University of Illinois physics professor George Gollin says Congress has become a team of lawyers, that disputes facts, and that's why he's running for office. The Democrat from Champaign yesterday launched his campaign for Illinois' 13th Congressional District. Gollin says Congress needs to return to a time when party differences were set aside, and that's why he's challenging retired judge Ann Callis in the March 2014 primary. A first-time candidate, Gollin says he can't be concerned that the Democratic National Campaign Committee appears to be backing his opponent:
"The first time that Rush Holt, who's the older of the two physics PhD's in Congress won an election for Congress he wasn't the D-triple C's candidate either. His advice was - just don't worry about D-triple-C. Run a good race, learn how to be a candidate."
Gollin says dismisses Callis' fundraising totals of nearly 300-thousand dollars, saying he's spreading the word among educators. The 60-year old Gollin has taught at the U of I for 24 years, and says he wants to focus on jobs issues, clean energy, and care for the elderly. 13th District incumbent Congressman Rodney Davis faces Urbana attorney Erika Harold in the Republican primary.
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