To the Editor:
In Tuesday’s primary election, there are three races that Republicans should know about. In the 16th Congressional district Congressman Adam Kinzinger is being challenged by a conservative opponent, David Hale.
In Congress, Kinzinger voted against the Duncan amendment to eliminate the left-leaning Legal Services Corporation and against the McClintock amendment to eliminate all direct federal subsidies to all energy companies.
He was one of only 10 Republicans to vote for Nancy Pelosi’s earmark, the Presidio Trust Fund, and one of only seven Republicans to vote for funding for Barack Obama’s recess appointments. He voted to give tax dollars to the Brazil Cotton Institute and many other government boondodggles. He voted to continue funding Obamacare over many conservatives’ objections.
In contrast, Hale opposed every one of those measures and has consistently fought for smaller government and lower taxes. He vigorously opposes funding Obamacare and raising the debt ceiling.
Another important race is in DeKalb County Board District 9.
Conservative army veteran Craig Genteman is challenging the much more liberal Sam Bandy for that seat. I know and respect both men, but I feel that Genetman’s views are more in line with Republican values. Bandy and I had argued in the Daily Chronicle before about a pro-Castro, pro-Cuba group that he supported and I opposed.
Bandy had written so many letters to the Chronicle expressing a liberal point of view that it caused at at least a couple of people I know to be surprised that he was running as Republican. In one conversation I had with Bandy he spoke glowingly of Canada’s socialized medicine system. Genteman, in contrast is a supporter of free enterprise and limited government.
The race for Illinois Treasurer pits conservative certified public accountant Bob Grogan against liberal Republican State Rep. Tom Cross. Cross was instrumental in bringing just enough Republicans over to legalize gay marriage in Illinois and to bring Obamacare to Illinois two years early. He supports abortion and is far from fiscallhy conservative. This has earned him the nickname “Tom Double-Cross” from some conservaitves.
Looking at these three races it becomes obvious that David Hale, Bob Grogan and Craig Genteman represent the conservative values of the Republican party far more than their opponents do.