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|Senate Candidate Introduces Himself in Galesburg
|A man who's spent more than a decade prosecuting criminals and fighting corruption wants to serve the public in a different way -- as the next United States Senator from Illinois.
Democrat David Hoffman, a Chicago native who spent the past four years as that city's Inspector General, spoke about several key issues facing Illinois and the nation during a campaign stop Saturday in Galesburg. Hoffman is running for the Senate seat formerly held by President Barack Obama and currently occupied by Democrat Roland Burris. Burris, who was appointed to the position by former Governor Rod Blagojevich, previously announced he would not run for a full term.
Hoffman says because of the corruption scandals involving certain Democrats, the upcoming election season will be difficult for Democrats, especially in Illinois. He says he's never been a politician, and that's what is needed -- more people in politics with integrity and public service backgrounds.
Hoffman says the Senate race is getting a lot of attention because the party in control is vulnerable.
"The analysis from a number of these Washington publications, like the 'National Journal'...they ranked this senate seat as the number two most likely in the entire country, to switch from Democratic to Republican," Hoffman said. "Their analysis was that the likely Republican nominee, Mark Kirk, is going to be a very formidable nominee."
Hoffman says the prediction by the political journals is the seat will switch to Republican hands unless a Democratic outsider like himself is elected because of the scandals in the party.
Hoffman says he's the only candidate who has stated publicly that he's not accepting money from Political Action Committees or lobbyists.
Hoffman is one of five Democrats seeking the party's nomination. He says the number one issue facing the country is the getting the economy on track and creating jobs.
US Senate candidate David Hoffman of Chicago talks to a small group Saturday at the Galesburg Community Center.
(WGIL Photo and News Story by Mike Perry)
|01 09 10 by Newsroom
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