Bernard Schoenburg: Londrigan endorsed by Giffords organization

The gun safety organization founded by former U.S. Rep. GABRIELLE GIFFORDS and her husband, MARK KELLY, has endorsed Democrat Betsy Dirksen Londrigan of Springfield in the 13th Congressional District.

Giffords, a Democrat who represented an Arizona district, survived being shot in the head in a 2012 assassination attempt.

The organization says Londrigan “will place the needs of her constituents before the gun lobby. …”

Londrigan is running against U.S. Rep. RODNEY DAVIS, R-Taylorville, who in 2017 was among the House GOP members fired upon by a gunman at a baseball practice in Alexandria. Davis was uninjured, but House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was critically wounded. The gunman was killed by Capitol Police and Alexandria police officers.

“Congressman Davis is alive today because two people had the ability to fire back the day he was shot at, so he will always vote to protect the Second Amendment, but he has also taken action to prevent people who a danger to themselves or others from legally getting a gun,” said spokeswoman ASHLEY PHELPS.



A couple of big political events are coming up in Springfield.

On Saturday, the Sangamon County Young Democrats are hosting the Obama-Simon Breakfast at the Bank of Springfield Center.

Doors open at 8 a.m. for the $20-per-person event, and the program will begin at 9 a.m. It will be in a lower level meeting room at the convention center.

Speakers include state Rep. CHRISTIAN MITCHELL of Chicago, who is interim executive director of the Democratic Party of Illinois; state Sen. ANDY MANAR of Bunker Hill, and Springfield Mayor JIM LANGFELDER.

According to CRAIG COLBROOK, president of the Young Democrats, the group will also present its GENE CALLAHAN Democrat of the Year award. The recipient this year is COMPTROLLER SUSANA MENDOZA, who isn’t able to be there but will send a video message, Colbrook said.

People are encouraged to RSVP. Tickets can be purchased online at RSVPs can also be sent via email to, followed by payment at the door.

Following the breakfast, those who want to volunteer to canvass for candidates can pick up a packet and go door to door, Colbrook said.

The Young Democrats named their pre-election event last year for late Sen. PAUL SIMON and former President BARACK OBAMA, so Saturday’s event is billed as the second annual breakfast by that name.

A week later, on Oct. 6, there will be the Sangamon County Republican Women’s 10th Annual Luncheon hosted by that group and ROSEMARIE LONG, who chairs the county GOP. The event is at Illini Country Club, and begins with a social time at 11:30 a.m. Basic tickets are $35 per person, and RSVPs are requested.

Speakers will include GOP attorney general candidate ERIKA HAROLD; comptroller candidate DARLENE SENGER; and state Rep. TIM BUTLER, R-Springfield. The luncheon chair is MARY FRANCES SQUIRES.

Men as well as women are invited to the luncheon, and past lunch proceeds have gone to causes including renovation of the Governor’s Mansion, scholarships for Republican women and donation of books to grade schools.

Checks and early reservations can be sent to Sangamon County Republican Women, in care of the group’s treasurer, JULIE TARTER, 3408 Embassy Dr., Springfield 62711. Tarter can also be reached via email at, or at Sangamon County GOP headquarters, where she is office manager, at 528-6267.



Congratulations to state Sen. KWAME RAOUL on his engagement to Dr. LISA MOORE, an anesthesiologist at Presence St. Joseph Hospital-Chicago.

Raoul, the Democratic candidate for attorney general, popped the question while speaking at St. John AME Church in Aurora last weekend. They have been dating for about three years, and each has two children from previous marriages.

No wedding date has been set, a Raoul spokeswoman said.

Contact Bernard Schoenburg:, 788-1540,

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via Bernard Schoenburg, SJ-R political columnist – The State Journal-Register

September 26, 2018 at 08:13PM

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