Timing seems to be the major difference between the Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate when it comes to their positions on criminal justice reform.
U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Hoffman Estates) released her reform proposals last week, and her opponent, former Chicago Urban League president Andrea Zopp, doesn’t disagree with what’s in the position paper.
Her issue with Duckworth’s policies is when they were released.
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“She’s a sitting congresswoman, so if she was going to really drive change on these issues, she’s had plenty of opportunities to do that before she decided to run for the U.S. Senate, and she didn’t, and I think that just tells people what kind of leader you’re getting,” Zopp said.
When it comes to the actual policies, Zopp says Duckworth’s proposals align with her own previously stated positions. She would add to those proposals in some areas, such as automatically expunging non-violent crimes committed by people under the age of 15.
A spokesman for Duckworth’s campaign declined to comment on Zopp’s criticisms.