* We’re a bit late to the game on this. From April 30…
Adam Kinzinger came to Texas this week to hunt unicorns.
The Illinois congressman was looking for Republicans who, like him, see former President Donald Trump as a scourge on their party and a threat to democracy. Kinzinger met privately with one sympathetic Republican, former President George W. Bush, on his first day in the state. And on the second, he had lunch with Michael Wood, the only openly anti-Trump Republican competing on Saturday in a crowded special election for a seat in Congress.
Kinzinger, a 43-year-old Air Force pilot who flew missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, is positioning himself as a leading antagonist to Trump in a party that is largely refusing to move on from the former president. The congressman’s nascent political organization, Country First, has endorsed every House Republican who voted to impeach Trump for inciting the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. And as Kinzinger eyes a potential run for higher office himself, he came to Texas to test how many other Republicans share his outlook.
Kinzinger’s hope lies in Wood, another fresh-faced combat veteran, who is fighting to stand out in a field of 23. If none of the candidates on Saturday’s ballot earns 50% of the vote, the top two will compete in a runoff election later in the spring.
* May 4…
Michael Wood — a strongly conservative Republican, small business owner, military combat veteran and handsome father of four — finished in fifth place among Republicans with just 3.2% of the vote in a special election Saturday in Texas’ 6th U.S. Congressional District.
Wood, who’d been endorsed by the Dallas Morning News as “a bridge to the GOP regaining its focus,” was the only Republican to speak ill of former President Donald Trump among the 11 members of his party in the open, 23-candidate field. He’s reminiscent of Illinois U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Channahon, also a strong conservative military man with anti-Trump bona fides.