On Tuesday Feb. 26 Paul McKinley won the Republican primary for a special election to fill the vacancy left by disgraced former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., according to the Patch. Citizens of Illinois might be used to our officials going to jail, but rarely does a felon who spent 20 years behind bars win a primary.
According to a post made by Fox Chicago News on Facebook, Mr. McKinley has quite the sordid history. To begin with he owes $14,147 in taxes to the Federal Government. In his adult life the Republican nominee has been convicted of 6 felony counts for burglaries, aggravated battery, and armed robberies leading to his 20 years in jail.
On his website the candidate says, “You’ll hear me say, ‘I’m not running against a candidate, I’m running against the Machine.’ That’s because the Chicago Machine has run roughshod over our community for not years, but decades.”
McKinley also includes in his platform that, ”Our community is under siege, and it’s not because of guns. It’s because of decades of Machine-controlled Democrat policies that leave out children without a hope for a future or a job.”
It remains to be seen what kind of challenge McKinley can be for Democratic candidate Robin Kelly on Apr. 9.