Zopp: Duckworth endorsement shows 'insensitivity to Chicago'
Democrat Andrea Zopp says national party leaders who backed U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth in the Senate primary race next year may have a "total insensitivity to Chicago, African American women and the democratic process."
Duckworth, of Hoffman Estates, this week touted the endorsement of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in her bid to win next year's primary and take on Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk of Highland Park.
Zopp said in a statement that the committee shouldn't have made that call without at least interviewing her, even though she hasn't formally announced her campaign yet.
"I don't know if it comes from their fear of me having raised in only two weeks nearly three-quarters of what their candidate raised in two months … or their total insensitivity to Chicago, African American women and the democratic process," she said in a statement.
Zopp's campaign has reported raising more than $660,000 in recent weeks. Duckworth this week announced she'd raised $1.2 million over the past three months. And Kirk's camp said he'll report $1.35 million in fundraising.
A spokesman for the DSCC said Zopp never requested a meeting and the organization is "proud to have such diversity among our Senate candidates."
"Before endorsing Tammy Duckworth the DSCC met with (U.S. Reps.) Robin Kelly, Cheri Bustos and everyone else in Illinois who asked to meet with us, but Andrea Zopp never requested a meeting," spokesman Justin Barasky said.
Duckworth is serving her second term in Congress and earned the national endorsement Thursday.
"Tammy's incredible story reflects her persistence and tenacity, even when the odds are stacked against her, and she brings that same determination to her work on behalf of her constituents every single day," the national committee's chairman, Sen. Jon Tester of Montana, said in a statement.