U.S. Senate candidate Andrea Zopp has been complaining about “the powers that be” favoring her Democratic opponent. Who exactly is she referring to?
Zopp says it’s “Washington insiders,” like the powerful Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which endorsed the Senate candidacy of U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Hoffman Estates) in July.
While Duckworth also has the strong back of U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, Zopp says she’s not lumping him in with those she’s criticizing.

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“I have a tremendous amount of respect for Sen. Durbin,” Zopp said. “I’ve been a supporter of his for a very long time.”
But Zopp did bring his name up while criticizing another Duckworth endorsement, this one from the Illinois AFL-CIO. She claims the labor group moved up the endorsement interviews from January to late September, and then announced its Duckworth endorsement less than an hour after she met with the AFL-CIO executive board.
“The efforts from Washington to anoint a candidate, I think, are a mistake,” Zopp said.
Zopp has picked up the endorsement of several Chicago-area politicians, including former Illinois Senate President Emil Jones, and State Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago).