McKenna the ‘Outsider’?

-By Warner Todd Huston

Andy McKenna recently vacated the Chairmanship of the Illinois Republican Party where he presided over the loss to the GOP of every statewide office. He was its Chairman for four years. It was recently hinted by new GOP Chair Pat Brady that McKenna is the favored candidate of the National Party in the race for Governor. It seems like Andy McKenna has the inside track on his late-emerged campaign for governor.

… yet McKenna is styling himself as an “outsider”?

In his newest ad appearing on both TV and radio, McKenna calls himself “Honest, outsider businessman Andy McKenna.”

One wonders how voters are expected to believe that a party insider that has for years been linked cheek by jowl to some of the most insidery of insiders is an “outsider businessman”?

As to National Party GOP Chairman Michael Steele, Ill. Chair Pat Brady is saying that the national party is committing to McKenna’s candidacy.

Brady said chairman Michael Steele told him that “significant help” was on the way for the likes of Mark Kirk and Andy McKenna, who are just a couple of promising Republicans in a state that has been solidly blue for decades.

Styling Andy McKenna an “outsider” is laughable and having the national party butt into our primary to side with non-conservatives like McKenna and Kirk shows why Republicans don’t trust any of them.

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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s,,,,,, Human Events Magazine,, and the New Media Journal, among many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs to discuss his opinion editorials and current events and is currently the co-host of “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Conservatism” heard on BlogTalkRadio. Warner is also the editor of the Cook County Page for

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