* Effingham news radio…
He might be in his first term in the Illinois House, but Darren Bailey is already looking to move up.
The Xenia farmer is scheduled to announce today that he will be a candidate for 55th District State Senator. Bailey is looking to succeed Republican Dale Righter of Mattoon, who earlier announced he will not seek re-election in 2020.
I told subscribers about the GOP primary shaping up to replace Sen. Righter several days ago. Rep. Chris Miller’s (R-Oakland) wife Mary is also considering a bid for the seat.
* Bailey, you will recall, is an Eastern Bloc member who has promoted anti-vaxxer myths, among other things, including inviting Pastor Corey Musgrave of the New Beginnings church to Springfield to lead the daily House prayer, during which Musgrave said…
I ask you to rise up, oh God, and judge Illinois for the sanctioned destruction of the innocent unborn. For when Your judgements are in this state, the inhabitants of Illinois learn righteousness. In this House I pray for justice to roll down like water and righteousness like a mighty river. In Your judgement I pray that You would remember mercy for we know that You, oh God, do not want anyone to be destroyed.
* Guess who just announced a bid for Rep. Bailey’s seat? Pastor Corey Musgrave…
A pal of mine who helps with the Eastern Bloc’s PR passed that House prayer video along to me in May. I now can’t help but wonder if Bailey was setting up his friend to run for his House seat with some sure-fired publicity over a controversial prayer.
*** UPDATE *** Press release…
Darren Bailey, who currently serves as a State Representative in the 109th District, is today announcing his intentions to run for the Illinois State Senate in the 55th District.
“I did not make this decision lightly,” Bailey said. “My wife and I have spent a lot of time praying and talking to people I know and trust. I was overwhelmed with encouragement I received from these individuals. My sincere desire in running for office has always been to be a strong advocate for our values in Springfield. I believe the best way I can continue to serve and champion the values we share is to run for the Illinois Senate.”
Bailey said the office he is seeking may be changing but his core beliefs remain the same.
“Some people go to Springfield and let the political culture there change them,” Bailey said. “If anything, my experience in Springfield so far has only motivated me more to work for the changes we need. I am pro-life, pro-2nd amendment and pro-spending reforms. I will bring common-sense conservative values to the Illinois Senate.”
This spring, Bailey voted against late-term abortions, the tax increase on motor fuel, the progressive income tax Constitutional Amendment, legalization of recreational marijuana, the $15 per hour minimum wage increase and other harmful legislation. Bailey’s voting record is one of the most conservative during the recently concluded legislative session.
“Illinois is going in the wrong direction,” Bailey said. “The Democrats passed some of the most extreme abortion legislation in the country. They approved recreational marijuana and raised taxes. As State Senator in the 55th District, I will stand firm in opposing the radical agenda the Democrat leaders in the Illinois House and Senate are pushing.
Darren Bailey is the owner of Bailey Family Farm. He is a graduate of North Clay High School in Louisville and he received his A.A.S. in Agricultural Production from Lake Land College. Bailey attends Effingham Assemblies of God Church. He is a member of the Illinois Farm Bureau, Louisville Rotary Club, NRA, Illinois State Rifle Association, the Gideons International, Fellowship of Christian Farmers, National and State Corn Growers Association, National and State Soybean Association, Illinois Wheat association, Rolling Thunder Chapter 3, and the Illinois Independent Business Federation. He and his wife Cindy established Full Armor Christian Academy in Louisville. They have four married children and eight grandchildren.
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