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  Callahan says she's not seeking political career
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ContributorThomas Walker 
Last EditedThomas Walker  Oct 27, 2008 09:11am
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MediaNewspaper - State Journal-Register: Springfield, IL
News DateMonday, October 27, 2008 03:10:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionPEORIA — When Democrat Colleen Callahan decided to seek the congressional seat being vacated by Ray LaHood, the political newcomer realized she would be viewed as the underdog against two-term Republican state lawmaker Aaron Schock.

“It’s an uphill battle. We knew that the day we started,” she said.

But underdogs sometimes pull off surprising victories, Callahan said, invoking a football reference.

“I know who was supposed to win the Super Bowl this year. And I know who did win the Super Bowl this year,” she said.

That game pitted the heavily favored and undefeated New England Patriots against the New York Giants, who won.

Callahan, a longtime farm broadcaster in the Peoria area, was a late entrant to the 18th Congressional District race. In March, Democratic officials from the counties in the district tapped Callahan to run after their previous choice, Dick Versace, quit the campaign.

Callahan said she has no desire to become a professional politician, but hopes “to use the political process to become a public servant.”
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