Cegelis opposed the war before it started. She supports single-payer health care and a strong transition to renewable energy.There is more here
She's pro-choice, and anti-CAFTA. And she has a strong grassroots following in her district. In short, Christine Cegelis is exactly the kind of candidate that the Democratic Party needs.
On top of that, in 2004 Christine took on the thankless task of running against arch-conservative Henry Hyde (R-IL). You remember Henry Hyde—the man whose name is on key right-to-life, the man who led the impeachment fight against Bill Clinton, the man who now chairs the International Relations Committee in the House and routinely buries antiwar Democrats' attempts to investigate the lies that took us into the Iraq War that then took Casey.
Surprisingly, Christine racked up 44% against Hyde, despite being outspent by 4-1. She immediately announced that she would run again, and faced with her continuing strong grassroots opposition, Hyde decided to retire.
What was her reward for this service? Not an infusion of money to help her win an open seat against a former Tom DeLay aide—No! Instead, DCCC head Rahm Emanuel went out and found a candidate to run against her, a woman who did not even live in the district.
UPDATE: Some folks question the very existence of a Chicago Democratic machine. As I've said, I'm just a 6th District Dem so I don't know about the mechinations in Chicago.
But Michael Sneed of your Sun-Times may:
It's no secret in Dem circles that a David Axelrod alliance with Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) is a powerful tool for getting Dems elected.That might not be a political machine, but you can see how some folks might mistake it for one.
*Why? Dave & Rahm are this/close to Mayor Daley, and this/close to former Democratic National Committee chief David "Bigbucks" Wilhelm. They are also this/close to Cook County Commissioner Forrest Claypool, who is running against Board of Commissioners President John Stroger in the Dem primary.