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Kinzinger is fearful of constituents

To the editor:

So much goes un-reported regarding Rep. Adam Kinzinger. Last spring, when H.R. 1628 (repeal of ACA taking away healthcare from 23 million) was being voted on I joined in a ‘sit-in’ at his office on Lyford Avenue in Rockford.

I was the first to get there at 8 a.m. and wore my clerical to indicate that I come to the issue from a faith perspective. Within minutes, a police car arrived in the parking lot and faced the entrance to his office – headlights left on and glaring at me. Two others joined me for the ‘sit-in: another pastor and individual all of us residing in the 16th District.

While we waited we approached the officer and politely asked why he was there. He told us “at the request of Adam Kinzinger's office.” We asked why. The officer responded that he was to make sure the representative's office workers were neither harassed nor prevented from entering.

We went back sitting on the picnic tables outside the office. One staff worker passed us by, not even acknowledging our presence. He had no problem entering. He completely ignored us.

We again approached the officer. He decided to depart since he found no reason to police the friendly assembled constituents using their Constitutional right to voice their concerns.

I felt offended and mistrusted by our representative. Rather than be there or send someone to greet us and listen to our concerns, Kinzinger sent the police. This is how he treats legitimate concerns from his constituents.

At the Civility Meeting in Rockford, he told us he pays no attention to postings on his Facebook page because they are so often mean spirited and offensive.

Maybe Adam should consider what is behind the outrage. As a clergyman, I am not angry at Adam, but am outraged by his policies. He is a nice guy.

I have been told his dad ran a soup kitchen. Bless you!

However, GOP policies continue to redistribute wealth upward. Adam cherry picks what he reveals about Tax Reform. That bill includes knocking 13 million people off of healthcare. Middle and lower class tax cuts expire, while the business cut of 17 percent is permanent. Adam’s policies do not help the ‘least of these’.

We need a new representative who does not fear his constituents and champions the least of these.

Rev. Kenneth R. Storck


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