Kelly, a former state lawmaker from Matteson, previously got the backing of U.S. Reps. Bobby Rush and Danny Davis in seeking the seat among 16 Democrats who are on the special primary ballot Feb. 26 in the 2nd District.
“It’s hard to say that gun violence prevention isn’t a top priority in our country and certainly for the president, who is fully engaged in this issue,” Schakowsky, a North Shore congresswoman, told reporters in a conference call. “Robin Kelly is a leader on this issue. We need her in Congress.”
Kelly has been campaigning heavily on the issue of gun control. She echoed hometown President Barack Obama’s State of the Union message the day before that victims of gun violence “deserve a vote” on his call to ban military-style assault weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines, as well as requiring universal background checks for gun sales.