Cheri Bustos visits with potential Chicago supporters
December 20th, 2016
U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos was in town last week meeting with potential supporters for a possible run for governor.
“I’ve been sitting down with people and getting their reaction and getting their guidance and advice,” she told me. “I’m asking them ‘Would people in Chicago and the collar counties go for someone like me to run the state of Illinois?’ You can’t run in the state of Illinois and not do well in Chicago.”
Bustos wouldn’t reveal who she was talking to, but acknowledged they are potential donors.
The Rock Island Democrat’s election victory was noticed by Washington Democrats as she was the lone blue congresswoman in a sea of red voters. She was tapped for a leadership position in the House–she’s co-chair of the Policy and Communications Committee and will likely be telling the story of how she won in a area dominated by supporters of president-elect Donald Trump.
Bustos says she’s happy with the new role but she’s interested, too, in working for Illinois. So she’s weighing the idea of running against Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.
She joins a club of Democrats with the same idea. Among them are business executives and high-profile Democrats J.B. Pritzker and Chris Kennedy, U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly, state Senators Daniel Biss of Evanston and Andy Manar of Bunker Hill, Chicago Treasurer Kurt Summers and Chicago Ald. Ameya Pawar of the 47th Ward. And one political reporter–hello, Greg Hinz–thinks Valerie Jarrett, a top the president, might even give the race a shot.
It’s going to be an interesting primary.