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Pelosi and Boehner Square Off in Illinois

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Pelosi and Boehner Square Off in Illinois

Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner may be smiling here, but they're going to battle in the 8th District.

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Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi reportedly is giving financial support to Democratic 8th District Congressional candidate Tammy Duckworth. 

Pelosi has written two checks totalling $7,000 to Duckworth’s campaign, according to the Sun Times’ Lynn Sweet

Duckworth faces Raja Krishnamoorthi in the March primary, and the winner of that race could face Tea Party Congressman Joe Walsh.   

Should Duckworth and Walsh face off in the general, it would pit Pelosi's favored candidate against current House Speaker John Boehner's candidate.

Boehner reportedly supports Walsh, and encouraged him to decide on running in the 8th district rather than change to the 14th and face fellow Republican Randy Hultgren. Reports said that Boehner has pledged some measure of financial support to Walsh.

Last week the Daily Herald said the Speaker promised Walsh $3.5 million, but Boehner's communication staff  told Ward Room that figure was never discussed.

Update:

The Raja Krishmanoorthi campaign emailed with this quote:

“While Duckworth may have support from Democratic Party elders in Washington, Raja has amassed the lion's share of support on the ground with local democratic organizations, unions, and community leaders. Today, Raja won the support of the powerful 14,000-strong IBEW Local 134, adding to his long list of local supporters, because Raja’s economic message resonates with voters, and they know he has the economic credibility to expose the Tea Party’s economic agenda as harmful to middle class prosperity.” – Mike Murray Campaign Spokesman

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