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  Tammy Duckworth submits resignation from VA. Exclusive. House run next?
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Last EditedRP  Jun 14, 2011 08:02am
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AuthorLynn Sweet
News DateMonday, June 13, 2011 09:40:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionVeterans Affairs Assistant Secretary Tammy Duckworth submitted her resignation, the VA confirmed for me on Monday. One of her options will be to return to the Chicago suburbs to run for a House seat from the new 8th Congressional District and I bet she does.

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki told the Chicago Sun-Times in a statement, "Assistant Secretary Duckworth has submitted her resignation. She has served the Department of Veterans Affairs with distinction. Her unwavering dedication to Veterans and their families has strengthened VA's ability to perform our mission--providing Veterans the healthcare and benefits they have earned.

Her Hoffman Estates home is in the proposed new 8th Congressional District, anchored in the northwest suburbs--and designed by Illinois Democrats in the remap they drew to have a Democratic tilt.

The new 8th contains large tracts of territory from the present 6th district where Duckworth beat Roskam in 2006 and other turf that could yield Democrat votes.

When Duckworth ran in 2006, her candidacy was encouraged and supported by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), then Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and then Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.), now Chicago's mayor, who at the time was running the House political operation.
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