Skip to comments.Kinzinger Defeats Manzullo in Illinois's 16th Congressional District Primary
Posted on 03/20/2012 9:14:42 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., has defeated fellow Republican Rep. Don Manzullo in the state's 16th District GOP congressional primary.
The AP called the race for Kinzinger just after 11 p.m. Eastern time. With 85 percent of precincts reporting, Kinzinger led Manzullo 56 percent to 44 percent.
The race between Kinzinger and Manzullo, forced because Illinois lost a congressional seat and state Democrats controlled the redistricting process, followed a common tea party-against-establishment trend in recent GOP primaries. But the script flipped here, with 10-term veteran Manzullo garnering the bulk of the tea party and movement conservative support while Kinzinger, a freshman, lined up more establishment backing, including an endorsement from House Majority Leader Eric Cantor last week.
Kinzinger's victory not only ends Manzullo's congressional career but also represents a victory for Cantor, who came under harsh criticism with the rest of House GOP leadership this week for taking a public stand in Kinzinger's favor. After Cantor endorsed Kinzinger, the Cantor-affiliated YG Action Fund super PAC went up with $50,000 in pro-Kinzinger radio ads in the 16th District. Since then, Manzullo and other House Republicans have exploded with fury toward Cantor, while Speaker John Boehner and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy have sought to distance themselves from Cantor's choice to pick sides. (McCarthy's leadership PAC also donated to Kinzinger after the merged seat matchup became likely, though, and Boehner's donated to Kinzinger last year before evening up to Manzullo just last week.)
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I don’t think Kinzinger is a liberal like Susan Collins (or Mark Kirk). But he’s clearly a disappointment and certainly not someone you want in a safe seat.
Manzullo should run against Turban in 2014. I’m sure the party bosses will select some unknown RINO to that.
“Manzullo should run against Turban in 2014.”
He’ll be 69 y/o that year. I doubt that he’d be interested.
DJ do you have any old map books that could confirm this?
No change in the lines for 40 years?
I’ve long wondered why IL redistricted in 1948.
69 is middle-aged for the Senate. ;d
We could always name an unconventional candidate a bit outside the box but marginally more conservative than the average Illinois RINO: Vladimir Putin or Rosie O'Donnell or Oprah Winfrey (she is a successful businesswoman and therefore just as qualified as the Mitt Twit and could be his running mate now) or Gloria Allred.
We could treat this like baseball and make trades. We could trade a useless RINO like Adam Kinzinger to New York for the late NYC Congressman Allard Lowenstein. While it is true that Lowenstein was murdered many years ago and was a Democrat, I could make the argument that he might be an improvement over Kinzinger. First, though dead, he is just as qualified as the crucial constituents in Chicago. Second, his brain cells are simply very well-rested rather than ever AWOL. Third, he was actually interested in taking Yalie conservatives (only conservatives) out to the world's very best pizza joints, all of which are in New Haven at his expense to better understand and have good-natured give and take with right-wingers who were so rare in his NYC Congressional district. Al Lowenstein, while dead, would crush Turban. LBJ could tell you that since Lowenstein ran Gene McCarthy's campaign and drove LBJ from the race after the New Hampshire primary.
Maybe New York would throw in Ed Koch who will be 88 years old by the end of this year but, in spite of having the single most liberal voting record of any Congressman when he first ran for NYC Mayor in 1977, was endorsed by Bill Buckley. Even at 87, he has far more functioning brain cells than any dozen creatures in the entire Illinois GOP leadership and is now more conservative than they are as well. We could run him for governor in 2014 and he would politically terminate either Quinnochio or Tiny Dancer with ease. If the "GOP" bosses try to run a RINO instead, Koch will squash the RINO and the bosses in a primary. See him, as in his mayoral days, campaigning by riding a camel past the Spinx in Egypt, wearing an Irish Fisherman's sweater and waving his woolen newsboy cap over his head and asking the New York Post reporter: "How'm I doin'?"
The clincher was: Koch was defeated for re-nomination after three terms (12 years) as mayor by The execrable incompetent David Dinkins, NYC's first black mayor. After about three years of Dinkins, the liberal NYC Demonrats who had chosen Dinkins because they were offended by Koch's relative conservatism (including a willingness to support the NYPD's efforts to fight street crime) pleaded with him to please forgive them and run for mayor again. His response: "No. You had your chance and now you have to be punished!" Koch endorsed Rudy Giuliani who was elected. Not perfect but, hey, we are talking NYC here.
