Park Ridge residents proud of Hillary

Former first lady hails from suburban Chicago
January 9, 2008 2:10:07 PM PST
Park Ridge is the hometown of the former first lady. Wednesday morning, residents in that suburb were full of pride for the hometown politician.

When Barack Obama won the Iowa caucuses last Thursday, many Hyde Park residents expressed the pride and fierce loyalty that exists for Obama in his neighborhood. Wednesday it was Hillary Clinton's turn. That same loyalty exists in suburban Park Ridge, especially among women voters.

"I thought, you know, she is really remarkable. She is very, very bright. She's going to infiltrate the boys club and I love it," said Bev Fugiel, Clinton supporter.

Hillary Clinton supporters are beaming after Tuesday night's big primary win. Many Obama supporters thought a win in New Hampshire was going to be a piece of cake. The senator from Chicago had a double digit lead going into the primary. But the senator from Park Ridge proved the pollsters wrong, much to the delight of those from her old neighborhood.

"I was kind of crushed when she lost in Iowa, but I'm happy that she won," said Elizabeth Lalik, Clinton supporter.

"I'm very glad, I'm very glad she won, I think she's the best person for the job," said Cathy Alaniz, Clinton supporter.

Many Park Ridge voters ABC7 spoke with Wednesday morning had good things to say about Barack Obama but are choosing to support their hometown candidate.

"I do like Barack Obama, but I think he's only been a US senator a few years, and I don't think he has enough experience yet," said Terri Sonnicksen, Clinton supporter.

Many Park Ridge voters like both candidates and say they need more time to make a decision.

"It's really hard being from here. Hillary is from here. I went to her high school and everything. It's really tough at this point. It's between Clinton and Obama," said Brittney Hennigan, undecided voter.

"I like Hillary. I went to school with Hillary. She won't remember me but I was friends of the family. And I love Barack Obama. I would love either of those two candidates," said Luz Bustamente, undecided voter.

Voters say they are expecting a very close race. Even on Hillary Clinton's home turf, there are a lot of undecided voters.