On Thursday evening Illinois state Sen. Darin LaHood was on former congressman Joe Walsh’s radio show on AM 560 The Answer to talk about the upcoming special primary election in the 18th congressional district in Central Illinois to replace the disgraced [mc_name name=’Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’S001179′ ].
During the interview ahead of the election on July 7th, in the heavily Republican district the September general election is a simple formality, LaHood mentioned that he was proud of the support of the Tea Party groups in the district .
Saying, “I have 5 active Tea Party groups. I show up at all there events. I’m proud that they’re supporting me and my race for Congress.”
That is not true.
Tea Party leaders in Morton, McLean County, and Springfield are all supporting LaHood’s opponent Breitbart editor Mike Flynn.
In an email Morton Tea Party member Dave Hulliger said that he and the other members of the group were going to be supporting Flynn after finding out LaHood attended a $1,000 fundraiser with Speaker [mc_name name=’Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’B000589′ ] in Washington.
Huller said, “what changed my mind about Darin is when we just recently found out that the next day after Darin announced his candidacy, Darin flew off to Washington DC to meet with Boehner, received huge donations, and Boehner and another politician sponsored a $1000 a plate fund raiser for Darin. Our Tea Party members in Morton (and Peoria) just found this out – – after Darin came and spoke to our groups, taking questions about his support for Boehner, and obviously lying to us all the time. Anyone who knew exactly where to go for that kind of funding will not go against the speaker of the House or the Republican establishment.”
Sandy Dragoo with the Springfield Tea Party said, “The (Springfield Tea Party)does not endorse in primaries,each individual can endorse on their own own of course.”
With the Independence Day celebrations in full swing several members of the Springfield and McLean Tea Pary’s have been joining other grassroots supporters of Flynn at parades and other events over the weekend.
LaHood has recently gotten the endorsement of the National and state Rifle Associations, and is being heavily backed by the Chamber of Crony Capitalism. Nearly every establishment Republican in Illinois backed LaHood as soon as his name was mentioned as a replacement when Schock resigned following the disclosure of his gross misuse of campaign and office funds.
Flynn on the other hand has been getting the support of grassroots conservative leaders from around the country and conservative opinion leaders such as RedStates Erick Erickson and Texas congressman [mc_name name=’Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’G000552′ ] who was in the district this week to support Flynn.
Mulliger also said of Flynn, “We need the fire in the belly of someone like Mike Flynn to actually stand up and fight for us. Mike is not always the most personable and can be rude at times, but he is exactly what we need in DC fighting for us. And he will be living in his region when elected. I could just tell it when [mc_name name=’Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’G000552′ ] spoke about what Conservatives in the House can do when Mike is elected. I’m all for that. ”
cross posted from USofArn.com