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Thu Feb 28, 2013, 08:23 PM

Ex-Convict Ahead In GOP Primary For Jesse Jackson Jr.’s Seat



Ex-Convict Ahead In GOP Primary For Jesse Jackson Jr.’s Seat

Republicans in Illinois' 2nd Congressional District appear to have nominated ex-convict Paul McKinley to replace Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL), who resigned from Congress in November and subsequently plead guilty to charges of misusing campaign funds.

Though results from Tuesday's primary election are not yet official, McKinley, who has served nearly 20 years in state prison for burglaries, armed robberies and aggravated battery, currently holds a 23-vote lead over businessman Eric Wallace, the Chicago Tribune reported. Wallace has not yet conceded, calling the idea of McKinley representing the party "an embarrassment." McKinley has declared victory in the race.

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Full post here: http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/ex-convict-declared-victory-in-gop-primary-for?ref=fpb




Robin Kelly (D-IL) will win the general in a landslide
Note: Robin Kelly to guest on MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show" tonight http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2013/02/robin_kelly_to_guest_on_msnbcs.html

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 08:25 PM

1. I think an ex-con would be an automatic disqualification for Congress, but knowing the Republicans

 

the bar is set so damn low, they're accepting ANYBODY - even an ex-con.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2013, 09:01 PM

2. I found out why he's a Republican. He seems a bit extreme to me:



Paul McKinley of Chicago calls himself a grassroots activist. He says he has been fighting against the Chicago machine for decades. McKinley is an ex-offender and served nearly 20 years in prison after being convicted of six felony counts including burglaries, armed robberies and aggravated battery. He is active with VOTE an organization to put ex-offenders to work. Some of his policy highlights include:

* “I believe marriage, one man and one woman, is defined by the Bible, not by the government.”
* “I am 100% pro-life, and believe our young women and men are ashamedly manipulated by the pro-abortion lobby and Planned Parenthood. This black genocide is destroying families and the community, and using the women of our community to carry out the left’s culture of death.”
* “I support the efforts to finally bring Illinois in line with the 49 other states that have adopted concealed-carry legislation.”
* “Illegal immigration has fostered the distribution of illicit drugs, along with human trafficking, prostitution, murder, drug mules–especially in the Second District. It also puts the immigrants at risk of severe harm as they are the targets of extortion.

http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2013/02/20/2nd-district-republican-primary

That's about as Teahadist as it gets. The GOP may not support him in this race, but I think he has a bright future with conservatives.

I'm looking forward to a Kelly victory!

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Response to freshwest (Reply #2)

Sun Mar 3, 2013, 07:00 PM

10. Lee Mercer's brother??



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Response to madinmaryland (Reply #10)

Sun Mar 3, 2013, 07:06 PM

11. Not at my link. Give us all the dirt.

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Response to madinmaryland (Reply #10)

Sun Mar 3, 2013, 11:28 PM

12. National and International.

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Response to Iggo (Reply #12)

Sun Mar 3, 2013, 11:30 PM

13. All three.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 01:42 AM

3. I guess Illinois allows felons to run for elected office.

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Response to LiberalFighter (Reply #3)

Sun Mar 3, 2013, 03:08 PM

5. May not apply because it's a federal office, or felons may run but not serve in the office

In PA felons can RUN for any office they want, but if elected aren't allowed to serve, so the other party has to wait until AFTER the election is held to file a complaint to get a felon out of office. If they try to file complaints before the election they'll be struck down, because it's not illegal for felons to RUN for office in the state. Yes, it's VERY screwed up.

Alternately, the fact that it's a federal office may make state rules on who's eligible to run null and void, I'm not sure.

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Response to LiberalFighter (Reply #3)

Sun Mar 3, 2013, 03:38 PM

6. Every state allows felons to run for federal office including president.

There is nothing in the Constitution to prevent it. That said I used to live in IL-2 and the Republicans have not backed a candidate there in decades. So anyone who wants to see their name on the ballot can run but they receive no money from anyone.

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Response to former9thward (Reply #6)

Sun Mar 3, 2013, 06:45 PM

8. I forgot the distinction between state and federal offices.

I was going to slam you until you included the federal tag. You are right that there are limited restrictions under the Constitution. Just like a resident does not have to live in the district they seek to run in.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Fri Mar 1, 2013, 02:27 AM

4. GOP Logic: Allowing an ex-con to run for an election in your party

while simultaneously wanting to impeach a president of the opposite party for something non-impeachable.

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Response to Jamaal510 (Reply #4)

Sun Mar 3, 2013, 06:46 PM

9. Actually 4thward explains that the party has no control in that matter.

Even the state can't put those type of restrictions at the federal level.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Sun Mar 3, 2013, 05:45 PM

7. So they go after Jackson Jr and now they want to replace him with a CONVICT

 

OH but he's a rethug so he can get away with it

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