CHICAGO (CBS) — Congresswoman Robin Kelly said her first year in office replacing imprisoned Jesse Jackson Jr. was “like building a ship in the middle of the ocean,” because she was not only a freshman on Capitol Hill, but three months behind all her colleagues.
WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports it has been a little more than a year since Kelly was sworn in to represent Illinois’ 2nd District in Washington, following a special election to replace Jackson after his conviction for misusing campaign cash.
Kelly easily defeated fifteen other Democrats in the special primary election last year, and then trounced her Republican opponent a few weeks later, after making gun control her main campaign platform. When she was sworn in on April 11, 2013, Congress was already three months into its current session.
“When you come in on a special election, it’s like building a ship in the middle of the ocean. I was three months behind everyone else. I’m very proud … that we were able to put our office together,” she said.