BLOOMINGTON - Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) has been on most major network news shows this week because of his support for America attacking Syria. His notoriety is raising eyebrows in D.C. and back home, as Kinzinger's position is very unpopular nationwide.
Before this week's controversy, however, the second term congressman drew criticism from conservative fiscal groups such as Club for Growth, based in D.C. Thursday, a Club spokesman told Illinois Review they were actively searching for a primary opponent to Kinzinger. On their "Primary by Congressman!" website, this appears:
Friday morning on Cities 92.9 FM, an Illinois Review post reporting that Kinzinger may be challenged by former Congressman Joe Walsh was the topic of discussion, and the fact that there's little love lost between Kinzinger and Walsh. Kinzinger himself made that clear in an interview with Bloomington-Normal 92.9 FM radio's Robert Rees November 8, 2012, just days after Kinzinger won and Walsh lost re-election:
“Here’s the problem with somebody like a Joe Walsh…and this is gonna tick some people off, but you know what I don’t care because frankly we need leaders in our Party that can just say it how it is. When you become a Congressman or you become a Senator or the President of the United States, you really put yourself on a pedestal of saying ‘I have to act differently I have to be a Statesman,’" Kinzinger said to Rees.
"When you make comments like I’ve heard coming out of some of these people’s mouths and I’m going to mainly point to the north versus Alan West, but with Joe Walsh, I’ve heard him say some things sometimes that just makes me shudder because a US Congressman shouldn’t say things like that. That’s what a talk show host says and things along that like and I think there is, you know, he has the right to say everything he wants to, Joe Walsh is a good man, but when you put yourself in a position of US Congressman you don’t just represent one view, you represent 700,000 people, and you happen to have views that you passionately fight for in that process.
He went on ...
You can hear Kinzinger's comments HERE.