Musical chairs: Gibbs Bowen moves to Foster
Some more late-in-the-game musical chairs is taking place in suburban congressional races. Aviva Gibbs Bowen, district director for Congressman Mike Quigley, has gone on leave to join Naperville Democrat Bill Foster in the final stretch of his 11th District campaign against Republican Congresswoman Judy Biggert, of Hinsdale.
Bowen, you'll remember, served as spokeswoman for Democratic Candidate Dan Seals of Winnetka's campaign in the 10th Congressional District against now Congressman Bob Dold, of Kenilworth.
She tells us, ""It's a privilege to work for Rep. Quigley, but as we've seen this Congress, without strong allies like Bill Foster, it's like having a hand tied behind your back. There's a lot at stake, and we need Bill in Congress to stand up for middle class families and seniors."
Foster's race against Republican Biggert is expected to be tight in the new district, which stretches from Aurora in the west, runs east through DuPage County and dips south toward Joliet.
Her husband, Tom Bowen, was Foster's campaign manager in the 2008 cycle.
Foster performed strongly, however, in Sunday's ABC7 debate.