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Goodbye: Anti-Trump Rep. Adam Kinzinger Won’t Seek Reelection

Adam Kinzinger (the man who was a media favorite for his anti-Trump diatribes) has declared that he will not run for reelection.

The news comes just weeks after Democrats in Illinois unveiled a new congressional map that significantly impacted Kinzinger’s chances of winning in 2022.

“I also remember during that campaign saying that if I ever thought it was time to move on from Congress, I would, and that time is now,” he said in a video posted Friday morning.

Kinzinger, one of 10 Republicans to have voted with Democrats for the impeachment of former President Donald Trump, played a significant role on the House Select Committee investigating the Capitol riot.

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Kinzinger Won’t Seek Reelection

Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) explained that he can’t focus on reelection to Congress when he must partake in “a broader fight nationwide.”

And indeed, it sounds as if the ‘Never Trumper’ is setting his sites on a different, if not higher office.

“I want to make it clear. This isn’t the end of my political future, but the beginning,” he said. “Serving six terms in Congress has been an honor of a lifetime.”

As they plotted to create a new congressional map, the Illinois Democrats were ready to throw out Kinzinger like an old toothpick.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that he would have had trouble winning regardless what had happened – and not just because of the Democrats.

“Kinzinger’s political problem is that he is a major target of the pro-Trump forces in the GOP and he would face a primary battle he may not survive no matter the district he picked to run in,” they wrote.

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Run for a Higher Office

There shouldn’t be any tears shed – this time – for Kinzinger’s announcement that he won’t seek reelection. His comment regarding a broader “nationwide” fight aligns with his views on his over-inflated self-worth.

Just days ago, he compared Republicans that stand up to Trump to Flight 93’s heroes in fighting back against terrorists.

“People have to stand up and say this is wrong,” Kinzinger said regarding Trump and his aides’ efforts to fight the House committee. “We’ve got to – if you think about heroics on Flight 93 that saved the Capitol in 2001, it wasn’t Todd Beamer alone.”

“It was everybody standing up and saying we’ve had enough,” he continued. “We’re going to sacrifice ourselves to do this, and right now we need more Republicans to stand up, and lead your people. Lead your people. Tell them the truth.”

Despite all this, the attention-loving Congressman refused to give up on a run for a higher office.

“I certainly wouldn’t rule out Senate or governor and anything else,” he said. “Maybe, who knows?”

A Politico column in August notes that those close to Kinzinger believe he may run for statewide office or “he could even mount a 2024 presidential bid.”

Democratic Rep. Mike Quigley sent his best wishes to his colleague.

“I’m going to miss Mr. Kinzinger in Congress,” Quigley told CNN. “And I hope he continues in public life with the kinds of things he’s doing, addressing the concerns we had with the Trump administration.”

 

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