by Diane Benjamin
Adam Kinzinger had to decide what district to run in after Democratic redistricting. He should have been paired against Jesse Jackson Jr, but he took the easy route and challenged a fellow Republican in the March primary. EVERY conservative group in the state supported Don Manzullo because of Kinzinger’s less than conservative voting record. Kinzinger would have lost if a PAC in Texas hadn’t handed him $222,000 to mail glossy misleading campaign materials just in time for the vote. Eric Cantor also assisted since Kinzinger is supposedly one of the rising GOP stars. Manzullo was leading the race prior to the outside interference. (http://atr.rollcall.com/illinois-super-pac-spent-big-for-kinzinger-in-home-stretch/)
Meanwhile, Jesse Jackson Jr hasn’t been seen since June and may be returning to the Mayo Clinic. http://heraldnews.suntimes.com/news/15833915-418/source-says-jackson-may-return-to-mayo-clinic.html Kinzinger couldn’t have known Jackson’s condition, but he was too afraid to take his message directly to the people of Chicago. Staying a US Congressman was more important.
Contrast Kinzinger with Joe Walsh who is battling the Obama crony, Tammy Duckworth. Joe could have run against another Republican and easily won, but he choose to fight in a district specifically drawn for Duckworth. Joe goes straight to the people with non-stop town halls and straight talk on the issues. A poll last week showed Joe leading even though he is up against Obama, Emanuel, Durbin and the Chicago press.
No wonder there is virtually no GOP in Chicago. Except for Joe Walsh, the rest are too chicken to take on the machine. Chicago can not be taken away from the Democrats when representatives like Kinzinger won’t even try. Election after election virtual unknowns run against socialists like Jackson and Schakowsky with no assistance from the Illinois GOP. Yes, Pat Brady, a loss is guaranteed when a real race isn’t run.
Chicago deserves better and so do conservatives around the state.
Founding Father Quote:
“Now more than ever the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave, and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature. . . . If the next centennial does not find us a great nation . . . it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces.”