Ex-felon (burglaries, armed robberies, aggravated battery) to be GOP candidate running for Jesse Jackson, Jr. House seat

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Jesse Jackson, Jr.'s House seat is up for grabs. Ex-con Paul McKinley beat his Republican opponent by only 23 votes (!), so by some miracle, he will face off with Democrat Robin Kelly for that seat. Incidentally, she received an F rating from the National Rifle Association:

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And yes, you read my first sentence correctly. McKinley's an ex-con.

Republicans are hiding under tables and putting bags over their heads to avoid being associated with their victorious candidate. Gee, can't imagine why.

Via the Chicago Tribune:

Republican voters are suggesting the 2nd Congressional District replace one felon with another after picking ex-convict Paul McKinley as the candidate to run for the seat recently ceded by former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. [...]

McKinley, a convicted felon who served nearly 20 years in state prison for burglaries, armed robberies and aggravated battery, declared victory. Wallace, however, was not willing to concede, and he called the prospect of McKinley representing the GOP "an embarrassment." [...]

[T]he state's Republican leadership was coming to grips with the fact that its party had just nominated someone with a long rap sheet...

Maybe they should have chosen this guy instead. He sounds way more appealing:

Here is the heart-wrenching segment that Rachel Maddow previewed in the TRMS video above:

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  • mellowjohn

    according to the Chicago Sun-TImes, he was paroled in 1997, registered to vote (legal for ex-felons in Illinois) (i think) the same year, BUT HAS NEVER BOTHERED TO ACTUALLY SHOW UP TO VOTE since.
    as i said on your facebook post, he's obviously trying to make the leap from blue collar to white collar crime.
    a perfect republican in all meanings of the word.