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Man Running For JJ JR’s Seat Is New GOP Model

From the Daily Caller:

Lone Republican running for Jesse Jackson Jr.’s House seat: No to voter ID, yes to affirmative action

By Jana Benscoter | December 5, 2012

The lone Republican in the race to succeed the disgraced former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. isn’t a typical GOP candidate. He supports affirmative action — “for at least one more generation.” He won’t agree to anti-tax pledges in the face of the fiscal cliff. He spoke against voter ID laws this year during an NAACP press conference. And he’s no fan of efforts to roll back Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.

But in a sea of Democratic rivals — about 12 so far — and in a Chicago political scene that favors liberal politics, Lenny McAllister just might fit right in.

"Fit in"? According to some party fathers top Republican leaders and pundits, Lenny McAllister should be the model for all future Republican candidates.

Mr. McAllister agrees with the Democrats on practically every issue. He’s for higher taxes, against voter ID, pro-abortion, and for affirmative action. He has no political experience, and so no record.

And on top of everything else, he is black. Though, sadly, he is not Hispanic or female or a homosexual. But you can’t have everything.

Democrats on Chicago’s South Side have held on to the 2nd Congressional District seat for more than a half-century. The last Republican to win in that part of the state did it in 1950.

McAllister has no legislative experience, and he has never won an election. He ran in two local races, losing each time, in North Carolina.

He faces a field of Democrats that reportedly includes defense attorney Sam Adams Jr., who defended accused pedophile R. Kelly and former Illinois Gov. Rob Blagojevich. Napoleon Harris, a former NFL running back who just won a state Senate race, is another. Illinois state Sen. Toi Hutchinson is a candidate too, representing the uber-wealthy village of Olympia Fields. Even Jonathan Jackson — Jesse Jackson Jr.’s brother — is in the race…

The Daily Caller fails to note that many Democrats are worried that a white woman, former Rep. Debbie Halvorson, will win the Democrat nomination. But even if that happens, McAllister probably still won’t win, even though being black usually trumps being female.

But being Democrat always trumps being a Republican, at least in some quarters. Even if the Republican is as Democrat as the Democrat.

The Pennsylvania native has written for Politic365, a website that caters to African-American politics. That outlet published a transcript of McAllister’s remarks during a September 2012 NAACP press event in Philadelphia. In that appearance, McAllister warned Republicans “against taking back America by taking away legitimate access to ballot boxes.”

McAllister told The Daily Caller in a phone interview that he is not in sync with the platform from the 2012 Republican National Convention.

“I believe in affirmative action for at least one more generation, until the economic employment and education disparities in America begin to shrink permanently,” he said.

“Another example is our approach to abortion. The most effective way for pro-life Republicans like me to weaken Roe v. Wade is to make Roe v. Wade irrelevant through education, advocacy and respectful activism. Through those efforts, one day Roe v. Wade may fall off the books without much notice or divisiveness.”

And given what he called “Republicans’ willingness to negotiate taxing the [top] 2 percent” of income-earners, McAllister told TheDC that he wouldn’t adhere to any anti-tax pledges if he should pull off an election-day miracle.

“I adamantly support and understand the need to support tax rates that facilitate business investment into struggling urban environments, such as the Northern part of the 2nd district,” he said…

Yep, he is a Democrat all right, in everything but his party registration. But it still won’t help him.

Which is why it is so important to the Democrats that a candidate’s party affiliation is listed on the ballot, especially in ‘low information voter’ districts.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, December 5th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Man Running For JJ JR’s Seat Is New GOP Model”

  1. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    The GOP can moderate their positions all they like. They are still going to lose. We have become a single issue society. “How much money is the government going to give me” is the only real concern for voters. A GOP and DNC candidate can agree 100% on all issues except government handouts and the GOP candidate is always going to lose. The parasites class out numbers the productive class. Now it is about how much money you can hide away before the government comes for the ‘rich’ making more that $1 million, $500k, $250k, $100k, $50K?

  2. GetBackJack says:

    Article stands in stark rebuttal to American Spectator’s Peter Ferrara’s article today that “why, it’s about to break out into a whole new dawn of conservatives in charge!”

    Look! There’s a pony under all that stuff!!

  3. Mithrandir says:


    Ted Kennedy kills his mistress, 47 years in Senate.
    Robert Byrd member of KKK, 53 years in Senate.
    Jessie Jackson impregnates his mistress, cheering crowds.
    Eliot Spitzer has sex with a prostitute, own t.v. show.
    Al Sharpton a raging bigot, own t.v. show.
    Bill Clinton abuses women, cheering crowds.
    Obama a communist from a bigoted church, 8 years in White House.

    It doesn’t matter what they did, or what they say, either you are part of their protective tribe, or you will suffer.

    It always boggles my mind when people say, I don’t understand why people followed and supported Nazism in 1930s Germany!”–no idea huh? There was no benefit being a party member huh? They killed people, and made a dictatorship, and still the crowds turned out for them again and again.

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