Though currently occupied by the mostly lame duck Roland Burris, the U.S. Senate seat in Illinois left vacant by Barack Obama has a new wannabe tenant: Jacob Meister. He’s a ‘mo.
With Burris opting not to run for a full term, that leaves Democrats hoping to keep the Senate seat in their control. Which leaves Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, former city of Chicago inspector general David Hoffman, and Chicago Urban League leader Cheryle Jackson all facing off against Meister, a commercial litigation attorney.
Having made his campaign public in September, Meister is already running television ads — focusing on jobs, jobs, jobs. And he’s going to need all the media exposure he can nab; polling puts him in the back of Democratic challengers. And while he isn’t making his sexuality a huge part of his campaign (if elected, Meister would become the first openly gay U.S. senator), Meister says, “I think it’s actually a strength of my candidacy,” Meister said of his sexual orientation to the Edge. “I think it resonates with Illinois voters as they recognize that this is the civil rights issue of today. Illinois is a progressive state.”
Yeah, so good luck with that whole gay marriage thing.