Illinois Rep. Schakowsky Won’t Go After Burris’ Senate Seat

Posted June 8, 2009 at 10:10am
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Jan Schakowsky (Getty)

Illinois Democrat Jan Schakowsky said Monday that she will seek re-election to the House next year and not run for the Senate seat of Democrat Roland W. Burris .

Schakowsky, a liberal who is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, indicated in a statement that she was disinclined to expend the time and energy needed to do the “massive amounts of fundraising required by a serious Senate bid.”  

“I feel confident that I could raise the $10 million dollars needed for a primary race – and the $16 million plus needed for a general election campaign – but to do it I would have to become a telemarketer five to six hours each day,” Schakowsky said.