Robin Kelly faces questions as 2nd District primary approaches

February 21, 2013 5:39:23 AM PST
On Tuesday, District 2 voters will go to the polls to choose a replacement for disgraced former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.

Wednesday night, a candidate considered to be one of the top Democrats in the primary addressed questions that threaten to derail her political future.

Questions swirled Wednesday night about candidate Robin Kelly and whether she misreported hours she worked while Chief of Staff for Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias in 2010.

"I'm an ethical person. I'm a woman of character. I did nothing wrong," Kelly said.

At the time of the allegations, Kelly worked for Giannoulias and was also campaigning to fill the treasurer's position.

Kelly confirms that the treasurer's inspector general issued a report and recommended that she be disciplined, but adds the IG's report was not true.

"I'm not perfect," she said. "I'm not going to tell you I didn't make a mistake, but I did not do anything wrong. I turned in my time sheets. I docked my pay. I did everything I was supposed to do. That's why nothing was founded by anyone who counts."

Wednesday night, Kelly and eight other candidates answered questions about immigration, the economy, and violence during a candidates forum. Beforehand, some addressed Kelly's IG investigation.

"People just want to know that the person they elect has not a hint of scandal in their background," said Democratic candidate Debbie Halvorson.

"I think she needs to answer for her own actions and the allegations that are plaguing her campaign right now," Democratic candidate Anthony Beale said.

All this comes in the shadow of Jesse Jackson Jr.'s court appearance. Given the district's history of fallen politicians, the GOP candidates addressed the Jackson scandal during a segment on WTTW.

"I look at as one thing," said Republican candidate Paul McKinley. "I look at as it is the system. The machine produced him, it nurtured him, it manufactured him."