Former judge Abner Mikva endorses David Hoffman for US Senate in Illinois

Former Chicago inspector general David Hoffman picked up the endorsement of a venerable former judge and unveiled a transparency platform Tuesday in his bid for President Obama’s former Senate seat.

Retired federal judge, Congressman and Clinton White House counsel Abner Mikva announced his support for Hoffman in the Democratic U.S. Senate primary over rival candidates Alexi Giannoulias, the Illinois Treasurer, Cheryle Robinson Jackson, recently president of the Chicago Urban League, and attorney Jacob Meister.

“It isn’t easy to get an 83-year-old excited about a campaign,” Mikva said in a video released by the Hoffman campaign. “But David Hoffman represents exactly what we want in government and public life. He brings the enthusiasm, the vigor, the cleanliness and spotless record that we need.”

The underdog U.S. Senate candidacy of David Hoffman got a boost Tuesday from former White House Counsel Abner Mikva.

The former federal appellate judge said Hoffman’s reformer credentials make him the most electable Democrat against Republican front-runner Mark Kirk in the general election.

Noting that Kirk holds the congressional seat Mikva once held, Mikva said. “I think he's going to be a tough opponent. I think it’s going to be hard for the Democrats to hold that [Senate] seat. I have no question that David will be the very best candidate to hold on to that seat. It’s an important seat politically. It’s the seat that Barack Obama held. And I very much want it to stay in Democratic hands.”