By: Peter Babb
When voters in Illinois go cast their vote next year, they will find a familiar name that will not be on the ballot. Illinois representative Adam Kinzinger announced on social media on Oct. 29 that he won’t seek reelection in 2022.
In his five-minute video, titled “The Next Chapter,” Kinzinger reminisced about when he first ran for Congress back in 2009. Kinzinger also criticized both political parties trying to seize more power in Congress rather than serve the American people.
“My disappointment in the leaders that don’t lead is huge,” said Kinzinger. “Because in this day, to prevail or survive you must belong to a tribe.” He noted that some of these politicians survive by appealing to the “most motivated and most extreme elements.”
Over the past few years, Kinzinger became a critic of former President Donald Trump and other republicans. Kinzinger was also one of ten Republicans that voted to impeach Trump back in January. Kinzinger is one of two Republicans selected on the Jan. 6 committee, investigating the insurrection at the U.S Capitol.
Kinzinger’s decision to step away did not surprise some of his colleagues.
Republican Rep. Ralph Norman of South Carolina told Politico, “I liked Adam as he served our country well, however his vocal views and votes did not fit with conservative objectives or directives, especially with the radical socialist agenda that we are battling with today.”
Trump was quick to celebrate the news, as he said in a statement emailed to his supporters: “2 down, 8 to go!”
Kinzinger did address that stepping away from Congress will not be the end of his career.”I want to make it clear, this isn’t the end of my political future, but the beginning.”