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IL Lawyer Hoping to Become 1st Out Gay US Senator

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An openly gay Chicago lawyer has announced his candidacy for the US Senate seat currently held by Roland Burris – and formerly held by President Obama. It’s also the seat that former Governor Rod Blagojevich allegedly attempted to “sell.” Jacob Meister says that’s why he wants that seat.

Meister says a lot of people who would have been great candidates have decided NOT to seek the seat, because of the Blagojevich scandal. As a result, Meister says only one of the announced candidates has ever held elected office, and that candidate is a 32 year-old in his first term as state treasurer.

He says despite the baggage – the seat also comes with a long and storied history, which he hopes to add to.

Meister: “I think it’s a seat of firsts. I mean, it’s the seat that was held by Carol Mosely Braun, who as you know was the first black female, it was held by Barack Obama who moved on to become the President, and I think it’s a seat that is right for the first openly gay Senator.”

Meister says he thinks his sexual orientation will be an asset in the campaign – rather than something to overcome.

Meister: “In a four-way race, the LGBT community in Illinois becomes a very potent constituency, that can really shape the race. And the numbers and statistics prove it.”

Meister says he hopes the national LGBT community will support his campaign the way they did his predecessor, Barack Obama.


Written by OutQ News staff

September 18, 2009 at 9:20 AM

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. I’ve know Jacob Meister for over twenty years and watched as he quietly fought for people who don’t have a voice — victims of civil rights, workers rights, and outdated policies that injure the people they’re supposed to help.

    Until now, frustrated with a system that puts career politics and money ahead of the issues, he has never sought to be a public figure. Knowing his true conviction and depth of intelligence, I hope others add their voice and support. His heart and mind have always been in the right place, characteristics too often missing in government.

    It’s time to bring someone from outside the political mill who isn’t afraid to roll up his sleeves and fight for the issues that truly impact our lives.

    Lowell Jaffe

    September 19, 2009 at 3:53 PM

  2. Meister is an asset to the community in Illinois and above all is a mensch. He’s a progressive and has always supported the local community. Unlike his opponents, he isn’t haunted by political skeletons and he has an impeccible pedigree as a professional, hard-working attorney. After everything that has happened in our state, Illinois needs a dark horse candidate right now — one neither affiliated with Daley’s people, nor with the downstaters.

    In this election, gay or straight, Meister’s the one.

    P. Fine

    September 20, 2009 at 7:23 PM

    • Lowell/P.Fine it is not necessary to use a pseudonym. Didn’t you post a verbatim comment on merchantcircle under a different name?


      September 26, 2009 at 11:16 PM

  3. Hi Lowell,
    Nice to know my campaign manager supports me.


    September 26, 2009 at 11:13 PM

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    Mittie Duong

    February 6, 2010 at 9:46 AM

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