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It’s official: McKinley GOP nominee to face gun-banner Robin Kelly

It’s official: McKinley GOP nominee to face gun-banner Robin Kelly

Paul McKinley, who had been the presumed winner in the Illinois special election to replace Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr., has been confirmed as the GOP nominee by the state board of elections. There had been a few outstanding provisional ballots that precluded the runner-up, Republican Eric Wallace, from conceding until Friday.

McKinley faces Democrat Robin Kelly, who has received an “F” from the NRA and has said “I’m all for banning guns, I would be a leader in that”:

Kelly has been remarkably quiet since her primary win, purchased for her by Daily Kos (which raised over $135,000 for Kelly) and Michael Bloomberg (whose SuperPAC spent more than $2M in ad buys attacking her opponents).

Kelly is a career Chicago Machine candidate, someone whose campaign is financed by outside groups but run by people with close ties to Rahm Emanuel.  Kelly has the Chicago media on her side.

Bloomberg and Kos would like to see the election center on guns rather than the devastation Democrats have brought to the district.  And on that issue the candidates could not be more far apart.  Kelly would join with Emanuel and Bloomberg in banning guns while McKinley is pro-2nd Amendment, supports concealed carry, and does not think we need more gun laws.

Meanwhile, Illinois GOP is invisible in the race to replace Jesse Jackson Jr.:

The party is acting as if McKinley did not exist. In reality, the Illinois GOP  is acting as if there were no special election. That could only mean they  are rooting for the Chicago Machine candidate, Robin Kelly to win. Illinois  Republican party leaders are being true to form.

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So, I guess that we can assume that Bloomberg is a pro-machine supporter in addition to being a nanny.

I wonder who’s gonna be hand picked to replace him in NYC?

Utterly useless..

So the daunting GOP machine is lying low. That should give McKinley a real chance to win.

“Kelly has the Chicago media on her side.”

Pat Caddell was correct: the MSM is now the de facto enemy of the American people, invariably siding with corrupt power over reform and reformist individuals.

Anne, thank you for doing an excellent job! I can’t vote in that district, but at least I can continue to spread the word to my friends and family that can…!

1. Relevant, if accurate:

The likely Republican nominee for the 2nd Congressional District special general election has been convicted of burglarizing a store, pistol-whipping a man for his watch and robbing a woman of $60 at gunpoint.


…the 54-year-old South Side man repeatedly had declined to discuss the nature of the crimes for which he was imprisoned for most of the 1980s and 1990s.


On Monday…McKinley accused a reporter of being “a racist” for asking about the crimes.

“Those white folks told you to dig as deep as you could,” said McKinley, who is black. “They’re trying to say I’m a second-class citizen. I’m not a second-class citizen. You can’t hurt me. Put it all out there.”

(LI has acknowledged McKinley’s offenses.)

2. Being an imperfect human being, I endorse attempts to make amends for past misdeeds. But is running for Congress the way to go about it?

3. As has been said, The enemy of my enemy is my enemy’s enemy. No more. No less.

    raven in reply to gs. | March 9, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    “But is running for Congress the way to go about it?”

    Why not. The Chicago delegation to Congress is packed with covert criminals who’ve done nothing but criminally inflict damage and injury on their districts and city. Why not a reformed criminal who’s a penitent reformer?

    “The best gamekeepers were once poachers.”

The Chicago Machine has always taken good care of its helpers.The Machine controls all the local government jobs and they make sure that Precinct Captains and 2 or 3 of their helpers get good paying jobs.
They control so many jobs, surly they have enough to reward the emasculated people who lead the Rino Chicago GOP.

The Chicago Democrat Machine has had an incestuous relationship with organized crime for years and years. My uncle married a gal whose family was deeply involved in both organizations. She had five brothers, three of which were police sub-chiefs, but all five were in the Mafia. My uncle went to work for them and simultaneously managed 3 different Mafia B-Girl joints (strip clubs offering sex) in the Loop area, (with the Machine’s blessing).
Now the Slimes want to tell you that McKinley is too dirty because of 20 year old crimes? This is laughable!

see the election center on guns rather than the devastation Democrats have brought to the district

You couldn’t be more correct. Guns are a very convient and useful distraction for Kelly. This district is comprised of some the poorest communities in the country. There are square miles of literal wastelands in these areas. I know this personally because many years ago I had the joy of surveying a pipeline through these neighborhoods. Needless to say, we surveyed as quickly and discretely as one could. Makes for good campfire stories though.

Illustrating Chicagoland Idiocy, Mayhem and Stupidity at

Subotai Bahadur | March 9, 2013 at 1:02 pm

I wrote about the California Republican Chairman donating to the Democrats above. All I can say for the CCC in Illinois is “ditto”.

Subotai Bahadur

Juba Doobai! | March 9, 2013 at 8:06 pm

The IL GOP are doing McKinley a favor.