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Paul McKinley launches “Walking Tour of the Machine Destruction” in #IL02

Paul McKinley launches “Walking Tour of the Machine Destruction” in #IL02

He’s up against the Chicago Machine, Bloomberg’s SuperPAC and Daily Kos fundraisers

Robin Kelly, who spent her career as a Democratic Party loyalist, is the odds-on favorite to win the 2nd congressional district race on April 9 against Republican nominee Paul McKinley.

Kelly has the Chicago political machine, Michael Bloomberg’s SuperPAC, the Daily Kos fundraising operation, and the Chicago media behind her.

Daily Kos for Robin Kelly

Paul McKinley pretty much has himself, his story of street repentance, and a willingness to speak out against the most powerful political forces.

McKinley Injustice

It’s not just one man versus the machine, it’s one man versus several machines.

But McKinley’s undeterred.  He is launching a Walking Tour of the Machine Destruction:

McKinley told Breitbart News:

I am going to walk through all of the neighborhoods. This is a campaign about including everybody that shares our pro-life family values, getting The Machine and the government off our backs, shutting down the assault on our Second Amendment and all of our other constitutional rights, and ending the destruction that The Machine has brought down on our community, from the inner-city to farmland.

I want to give people a chance to get to know me, and I want to get to know them. I want to hear from the voters, what issues concern them the most. Many have already got on board, but we have a long way to go. Everyone in my community and across the district has one thing in common, and that is The Machine is not working for them, and it is time to stop going along and end this corruption.

Anne is going to follow McKinley on his tour and take video, which we will post.

Here at Legal Insurrection, we’ll do whatever we can to help.  We have no illusions about what it means to go against the most powerful monied interests in a Chicago-area district, but it’s worth the fight.  We can’t just let Bloomberg and Daily Kos buy the election on the cheap.

They attack McKinley relentlessly on his past criminal record while they embraced and defended criminal Jesse Jackson Jr. until the very end.

McKinley’s story of repentance is the reason they are afraid of McKinley and would have preferred your typical loser Chicago-area Republican to run against.

Expect the powerful forces which have left Chicago and the State of Illinois in financial trouble to protect their interests with everything they have.

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My prayers are with him. Hopefully, the citizens of his district will show up and learn what he’s trying to tell them. The system isn’t working for them. It’s keeping them in place to “Grease the wheels of the machine”.

Juba Doobai! | March 2, 2013 at 12:10 pm

They were willing to go with Mel Reynolds who was banging schoolgirls and did time for it.

There hasn’t been a ton of talk here locally about Mr. McKinley other than the Machine-fed Media line about him being an ex-felon (as opposed to a current or future felon in training). There are 420K registered voters in this district, yet only 31K voted for Kelly (~7%). Worse, only 955 (0.2%) voted for Mr. McKinley. Obviously the numbers don’t look good and are clearly not in Mr. McKinley’s favor, but I sincerely hope he takes it to the Machine and makes them work for it.

Illustrating Chicagoland Idiocy, Mayhem and Stupidity at

    legalizehazing in reply to W.H.Thompson. | March 2, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    That is so depressing

    TrooperJohnSmith in reply to W.H.Thompson. | March 2, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Seriously, he could win 90% of the vote, but the tabulation will never see the light of day. In Chicago, the final vote is likely already determined. If voter fraud is suspected, who would ever investigate it?

    Until enough good people in Chicago say, “Enough already!” it will be business as usual. As it stand now, poor old Lot would have to leave that place, too.

legalizehazing | March 2, 2013 at 12:36 pm

Good Idea. I hope people come out for it.

…If people feel like you don’t respect them, it usually takes years of steady admiration to change their minds. This is psychologically difficult – even humiliating – because you have to show respect to people before they’ll even consider respecting you. And as you struggle to win over your future friends, you face a severe coordination problem: Anyone currently on “your side” who expresses apathy or sarcasm toward your audience undercuts your efforts.

In the long-run, however, efforts to show more respect often pay off. That’s how Republicans won over conservative Catholics. That’s how Democrats won over women. And that’s how Republicans will win over whoever’s going to keep them from becoming the party of a dwindling white minority.

Bryan Caplan’s remarks about winning the Asian vote (which, to my surprise, went overwhelmingly for Obama) also apply to efforts like McKinley’s, and to work like the Hispanic outreach which Leslie recently described.

Not every outreach effort will succeed, and not every insurgent candidate will win. The point is not to give up, but to learn from the failures and persevere. It is essential to broaden the conservative coalition—in a manner that preserves essential principles.

    Juba Doobai! in reply to gs. | March 2, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    No surprise Asian and Hispanic vote went heavily for Obama. That they did highlights the need for America to ground new citizens into American values of self reliance and independence. Asians and Hispanics mostly come from Socialist or Communist countries. What they know is government, and what they’ve been taught is not rugged individualism but dependence on government. So, it’s only natural they’d vote for the guy who promised to give them taxpayers’ money.

    Once upon a time, immigrants knew that they could not get anything from the federal government, so they worked hard to survive. These days, the Feds are encouraging illegal aliens to pick our pockets, so they feel entitled to a big screen tv and an iPhone as soon as they get the taxpayer-funded apartment, welfare, and food stamps.

    Once upon a time, people voted for freedom. Not any more.

What I find most mystifying is why the big fundraisers are pouring so much money into this race. What am I not seeing – what’s at stake here? It’s not like any of the candidates are wild-eyed conservatives (there’s a picture for you).

    stevewhitemd in reply to gwest. | March 2, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    You do wonder what it is that’s causing Bloomberg, Kos, etc to weigh in. A special election in the Chicago area is normally a shoo-in for the Machine candidate. The real election usually is the primary as the Democrats then coalesce around the candidate (no matter how odious) and swamp the Pub.

    So what is it about this race that’s causing the big outside hitters to stay in now that Halvorson is safely defeated? Possibilities —

    1) they’re currying favor with Rahm

    2) they’re currying favor with Champ

    3) something in the wind makes them nervous about a D+30 seat

    I think it’s 1+2, but it’s a little strange.

casualobserver | March 2, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Another real test will be how many individuals and groups with name recognition, from talk radio to PACs to ‘speakers’, will get behind McKinley. It would be a particular shame/embarrassment if they avoided any associating simply to also avoid the tie to his past.

Then again, maybe his chances are better in Chicago if he runs as a past felon WITHOUT any association with known names like Palin, Limbaugh, Rove, etc. After all, to many voters in that district the greater sin might be association with conservatives that get blasted routinely in the media.

Lady Penguin | March 2, 2013 at 4:49 pm

Okay, Professor. Sent him a little something. His heart is in the right place, and maybe someday the people will realize they’ve been enslaved by the Democrats and want to break free of their chains. Of course, the operative phrase is “want to.”


“Rub raw the resentments of the people of the community!”

The people of the 10th Ward “must feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless in the prevailing system that they are willing to let go of the past and chance the future.”

Remember, power is derived from two main sources: money and people. “Have-Nots” must build power from flesh and blood.

But never get “caught without a solution to the problem.”

myveryownpointofview | March 2, 2013 at 6:53 pm

Sent along a small donation. Couldn’t hurt :). It’s a true shame that people like Mr. McKinley can’t even have a FAIR chance to be voted in. So un-American.