Adam Kinzinger is a committed conservative. However, that commitment does not extend to supporting Donald Trump and his Big Lie that the 2020 election was stolen and that Vice-President Mike Pence had the power to throw out votes when the electoral votes were being certified in the Capitol on January 6.
Kinzinger calls the obsequiousness by Republicans to Trump, “capitulating to a false narrative and a dangerous attack on democracy.”
Trump Republicans call that heresy.
And Kinzinger doesn’t hold back, calling out his Republican colleagues who place allegiance to Trump and his lies ahead of policy making.
“Marjorie Taylor Greene,” Kinzinger tells New York Times reporter, David Marchese, “I give her credit for probably achieving what she intended to achieve, which is: I don’t care about the damage I’m doing; I want to be famous and raise money. Congratulations. That’s not a serious legislator. She’s not on committees. She’s a freshman.
“No offense to freshmen, but I have no legislative need to have conversations with her. I also see what she’s doing as dangerous to the country, and so I have no need to be her friend. I’m not going to go sit down in a corner and convince her of my side. And if I do, then about 10 minutes later she’ll be taken over again by the desire to raise money. But I get along with the vast majority of the Republican conference,” Kinzinger says.
Kinzinger, a former lieutenant colonel in the Iraq war, and has served in the House since 2011. He currently sits on the Climate Solutions Caucus, Committee on Energy and Commerce, and Foreign Affairs.
He became one of 35 Republicans who joined Democrats in voting to approve legislation for a committee to investigate the January 6 attack on the Capitol. The Illinois Republican has become so disenchanted with much of the party’s continuing support of Donald Trump that he created a new website, Country First.
“The Republican Party has lost its way,” Kinzinger said in a video statement. “If we are to lead again, we need to muster the courage to remember who we are.”
“We need to remember what we believe and why we believe it. Looking in the mirror can be hard, but the time has come to choose what kind of party we will be, and what kind of future we’ll fight to bring about,” he added.
Adam Kinzinger is not the only example of politicians who put responsibility before party.
In Utah’s gubernatorial race last year, Republican Spencer Cox and Democrat Chris Peterson appeared in the same ad with one inspiring, never-before-seen moment.
“I’m Spencer Cox, your Republican candidate for Utah Governor.”
“And I’m Chris Peterson, your Democratic candidate for Governor.”
Cox: We are currently in the final days of campaigning against each other.
Peterson: But our common values transcend our political differences and the strength of our nation rests on our ability to see that.
Cox: We are both equally dedicated to the American values of democracy, liberty, and justice for all people.
Peterson: We just have different opinions on how to achieve those ideals.
Cox: But today, we are setting aside those differences to deliver a message that is critical for the health of our nation.
Peterson: That whether you vote by mail or in person, we will fully support the results of the upcoming presidential election, regardless of the outcome.
Cox: Although we sit on different sides of the aisle, we are both committed to American stability and a peaceful transition of power.
Peterson: We hope Utah will be an example for the nation.
Cox: Because that is what our country is built on.
Peterson: Please stand with us on behalf of our great state and union.
Cox: My name is Spence Cox.
Peterson: And I’m Chris Peterson.
Cox and Peterson: And we approved this message.
Isn’t this the way democracy is supposed to work?