Political endorsements

Political endorsements

Last Sunday, Democratic congressional candidate David Gill said that he had been endorsed by former state Sen. Deanna Demuzio of Carlinville.

Now the Bloomington physician, apparently the only Democrat interested in taking on U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson next November, has added several more endorsements.

He also is being backed by state Rep. Naomi Jakobsson of Urbana, her husband and onetime congressional candidate Eric Jakobsson, Champaign County Board Chair C. Pius Weibel, former Democratic congressional candidate James Gray of Litchfield and the Jersey County Democratic Party.

As it stands now Gill and Johnson will oppose each other a year from now for the fourth time — but in a mostly new congressional district that arcs from Champaign-Urbana on the northeast to the Illinois suburbs of St. Louis on the southwest. Johnson has defeated Gill in congressional races in 2004, 2006 and 2010.

Also today Habeeb Habeeb, the treasurer of the Champaign County Republican Party and likely the next chair of the group, endorsed Mitt Romney for president.

"America needs a proven executive that can effectively work with all branches of government to execute real reform. I believe Gov. Romney is the leader we need in the nation's highest office," Habeeb said in a statement. "What I think stands out most about Mitt Romney is that he brings a solid background from both the private and public sectors. He's successfully turned around flailing corporations, and as governor of Massachusetts with a Democrat-controlled legislature, he pulled the state out from a massive deficit and implemented policy measures that help create jobs by the thousands."








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