2 years, 6 months ago Bryan Nichols
Says Republicans need to tone it down; criticizes Rauner. Many possible gubernatorial candidates speak at event.
The Adams County Republican Party held their annual Lincoln-Reagan Day fundraising event in Quincy on Sunday. The well attended event featured Rep. Adam Kinzinger (IL-11) along with several potential gubernatorial candidates. Kinzinger also headlined a fundraiser for Mayoral candidate Ald. Kyle Moore on Saturday night, the second Congressman in a month to do so.
In his speech, Kinzinger primarily focused on the idea that Republicans should calm themselves in their interactions with others in order to advance the message. He alluded to other Congressman who “go on Fox News and see who can scream the loudest.” However, he didn’t name any names.
He also criticized the use of the term “RINO”, which stands for “Republican in Name Only” and is typically used to describe a Republican who either isn’t conservative or has recently voted with the Democrats. Kinzinger said that anybody who was with him a majority of the time was good enough to be in the party.
He said that Democrats would never kick somebody out of their party who wasn’t ideologically pure and that Republicans shouldn’t either if they wanted to build the party.
The message received mixed reactions from the audience.
However, the most interesting part of Kinzinger’s speech came at the beginning when he called out potential gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner, directly accusing him of being behind recent radio and TV ads targeting Rep. Aaron Schock.
Rauner had been in attendance and gave a short speech but had ducked out just prior to Kinzinger’s speech.
Kinzinger said that “a million dollars spent by a Republican against a Republican is as good as two million spent by a Democrat.”
Schock was not in attendance at the banquet, despite also being a potential gubernatorial candidate and also representing the county in Congress.
Another potential gubernatorial candidate who was not in attendance was State Sen. and 2010 GOP nominee for Governor Bill Brady. Brady did, however, send a letter, which was mentioned but not read. Adams County Republican Chairman Jim Perry said that the other candidates took the time to be there so he wouldn’t take the time to read the letter, only briefly summarizing it.
Other potential gubernatorial candidates in attendance in addition to Rauner were State Sen. Kirk Dillard and State Treasurer Dan Rutherford. A potential candidate for Treasurer, the office which Rutherford currently holds, was also in attendance but wasn’t recognized, nor did he speak.