Jackson a no-show but endorses Hastings
BY CASEY TONER firstname.lastname@example.org March 19, 2012 2:34PM
Michael E. Hastings, left, a candidate for the 19th District State Senate, laughs with Congressman Bobby Rush, right, during an endorsement party at Victory Christian International Ministries in Markham, IL on Monday March 19, 2012. | Matt Marton~Sun-Times Media
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Updated: April 21, 2012 8:07AM
One day before the primary election, U.S. Reps. Bobby Rush (D-1st) and Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-2nd) announced their endorsement of Michael Hastings in his race against Gregory Hannon for the Democratic nomination for the 19th District state senate seat.
Jackson didn’t show up to the announcement event Monday at Victory Christian International Ministries, 2901 W. 159th St. in Markham.
Jackson’s office said the congressman still endorses Hastings but couldn’t make an appearance because of a scheduling snafu.
Asked about Jackson’s no-show, Hastings said, “That’s the million-dollar question. Everyone is busy, I understand that. It’s the day before the election and he’s in an contested race.”
Hastings said Jackson told him Saturday he would attend the endorsement event when they spoke at a union hall in Chicago. Hastings also said one of Jackson’s campaign workers confirmed his appearance Monday morning.
Despite Jackson’s absence, Hastings said he harbored no ill will and still supported Jackson.