Oregon, IL – Following the Illinois Conservatives’ endorsement of Congressman Don Manzullo, Congressman Adam Kinzinger, Manzullo’s primary opponent, made an attempt to downplay not only the endorsement, but the group itself.
“It is important to note that that the Illinois Conservatives Facebook Group is run by a 20 year old from Congressman Manzullo’s home county and is not an influential voice within the Republican electorate,” a statement issued by Kinzinger’s staff said.
The Illinois Conservatives reject the claims that their endorsements are not influential, citing their previous endorsees as possible evidence.
“I believe Lennie Jarratt, John Bambenek, Michael Harn, Jason Plummer, Don Manzullo, and other conservatives would disagree that our endorsement means nothing,” Illinois Conservatives President Zach Oltmanns said. “If we are not influential then why has [Congressman Kinzinger] spent the last couple days attacking us?”
The statement from Kinzinger’s camp also suggested that the group was falsely claiming to have endorsed the Congressman in 2010. Oltmanns said this is not quite the truth.
“We tried to endorse him in the general election in 2010 but just like most of the tea party groups are numerous calls were not returned by Kinzinger,” Oltmanns said.
The Illinois Conservatives are also disappointed that Kinzinger, at 33 years old, would have such harsh words for a group that consists of a lot of young members.
“We are very disappointed to see a sitting congressman go after our group like this,” Illinois Conservatives Vice President Andrew Spitzer said. “Especially when he started in politics when he was only 20 years old and our group prides ourselves in getting young people involved in politics. But obviously our endorsement was important to him. Although he must be disappointed, I am sad to see that he took a negative way towards a group with so many young members.”
In addition to staying on the defensive against Kinzinger’s remarks, the Illinois Conservatives would also like to thank the many Tea Party groups who have come to their aid and defense in the recent days.
The Illinois Conservatives, a leading conservative grassroots organization in Illinois, believe in conservative ideologies and supports political candidates who share in those beliefs for the betterment of the State of Illinois.
We were very happy to hold a press conference with Congressman Don Manzullo, our fourth endorsed candidate for 2012, this morning. We look forward to working on getting him re-elected once again.
You can view video from the conference with the link below:
Illinois Conservatives to Make Major Announcement
with U.S. Rep. Don Manzullo in Rockford Wednesday
ROCKFORD — The Illinois Conservatives, a leading conservative grassroots organization, will host a news conference Wednesday morning to make a major announcement with U.S. Rep. Don Manzullo.
The news conference will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4, at the Manzullo for Congress campaign headquarters, 6085 Strathmoor Drive, Rockford. Manzullo will be joined at the news conference by Zach Oltmanns, President of the Illinois Conservatives. The media is encouraged to attend.
Who: Congressman Manzullo and Zach Oltmanns, President of Illinois Conservatives
What: Manzullo and Oltmanns will make a major political announcement about the new 16th Congressional District.
Where: Manzullo for Congress Campaign Headquarters
6085 Strathmoor Drive
When: 10am Wednesday January 4, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Illinois Conservatives Endorse Six Candidates for General Election
Today the Illinois Conservatives have announced their first six endorsements of the general election cycle. The six are Bill Brady (Governor), Jason Plummer (Lt. Governor), Don Manzullo (16th Congressional District), Bobby Schilling (17th Congressional District), Cedra Crenshaw (43rd State Senate District), Sam McCann (49th State Senate District).
All six of these candidates are strong conservatives ready to make a difference for the people of Illinois.
All six of these candidates are focused on bring down taxes, fixing the state and national budget crisis, creating jobs, and are pro-life. These are some of the many reasons why the Illinois Conservatives have chosen these six to be the groups first endorsements of the general election.
Bill Brady, Jason Plummer, Cedra Crenshaw, and Sam McCann will be able to work together in Springfield to fix many of the problems facing our state. These four will be strong voices against the Madigan Machine.
