Saturday, January 07, 2012

Indian-origin Raja Krishnamoorthi asks desi community to be active

via a cached link on The Economic Times,
CHICAGO: Raja Krishnamoorthi, a Democratic candidate of Indian-origin for Illinois' newly created district, has appealed to the South Asian community to wake up and realise their potential as a strong force in US politics.

Raja (38), onetime advisor to President Barack Obama, said , "The Desi community needs to wake up and realise that we are a strong political force."

"South Asians are a rapidly growing demographic and there are already more that 3 million South Asians in the US. If we don't vote, then elected officials will never listen to our concerns or take our issues seriously," Krishnamoorthi said at a local temple here.

This is Krishnamoorthi's first run for Congress, though he did previously run for State Comptroller in 2010, losing the primary election by only 1 per cent of the vote.

He is hopeful to win primary slated for March 20. Krishnamoorthi said he has raised more than USD 1,000,000 for his Congressional run.

"I think we have a very good chance of winning. We have hard work to do. we have roughly seven months before elections. We need to raise money, educate voters and win endorsements," Krishanmoorthi told PTI.

If Krishnamoorthi wins in the March 20 primary he will face Republican senator Joe Walsh, a white Christian Tea party supporter.

Asked if Walsh's religion or colour would help him, Krishanmoorthi said, "We are moving past the time when candidates were discriminated for colour, religion. I have to work very hard to educate people. I am meeting voters on train stations and answering and educating them."
Also, Duckworth gets close to the one million mark.

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