andrea zopp

Duckworth Challenger Dividing Local and National Democrats

Zopp is a former head of the National Urban League and has served on the boards of Chicago-based corporations. (Meredith Dake-O'Connor/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

On paper, Andrea Zopp seems to have quite a story to tell in her campaign for the Democratic nomination to take on Republican Sen. Mark S. Kirk next fall in Illinois.  

After leading Chicago’s Urban League for five years following a career serving on boards for some of the city's largest corporations, Zopp launched her campaign in May at the urging of former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley and with the support  of Rev. Jesse Jackson. But she has bucked her party’s national establishment, which — from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee to EMILY’s List — has mostly lined up behind Illinois Rep. Tammy Duckworth. “I never had the chance to make my case,” Zopp said during an interview in D.C. last month, where she held meetings with potential campaign supporters and Washington-based reporters.