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Paul McKinley Gives Walking Tour of #IL02 Devastation

Paul McKinley Gives Walking Tour of #IL02 Devastation

Republican Paul McKinley, candidate to replace Jesse Jackson, Jr., for Congress in the upcoming April 9 special election (IL-02), has just released a new ad that illustrates in sobering detail the destruction wrought by the Chicago Democratic Machine.

The video lays bare what the people face in this district, boarded up store fronts, abandoned homes, farms claimed by eminent domain for a non-existent development: devastation that should shock all of us to see in America, let alone Obama’s adopted city. As he says in the video, this is the Democratic Machine’s legacy–60 years of control of the district:

He says in the video, “the only way that we can break this Machine is the people have got to stick together for freedom…you need to do it because you want to be free, and you want to be free of this system….I have been fighting the Jacksons for years. We’re not in a compromising state of politics these days. Right now you need people who are going to stand up for what they believe in.”

McKinley has called for the Chicago Tribune to sponsor a public debate between himself and Democrat Robin Kelly, who has been virtually absent from the campaign trail since her Bloomberg-purchased primary win in February. So far, neither the Chicago Tribune nor Kelly have acknowledged the request for a debate.


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9thDistrictNeighbor | March 26, 2013 at 1:52 pm

This is awesome. The images, the music, his sincerity and honesty. I am so tired of people standing on the sidelines and whining. This man has stuck his neck out. Don’t tell me this is impossible. In November, Tim Wolfe, the sacrificial opponent against Jan Schakowsky ran zero campaign with less money than McKinley may have and Wolfe got 40 percent. McKinley is giving it everything he can. As Jesse would say, “Keep hope alive!”

legalizehazing | March 26, 2013 at 1:54 pm

On twitter @McKinley4the2nd:
Robin Kelly: I challenge you to a debate via @chicagotribune Voters deserve a thorough examination of issues facing #IL02 @Trib_ed_board

Got in a little twitter activism myself:
I would love to see a #IL02 @McKinley4the2nd @Robin42C debate via @chicagotribune @Trib_ed_board #seriousgovernance

It would never ever happen

Excellent ad. I’d love to see a debate between the two candidates, but I’ll bet that Kelly will lay low and pull a JJJr and not say, spend or appear. She only needs to keep quiet for a couple more weeks and the Machine Media will do its part by providing cover.

Illustrating Chicago’s Murders, Homicides, Violence and Idiocy at

    Rosalie in reply to W.H.Thompson. | March 26, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    “She only needs to keep quiet for a couple more weeks and the Machine Media will do its part by providing cover.”

    And votes, no doubt.

What personal courage that must take to face off against the evil The Machine represents. The fact that Chicago politicians desperately want so “save” this seat even though the area looks more like Detroit than Chicago, speaks volumes as to the rampant corruption the representation of District 02 contributes overall to The Mob – excuse me, The Machine.

Hell of a man is Paul McKinley. Just a damn shame, that this vile “machine” will elect ‘Robin Chicago’.

Whether true story or not, what this “machine” needs, is a clone of Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow to pay them a visit.

Henry Hawkins | March 26, 2013 at 3:38 pm

Depersonalizing his opponent and the political power structure for which she works is messaging genius: The Machine. He offers voters the opportunity to vote for a living breathing man clearly working from outside the powers that be and to take a stand against not Robin Kelly, per se, but The Machine for which she is a puppet. Supposedly, you can’t ‘hit’ a girl goes the conventional wisdom on poilitical races, but McKinley doesn’t have to – he can simply hit The Machine. He doesn’t even have to mention her name.

This is quality stuff, a messaging style the GOP needs to take up nationally in all the other blighted urban areas. It would strike directly at the core of the Democrat Machine franchises: American cities.

stevewhitemd | March 26, 2013 at 4:40 pm

It’s a good ad for the readers of LI. I like it.

But I don’t vote in IL-02.

What do the voters there think? Have they seen this ad? It’s certainly not on TV. Are the voters of IL-02 on the web and looking at this race? A few. Maybe.

I like Mr. McKinley. But he’s not caught fire in IL-02. The Machine is working very hard to depress the turnout, enthusiasm, news and commentary. Come April 9th I’d be surprised if voter turnout was above 15%.

I don’t know how he catches fire in less than two weeks. I’d like to see him win just to send the Machine a message. Henry Hawkins is right: hit the Machine, hit the corruption, leave Kelly out of it. It’s a good ad.

But he needs to catch fire.

    9thDistrictNeighbor in reply to stevewhitemd. | March 26, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    I don’t know what ad rates are on WGN or CLTV, or even BET. Radio is a possibility too…I would hope Kankakee rates would be lower than Chicago.

    herm2416 in reply to stevewhitemd. | March 26, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Haven’t seen it on TV yet. Where is all the private funding for him…the super-pacs?

Henry Hawkins | March 26, 2013 at 5:45 pm

It’s too bad there isn’t a national political party of some sort, one that at least leans conservative, that could have helped this good man out.

    9thDistrictNeighbor in reply to Henry Hawkins. | March 26, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    You know what, I am that conservative that will help this good man out. I just made a contribution. Here is the text currently on his website:

    “Help us get the message out. If you could contribute only $10, it would help me reach hundreds. And if you could give $100, $250, or even $500 or $1,000, it would put me a step closer to hitting the airwaves to fight the Machine.”

    Pennies helped build the base for Lady Liberty.

The media are such ideological whores. We need to control these whores by purchasing their brothels and demanding constant health checks lest the whores infect us all with their propaganda. The Tribune doesn’t want the Machine candidate to lose, so they won’t call for a debate.