As to Kinzinger, in good centuries gone by and in several countries of Europe, we would have prayed for his soul, tied him to the stake, and torched him and the kindling.
God bless you and yours!
Is there a “sore loser” law that would prevent Manzullo from petitioning as a Third party or independent candidate?
IF, like your dad, you are a Cubs fan, can you get them to actually win a championship? We Yankee fans used to get a great deal of fun out of teasing the Boston Dead Sox and their fans by chanting: 1918! 1918! 1918! until tragedy struck twice in the last decade and they broke the streak of seasons without winning.
1906? Your manager is now an ex-Yankee Dale Sveum. Your "President (or whatever) is now Theo Epstein (grandson of the producer of the movie Casablanca) and who brought those two tragedies to interrupt the most sacred losing streak in baseball history. My late dad was a lifelong Dead Sox fan. As a 7-year old, he saw the 1918 Dead Sox champions but died in the 1990s well before the twin tragedies struck. When I was a child (from the age of 5 as a Yankee fan), he would show me Ted Williams on TV and say: there is the greatest hitter who ever lived. My response: If Williams is so great, how come he is not wearing NY pinstripes? Dad may have been right. I do miss my dad. Williams was certainly one of the greatest men ever to play the game. While disagreeing with your characterization of the 1906 Cubs as somehow better than the 1927 Yankees or the 1961 Yankees or the 1998 Yankees for that matter, I do wish them and you well as they seek that elusive championship. The Cubbies are, though a distant second, my second favorite team and Ernie Banks (behind Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford) probably my next favorite player although Ted Williams is up there along with Willie Mays and Duke Snyder and Gil Hodges.
One Peter Golenbock wrote the one definitive book about the Yankees of my youth: Dynasty: The New York Yankees from 1949 to 1964: The Years When Rooting for the Yankees was like Rooting for US Steel. Rooting for that team made me a bit of an eternal optimist. The best of life was watching a game with a healthy Mantle in CF and at bat and his pal Whitey on the mound caught by Yogi Berra with Schaumberg's Moose Skowron at 1st, Billy Martin or Bobby Richardson at 2nd and Gil McDougald at short, Andy Carey at 3B, Hank Bauer in RF and whatever name was pulled from the hat in LF. A bench often including Elston Howard, Johnny Blanchard, Gene Woodling, and so many others. Relievers like Ryne Duren, Luis Arroyo, Bobby Shantz, Tommy Byrne, etc.,in the pen. All managed by the Old Perfessor. Play by play be Mel Allen and Red Barber.
It was a great time to be alive. You SHOULD necessarily agree with whatever I say or write but you are forgiven. Go and sin no more. God bless you and yours!
Yes, Illinois has a sore loser law. Rep. Manzullo can’t run for any office, this year.
LOL. I’ll remember to agree with everything you post next time.
As a Connecticut Knight of Columbus, you probably knew this already, but just in case, did you know that Bridgeport native Orator Jim O’Rourke, the only Baseball Hall of Famer who graduated from Yale Law School (my alma mater), was a Knight? A few years ago, it was said that Tony LaRussa was only the fifth lawyer to manage in the big leagues, and that the other four (O’Rourke, Monte Ward, Hughie Jennings and Branch Rickey) were in the Hall of Fame (albeit mostly for their contributions as players in the first three cases and as a GM in the last one); I don’t know if it was true back then (wasn’t Judge Fuchs, a team owner who managed one season, a lawyer), and perhaps another lawyer has managed since, but it was a pretty cool stat even if apocryphal.
As for my Cubs fandom, it is not congenital (although I’m working on passing it on to my young daughters); my dad has never been a baseball fan, and I became a Cubs fan by watching them every afternoon on WGN (going back to when Ryne Sandberg was a rookie 3B hitting below .200 almost through Memorial Day). True, Dale Sweum did play (very briefly) for the Yankees, but I don’t mind, since the last Cubs manager to win the World Series (the incomparable Frank Chance) went on to become the final manager of the New York Highlanders and the first manager of the New York Yankees.
The 1927, 1961 and 1998 Yankees were among the greatest teams ever, but the 1906 Cubs had unbeatable pitching (and its rotation was even better in 1907, when they had 5 starters in the top 8 in ERA), fantastic defense (Tinker to Evers to Chance, Kling behind the plate, Sheckard, Slagle and Schulte in the OF, and the underrated Steinfeldt at 3B), and terrific hitting for a Dead Ball Era team (even with Evers and Tinker having off years with the bat). Their 116-36 regular season record is the best ever, and the fact that they were defeated in the World Series by Ed Walsh doesn’t invalidate what they did all year.
