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GOP nominates uniquely qualifed candidate for IL-02

posted at 1:00 pm on February 28, 2013 by

The last two Representatives from Illinois’ 2nd CD ended up as felons.  Why not nominate one to take their place?

Republican voters are suggesting the 2nd Congressional District replace one felon with another after picking ex-convict Paul McKinley as the candidate to run for the seat recently ceded by former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.

While official results in the GOP special election will not be certified until next month, McKinley had a 23-vote lead over Eric Wallace, a multimedia company owner from Flossmoor, with all precincts reporting Wednesday.

McKinley, a convicted felon who served nearly 20 years in state prison for burglaries, armed robberies and aggravated battery, declared victory. Wallace, however, was not willing to concede, and he called the prospect of McKinley representing the GOP “an embarrassment.”

I guess this makes sense, from an amateur-versus-professional perspective.  If IL-02 wants to keep sending crooks to Washington, why not send a properly-experienced crook?

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Yep. The Republican Party is certainly a “big tent” party.

Mitoch55 on February 28, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Is it really that difficult for the GOP to field qualified candidates? Over 60 million Republicans out there and Illinois Republicans vote for a felon.

Hostile Gospel on February 28, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Can’t you just see the campaign slogan?

krome on February 28, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Vote McKinley – he’s pre-convicted

krome on February 28, 2013 at 1:20 PM

GOP nominates uniquely qualifed candidate for IL-02

Ed, you do know the qualifier is not to get caught?

nobar on February 28, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Re-branding.

steebo77 on February 28, 2013 at 1:24 PM

Is it really that difficult for the GOP to field qualified candidates? Over 60 million Republicans out there and Illinois Republicans vote for a felon.

Hostile Gospel on February 28, 2013 at 1:19 PM

In this district? Yes.

It is a very solidly Democratic District (Gus Savage…Mel Reynolds…Jess Jackson Jr. were the last 3 there).

krome on February 28, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Gangsta…

JohnGalt23 on February 28, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Is it really that difficult for the GOP to field qualified candidates? Over 60 million Republicans out there and Illinois Republicans vote for a felon.

Hostile Gospel on February 28, 2013 at 1:19 PM

In the 2nd Congressional District, yes, it really is that difficult for the GOP to field qualified candidates. Not many Republicans live there. Not that the rest of the Illinois GOP is that impressive, but I don’t think there is any Republican in America who could get elected to Congress from the Illinois 2nd if they had a Democratic Party opponent.

J.S.K. on February 28, 2013 at 2:06 PM

If Jesus Christ Himself were to run as a Republican in IL-2, and if the Democrat nominee were Lucifer himself, I would bet on Satan to win each and every time in that district. I think IL-2 was about D+40 in the last election.

JimLennon on February 28, 2013 at 2:28 PM

In the 2nd Congressional District, yes, it really is that difficult for the GOP to field qualified candidates. Not many Republicans live there. Not that the rest of the Illinois GOP is that impressive, but I don’t think there is any Republican in America who could get elected to Congress from the Illinois 2nd if they had a Democratic Party opponent.

J.S.K. on February 28, 2013 at 2:06 PM

I’m not making the comment regarding electability. No matter how little the amount of Republicans…the County and State GOP should be vetting candidates, at least so these kinds of situations don’t arise. Better to have a seat go uncontested than national mockery of Republicans nominating an actual felon because they couldn’t do a tiny bit of research.

Hostile Gospel on February 28, 2013 at 2:31 PM

We’ve got a rank amateur as President…so it’s no wonder that Washington suffers from a severe lack of professionalism.

Obama has been acting more like a two year old than a manager: throwing little fits, stomping his feet, sticking his fingers in his ears and refusing to listen to adults, and taking his ball home so NOBODY can play if he doesn’t get his own way. It’s really embarrassing (as well as dangerous) to have such a childish pretender playing “king” when we really need a serious executive who can work with others to attend to the serious problems facing our country.

So until we are able to kick the kids out of the White House and make them play their childish games elsewhere, maybe replacing the amateur crooks in Washington with experienced professional crooks would truly be an upgrade!!!???!!!

landlines on February 28, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Is it really that difficult for the GOP to field qualified candidates? Over 60 million Republicans out there and Illinois Republicans vote for a felon.

Hostile Gospel on February 28, 2013 at 1:19 PM

With roughly 6 of them in that district?

Steve Eggleston on February 28, 2013 at 5:55 PM

Has the Tea Party endorsed him yet?

Hollowpoint on February 28, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Wallace, however, was not willing to concede, and he called the prospect of McKinley representing the GOP “an embarrassment.”

The Illinois GOP as a whole is more of an embarrassment. If they couldn’t get Wallace nominated (and he would have lost horribly against Doomturd’s sugar daddy State Rep. Robin Kelly by a 80-20 margin) then, quite frankly, they don’t deserve to operate, period.

Myron Falwell on March 1, 2013 at 1:21 AM