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‘A lot of chutzpah’

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012 4:23 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012 4:26 p.m. CDT

So there are nine ILGOP county chairmen in the new 16th Congressional District that have endorsed the re-election of newbie Adam Kinzinger and want to just throw away an adult, very highly thought of and truly conservative Don Manzullo. Now that takes a lot of chutzpah.

Just when were these chairmen given the power to try and direct the thinking of the Republican electorate through the position of their office? How has it come to pass that these so called leaders of the Republican Party presume to steer an election in favor of whom they personally prefer with no regard to what other Republicans may want?

Was a vote taken among county Republicans or among the precinct committeemen? Were any others beside possibly some executive committee members in each county apprised of this endorsement? I venture the answer is a resounding “no.”

These charlatans are not Republican representatives in the least — they’re nothing more than self-absorbed individuals interested in foisting their personal preferences upon others. Kinzinger’s “town hall” meetings are typically held to a very limited time frame, and many times, audience questions can’t be asked because “time’s up.” His manager readily admits that while these “town hall” gatherings are open to the public, several times individuals have been refused admittance because they might have been an opponent’s staffer. So, it’s OK to deny a peaceful someone admittance to a public meeting and these “chairmen” endorse such behavior? End of the line for freedom with these folks.

When was the last time any of them regularly posted the time and place of their Republican meetings in the media? Have Republican voters been informed of the meetings; offered information about all the Republican candidates that affect their locale; offered any information by the county Republican Central Committee? Have these “chairmen” made arrangements for Republican candidates to be at public meetings, rallies or gatherings other than a Central Committee meeting? Have these “chairmen” ever considered that in their position they should remain neutral when one Republican is running against another? Again, just who are they to use the pedestal of their office to try and sway Republican voters to the candidate they prefer?

Wouldn’t it be nice if the county chairmen would simply let the voters make up their own minds without “guidance benefit” from someone in a position of trust but with an ulterior motive?

Voters — do a little research. Look up the voting records, conservative scores and decide for yourself if you prefer a newbie that in just his first year in office voted for $209 billion more in spending or the adult that voted against the spending. The point is: Don’t let others choose for you — make your choice based on facts and not on someone else’s opinion.

Art Havenhill

Seneca

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