* Congressman Adam Kinzinger has a GOP primary opponent…
On Tuesday, David Hale, founder of the Rockford Tea Party, announced he is running in next March’s GOP primary against Kinzinger, who has been in Congress since 2011.
Over the past week, Kinzinger has made a number of national TV appearances backing President Barack Obama’s call for military action in Syria. The Air Force veteran said he has offered to help Obama make the case.
It was Kinzinger’s position on Syria that prompted Hale to enter the race. […]
He founded the Rockford Tea Party in 2009 and helped organize the petition drive for the Winnebago County Board to pass a concealed carry ordinance, collecting 11,000 signatures. The board ultimately rejected the ordinance.
Amanda Norris, president of the Sauk Valley Tea Party, said she welcomed opponents of Kinzinger, whom she called a “real disappointment.”
“He [Hale] is very passionate and strong-willed. Sometimes that works against you in the political sphere. He’s on the right side of issues,” Norris said.
As an incumbent with nearly $500,000 in his campaign coffers, Kinzinger is the favorite to win.
“The money is an advantage,” Hale said. “I don’t pretend that I’m a formidable candidate as far as publicity and money goes, When it comes to ideas and when it comes to how government works, I’m head and shoulders above Adam Kinzinger.”
* Meanwhile, Secretary of State Jesse White is announcing his reelection tomorrow…
…there is no sign of a Republican challenger on the horizon.
Jayme Odom, executive director of the Illinois Republican Party, said new party chief Jack Dorgan is attempting to draft a candidate.
“The chairman is still talking to multiple people,” Odom said Tuesday.
Republican observers say it’s pretty obvious why no one is jockeying for the position.
“I think you have to admit it would be a tough one to win,” state Sen. Kyle McCarter, R-Lebanon, said Tuesday.