 6th CD Democratic State Central Committeewoman

Robert Wagner, 6th CD Democratic State Central Committeeman

Larry Rogers, Jr., Commissioner, Cook County Board of Review

Mike Alvarez, Commissioner, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District

Larry Walsh, Will County Executive

Amy Rohrer, Executive Director, DuPage County Democrats

Melinda Bush, Lake County Board member

Pat Carey, Lake County Board member

Bill Powers, Barrington Township Democratic Committeeman

Trudy Zaja, Hanover Park Township Democratic Committeeman

Sue Walton, Palatine Township Democratic Committeeman

Sam Yingling, Avon Township Supervisor

Wendy Warden, First Vice-Chair of the 8th CD Democrats

Mike Braun, Addison Township Democratic Chair

Mark Feldstein, Avon Township Democratic Chair

Pete Null, Bloomingdale Township Democratic Chair

Tim Jackson, Ela Township Democratic Chair

Dave McArtin, Grant Township Democratic Chair

Ed Erwin, Lake Villa Township Democratic Chair

Marian Tomlinson, Milton Township Democratic Chair

Gale Cohen DeMarco, Wauconda Township Democratic Chair

Ted Lonis, Wayne Township Democratic Chair

Carol Davis, York Township Democratic Chair

Bob Frankel, Schaumburg Township Library Board

Debby Miller, Schaumburg Township Library Board

Nick Scipione, Schaumburg Township Library Board

Schaumburg Area Democrats

Asian-American Action Fund of Greater Chicago

Indo-American Democratic Organization

Sheet Metal Workers, Local #73

Painters District Council #30


Raja Krishnamoorthi, 37, of Hoffman Estates has a unique mix of private and public experience that will enable him to help secure our economic future while bringing efficiencies to government and protecting the taxpayer’s pocketbook. Through his high-level business experience, Raja understands what it takes to meet a budget, innovate new products and put people to work by growing high-tech businesses. He also has a proven ability to fight government corruption and cut costs.

Raja currently serves as President of Sivananthan Laboratories, a Bolingbrook-based business dedicated to the research, development and commercialization of cutting-edge products and technologies in national security and renewable energy. The company specializes in night vision military technology, solar cells, biosensors to detect weapons of mass destruction, and radiation detectors.

Before joining his current company, Raja served as Deputy Treasurer for Illinois where he helped revamp the state’s unclaimed property system by increasing the amount of returned property while cutting the program’s costs. He also helped to run the technology venture capital fund, which has helped create hundreds of good-paying jobs in Illinois.

In 2006, Raja was appointed by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to serve as Special Assistant Attorney General to help start her Public Integrity Unit. Before that, he served as a member of the Illinois Housing Development Authority where he was Chairman of the Audit Committee.

The son of Indian immigrants to the U.S., Raja was raised in Peoria, where he attended public schools and graduated as a valedictorian of his high school class. Raja earned his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in mechanical engineering from Princeton University in 1995 and graduated with honors from Harvard Law School in 2000.

Following law school, Raja clerked for a federal judge in Chicago and rose to become a partner in the international law firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He served as issues director for Barack Obama’s successful U.S. Senate campaign in 2004 and as an advisor to his successful presidential campaign in 2008.

In 2010, Raja ran for the Democratic nomination for Illinois State Comptroller, earning enthusiastic endorsements from the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times for his focus on bringing greater transparency and fiscal discipline to government finances. He missed winning the nomination by approximately one percent.

As a resident of Hoffman Estates, Raja served on the Village’s Comprehensive Planning Advisory Commission.

Raja is married to Priya, a doctor at St. Alexius Hospital in Hoffman Estates. They have two sons: Vijay, 5, who attends Winston Churchill Elementary School, and Vikram, who is 2.

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