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May 21, 2013
Dear Fellow Republican,
I wish it wasn’t necessary for me to write you this letter. There are many things personally and professionally that I would like to devote the rest of my life to. And to be perfectly honest with you, politics isn’t one of them.
But just like you, as somebody who loves my country, I refuse to turn my back, close my eyes, cover my ears, shirk my responsibility, and pretend that everything is all right. You and I both know that everything is not all right. And the recent scandals coming out of Washington – the IRS, AP, Benghazi – prove that it is only getting worse
What do all of these things have in common? For starters, liberal one party rule – local, state, and national. But even more so, Chicago machine Democrat party rule. And the one person who is at the heart of everything that is wrong in our country today is none other than our own U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois.
Now I wish I could be in your living room right now talking with you about this face to face. But time will simply not permit that. I am wrestling right now with a very important decision. I am considering running in the Republican primary to challenge Dick Durbin for the U.S. Senate in 2014. And let me be very clear, I am not asking you for a single dime. I am asking you for something much more valuable – for your careful consideration of my record, your advice as to how I should proceed, and your prayers.
It’s hard to believe but I have known many of you for 20+ years dating back to 1992 working on Pat Buchanan’s campaign for President in Illinois. (For those of you who are more recent friends, watch my video documentary, “A Conservative in Chicago.”) Many of you were with me in ’94 when I ran for Congress against former Black Panther Defense Minister Bobby Rush. I knew it was a racially gerrymandered congressional district but, as you know, I am not one to shy away from a fight.
My experience in 1994 also taught me another valuable lesson; that we need more conservatives in media and entertainment. After the campaign, I started a production company from scratch and today it is an Emmy award-winning TV production company. Conservatives should never have ceded the entertainment industry to the left.
But the election of Barack Obama and the birth of the Tea Party movement inspired me to rejoin the political frontlines of activism. And, in 2010, I ran statewide for Illinois comptroller in order to open the books and expose the insider deals. That race opened more doors. I began as a contract columnist for national publications and a contributor to the American Spectator and Breitbart.com. I used my radio show on AM 560 WIND to go after Rahm Emanuel on the issues – the issues the mainstream media didn’t intend to cover. That infuriated the mainstream media too.
The Illinois GOP wasn’t doing anything to challenge Rahm Emanuel in his race for mayor in 2011. So I joined the challenge to Rahm’s petitions on the basis of residency and teamed up with the great Dick Morris to produce an ad campaign against him. Why? Because no one else was.
The point is: The deck may be stacked up against most Republicans in Illinois – but that doesn’t mean you cede tough elections to Democrats. That’s why this election calls for the right candidate with the right convictions, creativity, and tactics.
I have proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that I have the courage of my convictions, the creativity to get our message out in a hostile media environment, and the courage to take it to our opponent face-to-face.
It is clear now that we are in an unconventional fight for the future so it is an unconventional but principled fighter that we so desperately need.
Thank you for your consideration. Please feel free to contact me directly to share your thoughts at 312-768-8683.
Chicago, Illinois, January 27, 2013 – This afternoon, Gov. Pat Quinn signed SB 957 into law, granting illegal aliens state-issued driver’s licenses in Illinois. The new law does not require fingerprinting, a valid passport, or proof of auto insurance.
“This bill has been fast-tracked from the beginning. The citizens of Illinois did not want this bill. Law enforcement did not want this bill,” said Kelly. “Politicians wanted this bill for political reasons, not public policy. It’s just more pay-to-play politics in Illinois. But Safer Families will work for the repeal of this terrible bill by any means necessary.”
Kelly says that politicians not only ignored the strong opposition from law enforcement but participated in dishonest tactics to get the bill to the Illinois house floor. Kelly says the group will organize a state-wide petition drive to put a referendum on the ballot.
“Keep in mind that 16 of 18 states that had similar legislation have already repealed it,” Kelly says. “I guarantee you we will be the 17th.
The Illinois Association of Police Chiefs strongly opposed the bill. Only three Illinois sheriffs supported the measure. Sheriff Mark Curran who recently compared U.S. immigration law to Nazis was the only member of law enforcement to testify in favor of the bill.
Driver’s license fraud is rampant in the states that have granted driver’s licenses for undocumented workers. In June, nine people were arrested in a national driver’s license fraud ring in New Mexico involving the sale of hundreds of illegal licenses to foreigners in Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Documents like rental agreements, utility bills, vehicle titles, and proof of insurance were forged to get the licenses. Illinois currently has a problem with a Chinatown driver’s license ring being investigated by the FBI involving the Illinois Secretary of State’s office.
The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) has made past statements against the use of consular IDs, saying they invite fraud. But the ICIRR recommended the use of consular IDs in the Illinois legislation. Consular IDs – not valid passports – are the only requirement.
“All we have heard from SB 957’s proponents in Springfield is that we – the people of Illinois – need to “trust them” on this bill. Illinois politicians tell us that they know what they are doing and there won’t be any fraud or abuse. But Illinois politicians haven’t earned our trust.”