ROCKFORD - Sunday, an emboldened Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) pointed his Facebook followers to a Rockford Star editorial that lauds Kinzinger for slamming Ted Cruz and Congressional colleagues that stood against the debt ceiling being raised in last week's vote. Earlier in the week, the Congressman also criticized colleagues for how they handled the government shutdown.
The home district editorial Kinzinger referenced called the small cadre of budget hawks in Congress -including Congressman Randy Hultgren, who was the only Illinois "no" vote on the debt ceiling vote - "nihilists" and "bullies":
One who did show his mettle, however, was Rep. Adam Kinzinger, the Channahon Republican whose congressional district includes a chunk of the Rockford area. Kinzinger didn’t just vote for the deal that ended the shutdown. He also called out the nihilists in his own party. We’re talking about you, Ted Cruz.
In ordinary times, Kinzinger’s decision to do what’s right for the nation by refusing to cede his brain and conscience to the biggest bullies in the Republican caucus might not be remarkable.