* I actually agree with the folks over at Illinois Review and Breitbart that some Chicago political reporters have been way too hard on 2nd Congressional District GOP nominee Paul McKinley. Yeah, he was a felon. He served a whole lot of time in prison. But he has risen above his past and is now living a decent life and encouraging others to do so as well.
Some of his positions are a bit odd, but, whatever the case, the guy has no chance of winning, so this breathless hyperbole just doesn’t resonate…
But what none of them is watching is one of the most interesting races in Illinois’ history develop in front of their own eyes.
An opportunity that is only possible in a special election such as this one: a lazily campaigning Democrat, an awakened populace tired of being trampled on, an enthralling candidate, and an energized grassroots making history by coming together across racial and economic barriers to support McKinley, a convicted felon who has turned his life around and is trying to save his community. Is it any wonder, as McKinley says, “The Machine is panicking?”
The Illinois Republican Party did not respond to Breitbart for comment.
I do believe that the national, state and local GOP ought to put some resources into his campaign to build some infrastructure there for future reference, like the 2014 statewide races. Hey, it couldn’t hurt.
McKinley, unfortunately like a lot of black men, did some time behind bars. But he’s now on the straight and narrow and he ought to be celebrated for that, not condemned.
* Meanwhile, I still don’t think we have the full story about why state Sen. Toi Hutchinson dropped out of the Democratic primary…
Monday, in what is believed to be her first public comments on the race since she bowed out, Hutchinson answered questions about her candidacy before the Kankakee Kiwanis Club during the club’s luncheon at the Quality Inn & Suites in Bradley.
Hutchinson said she had raised more than $300,000, and might have been able to double that, but that she was unwilling to do what it took to win.
“It would have meant scorched earth, going right to the wall to raise that kind of money,” she said. “And I would have had to go entirely negative.”
She said leaving was the hardest decision she ever had to make. Her own teen daughter advised her against quitting. But, she said, she couldn’t complain about negative campaigns and million dollar fundraising and then do the same thing.
“It would have made me something I’m not,” she said.
That is essentially what she told everyone who asked when she dropped out. But she didn’t run an entirely positive campaign, and she’s still having some trouble in the Senate because of it.
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