TIME TO DUMP THE INCUMBENT: JOHN SHIMKUS HAS COMPETITION IN THE PRIMARY
This is Michael Firsching.
He is not a lawyer. He is a veterinarian. He has served on many public boards, he has worked in the private sector all his life, he has had a successful business for years, and he is a student of the Constitution. You know, that document that is supposed to be the basis for all that goes on in this country.
In other words, he’s just a common, ordinary guy. Just like the rest of us. He understands what’s going on with our country and he’s interested in it.
This is what we should have as our “representative.” Someone who represents US, who is like a cross-section of those he is going to represent.
NOT a professional politician…like incumbent John Shimkus is.
Shimkus has been in office for far too long—since 1996. At that time he vowed that representatives such as himself should only serve a couple of terms, then get the hell out (presumably before the corruption set in). Then when he got in there and won a couple of terms, he decided that “for the good of the constiutents,” he needed to “stay on.”
Shimkus just hasn’t done anything really significant for the people of the 20th district (what he was originally elected to) nor for those of the 19th (what became of the district after the census was conducted in 2000 and we lost a congressional district down south).
And the sentiment here is that Shimkus has ceased to become one of us downstaters, representing the people of impoverished little southern Illinois, and has instead been doing whatever he can to enhance his career as a politician.
It might not seem like a big thing…but there are a lot of downstaters who are going to pull a Republican ballot Feb. 2 in order to vote for Judge Lowery for Senate (see upcoming posts).
So while taking the time to do this, those of you who have that ballot need to make sure and stick with the sentiment of “dump the incumbent.” In Shimkus’ case, do it early. Make him a lame duck as of Feb. 3, and cast your vote for the challenger. This is not a paid endorsement, btw. Just an injection of common sense into what has become a ridiculous parody of itself: U.S. politics.
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