For months Rockford Tea Party coordinator David Hale had strongly been hinting that he would seek to challenge congressman Adam Kinzinger in the 2014 Republican primary. In a statement posted to Facebook over the weekend Hale announced that he was dropping his plans to run for Congress:
Hey friends...I have finally made a decision. I will not be running for Kinzinger's Seat. I hope someone else will. I don't have the time. I don't have the money. I don't even think I have the desire to do it. Wish you all the best. Wish we could make a difference in the 16th. Peace! Smile! Love you all!
Hale also posted this message to the Rockford Tea Party's Facebook page:
I am asking everyone on this page to begin to engage Adam Kinzinger respectfully but to continue to hold his feet to the fire. He is the Congressman from the 16th Congressional District Fairly Elected by a majority of the people. We don't like his decisions but the people of this district elected him and we must respect that. I will continue to disagree with him but it is now time to make peace with Kinzinger and try to find a way to move this district forward. I will not be running for Kinzinger's Seat. Hope we can all make positive difference in the 16th. Peace! Smile! Love you all!
David Hale gained national exposure during the height of the fight between unions and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker when he [Hale] videotaped two Wisconsin Democrat state Senators hiding out at Rockford's Clock Tower Resort and Conference Center (below).