January 31, 2010 | Filed Under Campaign Finance, Chicago, Cook County, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, GOP, Government, Corruption, Illinois, Liberals, Republicans, State Government, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment
-By Warner Todd Huston
Former Illinois Republican Party Chairman Andy McKenna is trying to claim he is an “outsider businessman” and that he’s the only one not connected to Illinois corruption. But the facts seem to auger against McKenna’s claims.
For one thing, McKenna has been called out for ethics violations by his own party. On top of that, how does one claim to be an “outsider” when one was the head of the state party!? That’s a couple of major dents in McKenna’s claims right there.
But now comes info from the Ryan campaign that Andy McKenna also has a ton of donors and supporters that are big Obama supporters, too. Now, how can someone claim to be the conservative solution to Springfield if he’s getting hundreds of thousands of dollars from Democrat and Obama supporters?
In fact, this puts another dent in his “outsider” claim. He’s more of an insider than a mere GOP stalwart because he’s also obviously in the pocket of the Democrats.
Andy McKenna is spending considerable amount of money portraying himself as more of a Republican than his opponents. He has given special attention to Kirk Dillard and his ad for Barack Obama.
But voters in Illinois should not be fooled: Andy McKenna has a huge connection to Barack Obama and the Democratic Party as well.
Click here to view a spreadsheet of Andy McKenna’s Obama Donors.
- McKenna has 97 donors who gave $444,950 to Obama in recent election cycles.
- Those same donors gave McKenna $432,400 from July 1, 2009 to Jan. 22, 2010.
- Those same donors gave $269,908 to other Democrats like Harry Reid, Rahm Emanuel, Charles Shumer, Hillary Clinton, Alexi Giannoulias and the Democratic National Committee.
Certainly I am no Jim Ryan fan. He stands against our Constitutional right to self-protection. But he has some excellent points against McKenna here.
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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com, RightWingNews.com, CanadaFreePress.com, StoptheACLU.com, TheRealityCheck.org, RedState.com, Human Events Magazine, AmericanDailyReview.com, and the New Media Journal, among many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs to discuss his opinion editorials and current events and is currently the co-host of “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Conservatism” heard on BlogTalkRadio. Warner is also the editor of the Cook County Page for RedCounty.com.
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