Londrigan eyes rematch with Davis

Springfield Democrat Betsy Dirksen Londrigan wants a rematch against local Congressman Rodney Davis. (Dave Dahl/WJBC)


By Dave Dahl

SPRINGFIELD – Launching her 2020 campaign for Congress, Betsy Dirksen Londrigan channeled her inner Larry the Cable Guy.

“Let’s git-r-done,” she shouted to the applause of a roomful of supporters at the AFL-CIO hall in Springfield.

Londrigan lost a close race to incumbent U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) in 2018 and is again making health care a major focus of her campaign.

“Republicans, Democrats, independents, all over the 13th District I hear from people who want the protections of the (Affordable Care Act) and do not want it overturned,” Londrigan – a Springfield Democrat – told reporters after her speech. “At some point, people like Congressman Davis have got to start listening to constituents.”

Londrigan sidestepped questions about the Green New Deal and so-called “Democratic socialists,” calling herself a “Midwestern Democrat” who is looking forward to campaigning with U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Moline), another Springfield native.

Dave Dahl can be reached at news@wjbc.com


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