U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky appeared confident, if non-committal, about her potential Senate bid during an appearance on "Fox Chicago Sunday."
Schakowsky cited the polls she recently commissioned on the race, which have the Congresswoman leading a hypothetical three-way Democratic primary over Sen. Roland Burris and State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias. Those polls did not include Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan or Merchandise Mart Properties president and Robert F. Kennedy son Chris Kennedy. Asked about a matchup with Kennedy, who has been doing his own polling on the race, Schakowsky said simply that he's "a friend of mine" before lauding her ground operation, as Progress Illinois notes:
The advantage I would have [is] that over the last decade, I have built a very strong field operation. We sent literally thousands of people to Iowa, throughout Illinois, for Barack Obama and other candidates. So I have a very broad and very devoted base on which I could depend, I believe.
Asked about facing U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk, the North Shore Republican who is widely considered the GOP's strongest potential candidate, Schakowsky previewed a likely campaign talking point:
Here's the thing, I think that for a Republican to run in the state of Illinois, in Obama's home state, running against the Obama agenda is very tough to do.
Schakowsky has said that she plans to announce whether she'll run for Senate on June 8th.
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