I don’t believe you mentioned probably my favorite Yankee (after Mantle) on the ‘50s Yankees: Allie Reynolds. He and Gil Hodges are the two biggest HOF snubs among 1950s major leaguers.
I can’t speak to the legislature, but it’s true that from 1902 until 1948, none of the IL CDs were redistricted. Consider the population shifts that occured in that period. In 1902, IL received 25 seats (a gain of 3) and set the lines statewide. In 1912, they gained 2 seats but failed to redistrict, so the 2 extra seats were elected at-large. Of course, for 1922, there was no reallocation of CD seats based on the 1920 census anywhere. By 1932, IL’s growth had slowed and it didn’t add any seats (but, again, no redistricting, and the 2 seats continued to be elected at-large).
In 1942, IL’s growth was slower than the country, and was forced to relinquish its 27th seat, which left the 25 districts with just 1 seat elected at-large. I’m not entirely sure what precipitated the decision (whether judicial, lawsuit, or partisan) to then divide the state by 26 districts (although it looked as though it had to pass muster by the courts and GOP Gov. Dwight Green appeared anxious to sign off on it).
As pointed out, the then-11th district did indeed stretch from the WI border and around and over to Indiana. However, with the 1948 redistricting, the 11th became a compact district in NW Chicago (and promptly went Democrat for that election, though Republican Timothy Sheehan captured it in 1950 (the last serious opponent and threat to Daley, Sr’s political machine) and then it fell to Democrat Roman Pucinski in 1958 who held it for the rest of his House career.
This did not end a district that stretched from WI to IN, though. The newly-drawn 15th district, which was slightly further west of the old 11th, formed a giant “L” (Boone-DeKalb-La Salle-(part of Kendall ?)-Grundy-Will). The former 12th district Conservative GOP incumbent, Noah Mason, took the 15th and held it until his retirement in 1963. The district would retain the 1948 lines until 1962 when Boone County bordering WI was given to the Lake County-based 12th and Will County bordering IN was given to DuPage-based 14th (the latter probably being the reason for Mason’s retirement, as he resided in Plainfield in Will County and the 14th dist. GOP incumbent was former DuPage Co. Sheriff & State Treasurer Elmer Hoffman, who would’ve probably beaten him).
Fascinating history, DJ, thank you.
I think that there must have been some court decisions, or at least very heavy political pressure, during the mid-’40s to redistrict in many (if not all) states, since a very similar thing happened in NY (which redistricted in 1944 after decades of using the old lines).
And since the IL-15 ran from the WI border to the IN border until 1962 redistricting, that means that it’s only been 50 years since IL had a district with the new IL-16’s defining characteristic. So Impy was only off by 100 years or so. : )
BTW, Theo Epstein is the grandson of the co-writer of the screenplay for Casablanca (and for Arsenic and Old Lace), not of Casablanca’s producer. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_G._Epstein
A trifling amount of time in the grand scheme of things. ;D
So, the same districts for 46 years, that's good to know. And imagine at one point or another we held every single one.
1904 was the only time we won the Chi-based 4th and 5th districts, in fact that year we won 24 of 25, all but the 20th district of future House Speaker Henry Rainey, we only beat him in 1920 only to see him take it back in '22. Didn't get that seat again until 1942. It appears to have been a West/Central IL seat. Not one I would expect to be a rat stronghold.
I haven’t researched what the deal was with the district that sent Rainey (his home was in Carrollton, Greene County). I’d tend to rank him as one of the worst Speakers in history, as he effectively gave FDR absolute carte blanche to ram through his leftist agenda in the opening of the 1933 Congress. One wonders if the more Conservative Cactus Jack Garner, who was consigned to presiding over the Senate (a useless job by then with the Dem majorities, for which he compared to being worth a warm bucket of $hit), would’ve put the kibosh on the Socialist orgy.
Interestingly, by 1942, the GOP (despite no change in the lines that first sent Rainey to Congress) kept it solidly in their column for the next 40 years. Dick Durbin won it in 1982 from the odious anti-Zionist RINO Paul Findley (Arafat’s best friend in Congress). John Shimkus had the seat now (which still includes Rainey’s hometown of Carrollton, despite Greene County being sliced and diced between his and the old Lane Evans/Phil Hare district).