Representative Adam Kinzinger, the man who has become a media darling through his anti-Trump diatribes, has announced that he will not run for re-election.
The news coming only weeks after Democrats in Illinois unveiled a new congressional card that significantly impacted Kinzinger’s chances of winning in 2022.
“I also remember saying during that campaign that if I ever thought it’s time to leave Congress, I would, and that time is now,” he said in a video posted Friday morning.
Kinzinger is one of 10 Republicans who joined the Democrats to prosecute former President Donald Trump and played a prominent role in the House House selection committee investigating the Capitol riot.
Looking forward to the next chapter! pic.twitter.com/SvdFCVtrlE
– Adam Kinzinger (@AdamKinzinger) 29 October 2021
Kinzinger will not seek re-election
Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) explained that he could not focus on re-election to Congress when he had to take part in “a broader battle nationwide”.
And indeed, it sounds as if the ‘Never Trumper’ is setting its sites on another, if not higher office.
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“I want to make it clear. “This is not the end of my political future, but the beginning,” he said. “Serving six terms in Congress was an honor of a lifetime.”
Kinzinger leaves Congress to focus full-time on being a bitch https://t.co/vfZqLNEzWn
– Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) 29 October 2021
Democrats in Illinois were ready to throw away Kinzinger like a used toothpick while they planned to sign a new congressional card that would gut his district.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported it he would have had trouble winning no matter what happened – and not just because of the Democrats.
“Kinzinger’s political problem is that he’s a big target of the pro – Trump forces in the IDP and he’s going to face a primary battle that he might not survive, regardless of the district in which he chose to to run in, “they wrote.
Kinzinger gives up because he did not want to deal with the reality of how unpopular he is outside corporate media green rooms, his boss Pelosi’s office and the generally disturbed hellish landscape that is DC, which, you know, is good. Good for everyone.
– Mollie (@MZHemingway) 29 October 2021
Run for higher office
No tears should be shed – this time – for Kinzinger’s announcement that he will not seek re-election. His remark about a broader “nationwide” struggle is in line with his view on his excessive self-worth.
It was only days ago that he compared Republicans who rose up against President Trump to the heroes of Flight 93 who fought back against terrorists on 9/11.
“People need to stand up and say it’s wrong,” Kinzinger said of Trump and his associates’ efforts to fight the House committee. “We have to – if you think of heroic deeds on Flight 93 that saved the Capitol in 2001, it was not just Todd Beamer.”
“It was everyone who stood up and said we had had enough,” he continued. “We’re going to sacrifice ourselves to do that, and right now we need more Republicans to stand up and lead your people. Lead your people. Tell them the truth. ”
Through it all, the attention-loving congressman refused to rule out higher office.
“I will certainly not exclude the Senate or governor and anything else,” he said. “Maybe, who knows?”
a politician column in August notes that those close to Kinzinger believe he can vote for a statewide office or “he could even get a presidential bid in 2024.”
Democratic Rep. Mike Quigley wished his colleague well.
“I’m going to miss Mr. Kinzinger in Congress,” Quigley told CNN. “And I hope he continues in public life with the kind of things he does, and addresses the concerns we had with the Trump administration.”
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