April 10, 2013
Robin Kelly to Succeed Jesse Jackson Jr.’s Congressional Seat
Former Illinois state Rep. Robin Kelly won Tuesday’s special election to succeed Jesse Jackson Jr., as congressional representative.
Kelly, whose campaign received $2 million from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, came out victorious against Republican community activist Paul McKinley, three independent candidates and a Green Party candidate in a race to replace the troubled Jackson, who was once the city’s golden politician but succumbed to health issues and a financial scandal, pleading guilty to spending $750,000 in campaign funds.
As the successor of the 17-year incumbent Jackson,Â Kelly has promised to champion anti-gun violence in Washington.