Statement from William J. Kelly:
The political road we choose as Republicans is more critical to the future of our State and country than ever before. That is why we need good, principled leaders to choose the right road and to march down it without looking back.
That is why I am running for National Republican Committeeman.
The Illinois Republican Party is at a crossroads and it has been at one for some time: Are we the party that conspires with corrupt Democrat politicians and inIllinoisor the Party that former President Ronald Reagan would have been proud to call his philosophical home?
Are we the party that truly represents conservative principles, honest government, entrepreneurism, and individual liberty? Or are we the party that cuts deals with Democrats to ravage taxpayers, votes for gambling expansion, and Obamacare when we think voters are not looking i.e. before Memorial Day weekend?
Further, are we the party that defends the Republican Party platform or purposely remains mute when it is violated? Are we the party that is beholden to Republican primary voters or major donors who play both sides of the political fence waiting for the winds of self-interest to shift?
In other words, does the Illinois Republican Party stand for something? Or does it stand for nothing?
For any candidate running in earnest to represent the State ofIllinoisas National Republican Committeeman, there should not be a moment’s hesitation about where his or her true Republican loyalties lie.
As National Republican Committeeman representing Illinois in the Republican National Committee, there will be no doubt of my Republican loyalties and I make this promise: that I will fiercely defend the Republican Party platform from anyone so cowardly, deceptive, and selfish enough in our party to work against it.
As a teenager onChicago’s Southside, a place bereft of Republican influences, I was inspired by the bold vision of Ronald Reagan.
In 1993, after Bill Clinton had me removed from a townhall meeting for asking him about his broken promise of a middle class tax cut, the die was cast: I was a Republican for life.
In 1994 as part of Newt Gingrich’s Republican revolution, I ran against former Black Panther Defense Minister Rep. Bobby Rush and exposed his $50,000 in back taxes, unpaid child support, and parking tickets.
In 1995, I filed a federal lawsuit against the first and fourth Congressional districts charging that they were gerrymandered and unconstitutional. 43rd ward Republican committeeman Chris Cleveland was an expert in that suit which made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court. We lost 6-3 but we…fought.
Since then, for me, the battle for honest government – Republican government, conservative government – has never ended and never will.
So what will I do as Republican National Committeeman? Here’s my multi-point platform and vision:
1. As National Republican Committeeman, I will focus my efforts on coalition building, good will campaigns, and reshape our party’s fundraising strategy. We will focus on building donor relations with Republicans and conservatives –instead of major campaign bundlers for Barack Obama and Rahm Emanuel.
2. I will help refocus our party’s efforts on ethical fundraising, not schemes that raise the specter of financial impropriety or smack of “political money laundering” to evade campaign finance limits.
3. I will fight to ensure that the Illinois Republican Party becomes a big tent party – big enough to include conservative candidates and free market Republicans once again.
4. I will support SB35 which calls for direct elections of State Republican Party leaders on the State Central Committee. This will bring accountability to our party and restoreIllinoisto a two party political system once more.
5. I will call on current Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady to resign from his position. It is my opinion and those of many other Republicans that he has injured the Party’s efforts inIllinoisthrough his: election losses, loss of remap control, schemes that have called into question to party’s finances, and direct interference in Republican primary campaigns.
6. Finally, I will defend the Republican Party platform at all costs, call out, and put public pressure on those Republican candidates and leaders that work against it.
I am speaking to every Republican now; I urge everyone to attend the Illinois Republican Convention on June 8th AND 9th inTinley Park. June 8th is when the committee makes the real decisions about the party’s platform and future leadership. June 9th is when the voting takes place. Ask your county chairman if you can attend as a delegate so that you can vote at the convention. But even if you are not a delegate, attend as a voter so that you can see what is happening in your party.
On June 9th, there will be a floor vote called. If there is any name offered to you for National Committeeman other than “William J. Kelly,” please vote “NO.” As a delegate, you can demand that the National Committeeman Selection Committee reconvene and include my name as a candidate.
In short, I am calling on you – the Republican delegates to the Illinois Republican Convention – to demand real reform on June 8th and 9th by demanding the right to vote for me, William J. Kelly, for National Republican Committeeman.
My current opponents are two party insiders – one, Rich Williamson, the current Republican National Committeeman and Sandy Stuart, who is in charge of fundraising for the Illinois Republican Party and involved the party in some serious fundraising questions this year.
If I am elected your Republican National Committeeman, I will act on behalf of the Republican primary voters and their interests – not the interests of insiders. I will work to give the Illinois Republican Party back to the people – right where it belongs.
William J. Kelly