Don Manzullo and Bobby Schilling will stand up against Nancy Pelosi and her liberal agenda and bring a conservative voice to Washington DC.
The Illinois Conservatives that is primarily on facebook with over 2,875 members statewide. If you would like to join visit facebook.com and search Illinois Conservatives.
Zachary S. Oltmanns
President of the Illinois Conservatives
15th Congressional District (-R- Tim Johnson)
Many few Tim Johnson as the most moderate Republican from Illinois outside the Chicago area. This district has been represented by the GOP since 1977. This district also voted for Bush both times and McCain in 2008. Tim Johnson is being challenged by David Gill. The GOP is poised to hold this seat. Johnson holds the money advantage $192,497 to Gill’s $17,114. Not a real strong conservative in the race but Johnson would be better then another yes vote for Obama.
16th Congressional District (-R- Don Manzullo)
Don Manzullo looking strong as usual in the 16th. The Incumbent Manzullo has $429,324 on hand. Democrat challenger George Gaulrapp has only $5,302 on hand. George has gotten very little help from the Democratic Party as well. Manzullo has served this district since 1993. He has stood opposed to moving suspected Terrorist to the Thompson Prison. Manzullo has gotten over 66% of the vote since 2000. An easy win for Manzullo and the GOP. Great win for conservatives!
17th Congressional District (-D- Phil Hare)
The 17th district is another district here in Illinois that the GOP hopes to pick up. A new poll came out showing GOP Challenger Robert Schilling beating the Incumbent Hare 45-32. Hare is a big Pro-Choice democrat. Him and the Speaker work hand and hand on most issues. During the Obamacare drama Hare was caught saying “I don’t worry about the constitution on this to be honest.” This shows just how far out there Mr. Hare is. As conservatives we need to elect Bobby Schilling.
18th Congressional District (-R- Aaron Schock)
Aaron Schock looks like a lock to win re-election. Also, this district hasn’t been represented by a Democrat since 1939. Most consider Aaron to be a fiscal conservative but more moderate on the social issues. Aaron is facing Deidre Hirner. Hirner has $16,727 to the Incumbents $430,736.
19th Congressional District (-R- John Shimkus)
John Shimkus looks like another safe Republican here in Illinois. He is facing a very light challenger in Tim Bagwell. The FEC report shows that Bagwell has $4,546 in the bank compared to the Incumbents $1.4 million. Bagwell and Shimkus faced off back in 2004 with Shimkus prevailing 69%-31%. Look for Shimkus to easily be re-elected in the 19th.
The best way and really the only way for Conservatives to take back this state is for us to work together. We need to run something close to a statewide campaign to take back this State. As the President of the Illinois Conservatives I have tried to instill this idea on my fellow leadership members. You know the Madigan-Chicago Machine will be organized. We need to work together. I know that most if not all the Tea Party groups’ wont support Kirk and most if not all the GOP Central Committees will support Kirk. So lets move on to something we can agree about. How about Bill Brady and Jason Plummer? How about guys like Peter Roskam, Don Manzullo, Robert Schilling, Randy Hultgren, etc. We have to run a campaign to make this happen. We have to retake our state. The Madigan machine will do everything they can to win and I mean everything. Morally I don’t think any of us want to do the things Madigan does. Although a true grassroots campaign with all of us working together will be successful I will promise you that. The Madigan-Chicago machine has gotten the first victory of this election cycle with the judicial decision not to let Cedra Crenshaw on the ballot. She is an African American mother just trying to help her state. The machine doesn’t care what sex you are or what color you are. If you don’t agree with them you are a target. So today I am calling on ALL conservatives and conservative groups throughout the state to come together. This includes 9-12 groups, Tea Party Groups, GOP central committees, Young Republican Groups, and etc. The Illinois Conservatives will join hands with you guys and get to work in our broken state. So, the process of taking back our state starts today!
Zachary S. Oltmanns
President of the Illinois Conservatives