16th Cong. District -- Social worker Wanda Rohl of Ottawa is a late entry in the 16th District Congressional race. But she doesn't think she's too late to deserve the respect of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. There's an online petition to get the DCCC to acknowledge her campaign against Channahon Republican Adam Kinzinger and back her financially.
Rohl entered the race after a primary in which Democrats had no candidate. The DCCC didn't count the district in its "Drive for 25" effort to win 25 Congressional seats this year to thereby regain control of the House. Some Democrats privately said the district is so strongly Republican the DCCC wouldn't put precious resources into trying to win it.
The situation is much like what then Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson faced when Kinzinger challenged her in 2010. Published reports two years ago said the DCCC refused to put money into Halvorson's campaign because of Kinzinger's strong lead. That was before redistricting. Halvorson succeeded seven-term Republican Jerry Weller after he retired from his seat in the current 11th District. A petition at Change.org says, "Wanda Rohl, a candidate directly selected by a caucus of Democratic 16th Congressional district citizens, is being completely ignored by the DCCC. To date, the DCCC has neither supported nor acknowledged Wanda Rohl in her bid to unseat the Tea Party favorite, Adam Kinzinger, in the 16th District of Illinois race." The petition is listed as being started by John Galbo of Rockford.