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Letter to the editor: Southern Ilinois GOP chairs condemn Kinzinger

updated: 2/12/2021 5:56 PM

To the editor: In a Southern Regional Zoom Meeting of Illinois County (Republican) chairmen on Jan. 19, 2021, it was agreed that the acts of U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger of the 16th Congressional District should not go unnoticed but rather, should be condemned.

Adam Kinzinger refuses to consider claims of illegality and fraud in the 2020 Presidential Election, as evidenced by his statement released on Jan, 6, 2021, in which he was dismissive of claims of voter fraud, stating the will of the people was made clear, and that Joseph R. Biden will be the 46th President of the United States ... and our Constitution was upheld.

Adding insult to the appalling injury already felt by the thousands of voters in southern Illinois who supported President Trump and our beloved Constitution, Rep. Kinzinger congratulates Joe Biden on his inauguration, just days after calling for President Donald Trump's impeachment.

The baseless public claims that Rep. Kinzinger has made against President Trump do not reflect the beliefs of the Southern Regional Chairmen nor largely those who we represent.

It has certainly taken its toll on our country and our party. We encourage One Mind, One Strength and No Division.

We thank President Trump for his service to this country, and wish the new administration all the best.

To date, 36 Republican chairmen/leaders have echoed their concerns and concurrence from the following counties throughout the 12th, 13th and 15th congressional districts in the Southern Region of the state of Illinois: Alexander; Christian; Clay; Clinton; Crawford; Cumberland; Edwards; Effingham; Fayette; Franklin; Gallatin; Greene; Hamilton; Hardin; Jackson; Jasper; Jefferson; Johnson; Lawrence; Madison; Marion; Massac; Montgomery; Perry; Pope; Pulaski; Randolph; Richland; Saline; Shelby; Union; Wabash; Washington; Wayne; White and Williamson.

Bruce Rodely, chairman
Perry County GOP