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Kinzinger news release: Town Halls aimed at restoring representation to 16th District

U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, who is facing Congressman Don Manzullo in the GOP primary for the 16th Congressional District, issued the following press release Wednesday:

For Immediate Release                                         Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Congressman Adam Kinzinger: Town Halls First Step Toward Restoring Representation to
New 16th Congressional District
Manzullo constituent welcomes new representation

New Lenox, Ill. – In less than two weeks, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) held seven town hall meetings and met with folks all across the newly drawn 16th Congressional District.  The town hall meetings are just one of the numerous ways Kinzinger plans to restore representation to the people and provide them with an open and direct line of communication to Washington.  

“Over the last several days, I’ve heard from Illinoisans who are frustrated with the ‘Washington knows best attitude’ from Congress,” said Kinzinger.  “One of the most important roles a Congressman has is to ensure that the people’s voice is heard in Washington. My primary goal is hear your thoughts, ideas and concerns and put them into action in Congress.”

Tom Curtis, a ten-year resident of Ogle County and neighbor of Congressman Manzullo, believes the newly drawn 16th District needs someone who will restore representation to the area:

“After 20 years in Congress, we hardly see Congressman Manzullo around here,” said Curtis.  “The times that he is here, it appears to me that Congressman Manzullo is pretending to listen just to appease his constituents. Congressman Manzullo initially ran on a term-limits platform - it's time that he finally lived up to the concepts that got him elected the first time.  Congressman Kinzinger has been holding town halls in the new District and meeting with folks all across our county.  He offers a new and energetic approach.  I like that Congressman Kinzinger is stirring things up in Washington and is able to get the career politicians to quit talking about how much of my money to spend and to start cutting the overspending coming out of Washington for years.”

“North central Illinoisans deserve a Representative in Congress who will fight tooth and nail to stop the reckless mistakes of the past by both parties. Over the last twelve months, my freshman colleagues and I have changed the conversation on Capitol Hill from how much to spend to how much to cut,” Kinzinger continued. “However, like Tom and the majority of folks I’ve met, I believe there is a lot of work left to be done.

“I’m encouraged by the strong, widespread support and momentum our campaign has received early on throughout the district.  Thanks to the hard work and dedication of so many supporters who are committed to changing the way Washington does business, we will send strong, fresh conservative voices back to Congress to fight against the status quo.”

In just twelve days, Kinzinger has held seven open town hall meetings in Boone, Bureau, DeKalb, LaSalle, Lee, Ogle, and Winnebago.

Adam Kinzinger is a freshman serving in the United States Congress.  He was sworn into Congress in January 2011 and was named to the Energy and Commerce Committee, the House Transition Team and is a Republican Deputy Whip.  Kinzinger also serves in the Air National Guard, while in Congress, with the current rank of Captain.

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