“GOP has Choice to Make with Mounting Opposition to RINO-Republicans in Key Offices Nationally,” Says Kelly


From William J. Kelly, GOP candidate for Illinois Comptroller

I began my career as Executive Director of the National Taxpayers United of Illinois, an affiliate of the National Taxpayers Union, where I developed  what would be a lifelong passion for activism. It wasn’t easy work but it was meaningful. After many petition drives and political campaigns for candidates and causes, I watched the media news outlets ignore our news. As a result, I learned to be much more creative and bold. No one and nothing was off limits. In 1994, I questioned Bill Clinton about his broken promise to the middle class on taxes, which was the subject of a National Review article called, “Rebel with a Cause.” (http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1282/is_n8_v46/ai_15212085/)

Then, I ran against former Black Panther Rep. Bobby Rush and used it as a way to focus a spotlight on his then $50,000 in unpaid back taxes, child support and parking tickets. As a candidate and as a person, I will never hesitate to call out our representatives on their double standards and hypocrisy.  In his campaign for the presidency, Barack Obama talked extensively about the value of being a “community activist.” But, it is even more critical now to be active and to speak out as a middle class American and as an American in general. With every tax increase, every bailout, every TARP, and every push towards rationing and government-run healthcare, our freedoms are being ripped from underneath us. However, we are not powerless. Our vote counts and, by voting for the right people, we can take our freedoms back. Who are the right people? Well, one thing is for certain. We need candidates who have proven that they mean what they say – no matter the political consequences. We don’t need candidates who just plagiarize position papers. That is lesson # 1 for the Illinois Republican party. 

People with a middle class or conservative mindset tend to “shy away” from the media, comedy and entertainment industries and that has proved disastrous for making sure our ideas and principles are represented in the popular culture. In 2009, we saw the power of TV, entertainment, and comedy with the election of Barack Obama. That is why it is more people with everyday American values need to participate in the media and entertainment industries. After many years in politics, in 2002, I formed a TV production company and earned an Emmy for a TV series called Upscale TV, an everyman’s funny search for the good life. Leveraging four years on FOX, we currently produce another TV series called “William Kelly’s Sportsaholic.” (www.sportsaholictv.com). After being on TV and appearing statewide throughout the Midwest, I learned something truly valuable: If people like you, they are much more likely to listen to what you have to say and a big part of that is “being real.” That is one lesson for #2 for the Republican party: Be for real. These two fundamental ideas are a part of why I am running for office in 2010 and because I really want to change things, not just say that I do.

I am running on a platform to be Illinois’ first activist comptroller – to bring in real government watchdogs to put a spotlight on waste and corruption, to help create economic opportunity in the form of business incentives and job creation to a state that I love. If you are capable of thinking outside the box, you realize that the Comptroller’s office can be more than the office that auto-writes signatures on checks or oversees the cemetery system – and that is what I plan to do.

I originally fell in love with the Republican party because it was the pro-business party of entrepreneurs and hard-working real people. Where did that party go? Rather than complain about it, I realized that – just like in any relationship, maybe it is up to me to fix it. Maybe it is up to truly passionate people who believe in something to restore the balance of power – and not the Republican v. Democrat balance of power. What I am referring to is the balance of power that empowers real people to confront a too-powerful, corrupt, and irresponsible government. That is the true balance of power that needs to be restored. That is lesson # 3 for the Illinois Republican party. To be the party of the people.

Incumbent democrats have one answer to every problem: Raise taxes. That is what they call “revenue.” But taxes are NOT revenue. Revenue is what you earn, not what you take. Anyone who has had a business knows that. People who work everyday to earn a paycheck…they know that too. This is the best chance we have – perhaps in our lifetimes – to turn the state around and bring it back into the hands of real people.  It is our best chance to build a real Republican party of REAL Republicans. This will be a no-holds-barred fight for real reform and there will be many obstacles along the way. And one of the greatest challenges we have is to overcome the false Republicans that are part of the establishment Republican party in Illinois.

One of those false Republicans is Judy Baar Topinka, my opponent in the race for GOP Comptroller. If you watch this video above and believe, with me, that Topinka is neither the future of the Republican party nor represents mainstream Republican values in any way, please join our campaign today at www.friendsofwilliamjkelly.com.



  1. I have been screaming about the stupid move some want, to the left. Conservatism takes time to explain and teach, but anyone with an oz. of gray matter will understand that it’s better to make your own decisisions for yourself and your family than it is to allow some Government agency to do it!!!

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