Crain's Chicago Business: Kinzinger slams Will County GOP after censure vote

The chairman called the congressman's impeachment vote a "betrayal." The congressman fired back.

Sometimes the best defense is a good offense. But at least some friends of increasingly embattled U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, have to be wondering about his latest move to turn the tables on his critics.

The critics, specifically a good chunk of the GOP base, remain upset, very upset at Kinzinger’s vote to impeach former President Donald Trump for a second time over the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

The assault on Kinzinger seemed to hit a new peak last evening when the Will County GOP organization voted by a whopping 111 to 5 to censure the congressman. The action “is meant to remind the representative who he represents, the people who elected him, not his self interests,” County Republican Chairman George Pearson told Politico.

Pearson termed Kinzinger’s action a “betrayal” of other Republicans and said he’s going to try to find someone to run against him.

Kinzinger shot back with a biting statement hitting what he called the “ineptitude” of the Will County GOP.

“Not long ago, Will County was a staunchly conservative county where Republicans controlled the board and held countywide offices. Unfortunately, the current leaders of the Will County GOP have changed that,” with Republicans shut out of countywide slots, Kinzinger said.

“As the last federal Republican representing Will County, I have been saddened by this ineptitude,” Kinzinger thundered on. “Maybe if the Will County GOP spent the same amount of time and energy helping local Republicans as they do with party censure votes to go after those that vote their conscience, they might actually win a few races.”

My, my.

Though there’s still time for things to blow over, the exchange, coming after censure of Kinzinger by other county organizations, suggests the fight instead is getting more intense.

“I know Trump has a few people he wants to make pay for this (impeachment vote), and Kinzinger is one of them,” says one well-place Republican. “Kinzinger is as big a target as Liz Cheney,” that source added, referring to the No. 3 House Republican, who has faced mayor blowback at home in Wyoming since her vote to impeach Trump.

In any event, no one’s making any final decisions until the new state congressional map comes out later this year. Kinzinger then could decide to fight, or call it a career. But if the former is the decision, he’d be well advised to gear up and start raising lots of money—right now.


The original article can be found on the Crain's Chicago Business website here.

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  • Maura Gillespie
    published this page in News 2021-02-22 12:26:14 -0600