Judy Baar Topinka should become a Democrat, William Kelly says

Chicago, Illinois, November 28, 2012 – Conservative commentator William J. Kelly has issued the following statement regarding Illinois comptroller Judy Baar Topinka:

Due to Illinois comptroller Judy Baar Topinka’s stated support for legislation that will allow driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants, I am calling on her to make it official: switch parties and run as a Democrat in 2014.

The reason we have political parties and platforms is so that voters know what and who they are really voting for. Political candidates betray voter trust by running on one set of principles and then politically jumping ship. In this case, the Republican Party platform clearly opposes illegal immigration. Can you be a Republican and support or encourage illegal immigration? I do not believe you can.

I became a Republican because it was the party of law and order. That is what the GOP stands for. As Republicans and as Americans, we cannot support policies that sanction illegal activity or undermine our national sovereignty.

So why is Judy Baar Topinka supporting this legislation? As usual, she is pandering for votes. It’s not about principle; it’s about elections.

The Highway Safety Coalition, a pro-immigration rights interest group, says that more than 79,000 accidents a year are caused by uninsured undocumented workers in Illinois. And the only solution Springfield lawmakers can come up with is to issue repeat lawbreakers state-issued IDs?

The legislation being considered during the current Springfield veto session will only attract more illegal immigration to Illinois and perhaps that is what some lawmakers want but it is not what Illinois needs.

I am calling on all voters to join together in a non-partisan coalition to stand up for legal citizenship, the rule of law, and to oppose this legislation now.

To contact the Illinois comptroller’s office, call (217) 782-6000. You can call any member of the Illinois General Assembly at the Capitol in Springfield by calling the Capitol Switchboard at (217) 782-2000 and asking for you Illinois State Representative or Illinois State Senator by name.


William J. Kelly is the Chairman of FreeCapitalismNow.com, a non-profit organization.  He writes a weekly column for the DC-based Communities at the Washington Times and contributes to national publications like the American Spectator and Breitbart.com. He is a former statewide candidate for Illinois comptroller.

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3 thoughts on “Judy Baar Topinka should become a Democrat, William Kelly says

  1. I disagree. I think that breaking on law should not cascade into the person being forced to break other laws. Yes, those people are here illegally, and they are breaking the law. But because of how laws are written, they also then are forced to break other laws, including the law that requires a license to drive and automobile accident liability coverage/insurance. Do you want to be hit by someone that has insurance or someone that does not? And I’m not talking about being hit while driving your own car. I know all about uninsured motorist coverage. I’m talking about if you’re out in the world, walking in a parking lot, or walking across a street, and you’re hit. Some uninsured motorist insurance doesn’t cover you if you’re not in your car. You’re then hit with either medical bills (if you have no insurance) or a co-pay and/or deductible if you do have insurance.

    I don’t think it is promoting illegal immigration. Did not giving licenses stop these people from coming in illegally?

    I respectfully disagree with your opinion here, and I consider myself a Republican, too. For far too long, we moderates have “gone along to get along” with the rest of the party. But as former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman would say, “It’s my party, too.” This purity test for politicians in political parties is the entire reason nothing is getting done anymore — we’re in gridlock because everyone is shoved to the extremes. Sorry, but I can be a pro-life, pro-gay, pro-Second Amendment Republican in downstate Illinois, support private sector unions, and also support health care reform while backing all of it up with Republican values: personal responsibility, personal responsibility, personal responsibility. It may not mesh well with your views, and I respect that. Please respect mine. Thanks.

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