Oct. 01–Former Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton will campaign in Chicago on Monday for governor candidate J.B. Pritzker, a major supporter of her failed efforts to get to the White House.
Clinton, a 2008 Democratic candidate for the White House and the party’s 2016 nominee, formally endorsed Pritzker during a Chicago visit in April of last year after he won a crowded Democratic field for governor by a wide margin.
Pritzker was a long time supporter of Clinton’s presidential bids, including her 2008 effort to win the Democratic nomination against home-state U.S. Sen. Barack Obama. He and his wife, Mary Kay, contributed at least $14.7 million to two super political action committees supporting her unsuccessful 2016 White House bid, federal records show
His backing of her in 2008 created some family friction as he served as a national co-chair of her campaign. Pritzker’s sister, Penny, backed Obama’s 2008 presidential bid and later became his commerce secretary.
Nevertheless, Obama in August formally endorsed Pritzker’s bid, saying in a 90-second video: “I know J.B. I trust J.B. And that’s who he is, someone who is always thinking about how he can make a difference.”
Clinton is scheduled to join Pritzker at a roundtable event highlighting social service issues, a frequent point of criticism by the Democrat over the Republican’s record that included overseeing an historic state budget impasse of more than two years. She is not scheduled to speak to the media afterward.
In the 2016 Illinois election, Clinton defeated President Donald Trump by 17 percentage points. She won all but McHenry of the state’s traditionally Republican leaning collar counties, giving Democrats hope that they can capture additional state legislative seats as well as flip GOP seats in Congress.
This article provided by NewsEdge.