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David Letterman Headlined Fundraiser for Rep. Duckworth Tuesday

Former “Late Show” host David Letterman was in Chicago Tuesday to attend a fundraiser for Rep. Tammy Duckworth’s Senate campaign.

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    Former “Late Show” host David Letterman was in Chicago Tuesday to attend a fundraiser for Rep. Tammy Duckworth’s Senate campaign.

    Duckworth, Rep. Jan Schakowsky and former Illinois state Sen. Bill Marovitz were all in attendance for the event, which was held at Chicago’s Carnivale restaurant. Marovitz co-owns the West Loop hotspot. Tickets for the event ranged in price from $100 per person to $5,000 for the VIP reception, according to the Chicago Sun-Times’ Lynn Sweet.

    Letterman has been especially critical of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump this campaign season. Trump was a frequent guest on Letterman’s show before the host retired last year.

    In an interview with the New York Times earlier this month, Letterman referred to Trump as a “big blowhard billionaire.”

    “If I had a show, I would have gone right after him,” Letterman told the Times. “I would have said something like, ‘Hey, nice to see you. Now, let me ask you: what gives you the right to make fun of a human who is less fortunate, physically, than you are?’”

    “And maybe that’s where it would have ended. Because i don’t know anything about politics,” Letterman added.

    Duckworth faces Republican incumbent Sen. Mark Kirk in the November election. Kirk disavowed Trump in June, pulling his tacit endorsement of the divisive billionaire.

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