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  Conservative Lipinski Draws Well-Funded Primary Challenger
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Last EditedRP  Apr 21, 2011 12:04pm
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AuthorRobert Dietz
News DateWednesday, April 20, 2011 08:10:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionU.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (3rd District) was one of just 34 Democrats in the House to oppose President Obama's sweeping health care reform, and one local, well-funded candidate is betting that's enough to cost him his seat in Congress. John Atkinson, an executive at Willis Group and an outspoken health care activist, is raising eyebrows with a hefty fundraising haul, and the moves of someone who will take on the heir of a Southwest Side political dynasty.

Recent campaign finance filings show that Atkinson has raised $530,000 in the first quarter of the year ($270,000 of which was donated by Atkinson), more than four times that of Lipinski.

And it's not just funding that is impressing political insiders. Atkinson already has a solid team of experienced consultants behind him. He has reportedly hired Michael Rendina, the campaign manager for Alexi Giannoulias' Senate bid, to run his campaign, and lined up experienced pollster Jill Normington, and is in talks with mail guru Peter Giangreco.
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