Chicago Sun-Times Endorses Raja for Congress
SCHAUMBURG, Ill., (February 23, 2016) – The Chicago Sun-Times has endorsed Raja Krishnamoorthi for Congress in the 8th District of Illinois that includes Chicago’s northwest suburbs.
“Our endorsement goes to Krishnamoorthi,” wrote the editorial board of the Chicago Sun-Times. “We’re impressed by Krishnamoorthi’s highly specific legislative agenda. He wants to raise the minimum wage, guarantee access to paid maternity and sick leave for all workers and provide overtime protections to workers earning less than $50,000.” In addition, the Sun-Times noted that Raja “wants to create a Federal Infrastructure Bank, financed by repealing a tax break for oil companies, to pay for such projects as the long-delayed Elgin-O’Hare highway extension.”
The Sun-Times wrote that key leaders in Congress, as evidenced by their strong support for Raja, will “put wind in his sails” to give his “ambitious” policy proposals a leg up in becoming law.
The backing of Krishnamoorthi by the Sun-Times follows the endorsement earlier this month from the editorial board of the Daily Herald, the largest suburban newspaper in the Chicago area.
In its endorsement of Raja, the Daily Herald wrote it was “pleased to recommend Krishnamoorthi to represent his party for the position [Tammy] Duckworth is leaving to run for the U.S. Senate. Krishnamoorthi brings to this race experience that is broad and deep, both in public service and in the business world.”
The two newspaper endorsements add to the momentum of Raja’s campaign for Congress, as demonstrated by a poll released earlier this month showing Krishnamoorthi with a double-digit lead over his nearest opponent.
A live poll of 400 likely Democratic voters taken February 9-11 by GBA Strategies asked 8th District voters which candidate they would vote for if the election were held today.
Krishnamoorthi had the support of 41 percent of voters with State Sen. Mike Noland at 27 percent and Villa Park President Deb Bullwinkel with 5 percent. Undecided voters accounted for 26 percent of the poll. The margin of error was +/- 4.9 percentage points.