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DEKALB, Ill. — Citizens from the 16th Congressional District are organizing to draft a candidate to run against U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., in the Nov. 6 general election.
A public gathering is scheduled for 2-4 p.m., Saturday, April 21, at the Unitarian Church, 158 N. Fourth St., DeKalb, Ill.
Kinzinger defeated 10-term Congressman U.S. Rep. Don Manzullo, R-Ill., 54-46 percent in the March 20 primary election. No Democrats are running for the seat, meaning Kinzinger is likely to run unopposed in the general election.
A freshman Congressman first elected to office in 2010 during a Tea Party-backed Republican surge, Kinzinger is likely to assume the redistricted 16th Congressional District seat in January 2013, unless a viable opponent steps forward.
Manzullo currently represents 44 percent of what will be the new 16th Congressional District, while Kinzinger, who serves in the 11th Congressional District, currently represents 31 percent of the new 16th Congressional District.
Dan Kenney, one of the organizers of the April 21 event in DeKalb, explained: “This will be a citizens’ convention for the 16th District. Anyone who lives in the 16th Congressional District who would like to have an alternative to Adam Kinzinger this November is urged to attend.”
According to a press release, the group is looking for either an Independent or a Democrat to run for the seat. The release also stated the event will serve to start a grassroots movement to unseat Kinzinger.
“The group feels that Rep. Kinzinger does not represent what is in the best interest of the majority of the citizens of the district,” the release said. “They ask voters of the district to consider that since Rep. Kinzinger has been office, counties of the 16th District have had some of the highest unemployment in the state. They also ask if he is capable of representing the interests of those who work for a living when so much of his financial support relies on large contributions from those at the top of the income bracket, those who make money from their investments. The group points out that thus far this election cycle he has received $10,000 from Koch Industries, as just one example.”
Wanda Rohl, of Ottawa, Ill., another organizer of the event, added, “This event is about giving the people of this district a voice in democracy and a choice on the ballot.”
Kinzinger, 34, of Manteno, Ill., a former Air Force pilot who still serves in the Air National Guard as a captain, received a late endorsement from House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., in his race against Manzullo.
For more about the April 21 gathering, contact Kenney at (815) 793-0950.
Posted April 19, 2012