Duckworth ponders congressional run

July 1, 2011

Associated Press


A former Veterans Affairs official in President Barack Obama's administration is making calls to potential supporters about another run for Congress.

A spokesman says Tammy Duckworth began making phone calls Friday to elected officials, party leaders, labor organizers and past supporters about a potential run in Illinois' new 8th Congressional District. The newly drawn district in Chicago's western suburbs has no incumbent. Duckworth, a veteran who lost both her legs in a rocket-propelled grenade attack, ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2006 in another district.

Pete Giangreco, a consultant who also worked on Duckworth's 2006 bid, said Friday was her first day back in Illinois after leaving her job as assistant secretary of Veterans Affairs in Washington.

Another candidate, Raja Krishnamoorthi, has formed an exploratory committee for an 8th district run.