Mike Niecestro plans to file next week to run as an independent for the Senate in Illinois, another example of a political novice using his personal fortune to take a shot at shaking up a hotly contested campaign.
Niecestro, 51, a mortgage banker and political newcomer, says he’ll run as an independent for President Obama’s old U.S. Senate seat — and spend $1 million of his own money to do it. He said he will file to run Monday, and expects to turn in almost twice as many signatures as the required 25,000.
The two major-party candidates in the race for Obama’s former Senate seat, Alexi Giannoulias and Mark Kirk, have both had much of the air let out from their sails lately because of scandal and biographical “falsehoods.”
Niecestro, who has pledged not to accept PAC or corporate contributions of any kind or personal donations of more than $500, could truly shake up this race if his candidacy gains any traction.