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Primary Challenge Alert: IL 15th District Rep. John Shimkus (R)

[mc_name name=”Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL)” chamber=”house” mcid=”S000364″ ] as of today has a primary challenger & that challenger is IL State Senator Kyle McCarter.

For those of you that were chomping at the bit to get rid of [mc_name name=”Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)” chamber=”house” mcid=”B000589″ ], this primary fight should be icing on the cake.

[mc_name name=”Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL)” chamber=”house” mcid=”S000364″ ] has been my Congressman for 20 years. In that time, he has done little to nothing as our district’s representative in Congress. His voting record continues to get worse & now boasts a worse Heritage score than [mc_name name=”Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)” chamber=”senate” mcid=”M000355″ ].

[mc_name name=”Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL)” chamber=”house” mcid=”S000364″ ] has plenty of baggage outside of his voting record in Congress. First & foremost, he never really answered anyone or to anyone during the Mark Foley House Page scandal of which program Shimkus was the head.

Shimkus broke his self-imposed term limit years ago without looking back.

Shimkus has continued to support PLAs despite pleas from his district to vote to overturn President Obama’s Executive Order that instituted them.

Shimkus has the worst bill sponsorship record in the Illinois Delegation & the 2nd worst bill introduction in that same delegation. He ranks in the top 20% of all House Representatives for missed votes. Shimkus has never, in 20 years, held a committee chair. Shimkus, in 20 years, has never had a bill enacted into law. Finally, Shimkus ranked the LOWEST in government transparency according to GovTrack.us where you can find all the above.

Shimkus protested Planned Parenthood but follows that up by voting to fund Planned Parenthood. As Kyle McCarter says, “we deserve better than that”.

Kyle McCarter is the opposite of Shimkus. McCarter has been fiercely independently conservative while in the Illinois Capitol which has earned him the rebuke of liberals in Illinois (no surprise) & within the leadership of the Illinois GOP (no surprise there either). McCarter is an independent businessman who lets his faith in God & his belief in conservative principles guide his thoughts, actions & votes.

I have volunteered in the past for both Shimkus & McCarter. In fact, Rep. Shimkus’ campaign was the very first campaign I worked on when I was 16 years old. I used to preach about how John Shimkus was everything right with politics. I have watched for years as DC has corrupted a good man & has warped him into an unrecognizable caricature of who he once was.

Watch the video below from Effingham’s WXEF’s Greg Sapp. I hope you spread the word about Kyle McCarter. He should be the next IL 15th Congressman.