Kinzinger pushes for an “uneasy alliance” to thwart Trump’s allies

New York (AP) — In the high stakes battle for the future of the GOP, Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger is calling for a “uneasy alliance” with the Republicans to fight the influence of former President Donald Trump.

Kinzinger, one of Trump’s most fierce Republican critics in Congress, will launch a new campaign to convince non-Republicans to support anti-Trump Republican candidates in GOP primaries nationwide later this year. Directed to his political organization. Experts suggest that this practice, also known as a “party raid,” will be difficult to implement on a large scale, but Kinzinger fails to change Republican Trump’s support for democracy. He warned that it could be detrimental or even lead to a “failed state.”

“People need to wake up to their true potential,” Kinzinger, who hasn’t asked for reelection this fall, told The Associated Press.

There are few modern examples of incumbent Republicans openly asking Democrats to help dismiss the former president of their party.

Kinzinger’s plan is Trump’s adversary when fighting to drive trumpism out of the Republican Party, using an existing political system that provides little control to party leaders when voters line up behind radicals. It emphasizes the extraordinary challenges faced by those. At the same time, Trump’s allies manage Republican infrastructure at the state and national levels, in addition to financing.

Without a doubt, the Republican National Committee is considering a resolution to expel Kinzinger from the GOP during this week’s Winter Meeting in Utah.

“This announcement by him only reinforces why he should be expelled from the Republican National Committee,” said Trump’s ally David Bossy, who sponsored the RNC resolution to expel Kinzinger from the party. .. “He is actively trying to beat his colleagues and no longer believes in our shared conservative Republican values.”

Kinzinger, a 43-year-old military pilot who does not seek reelection at the end of the year, first publicly covered his new strategy in an interview with AP on Tuesday. “A political organization whose purpose is to wipe out Trump from the Republicans.

The group claims to have recruited more than 100,000 members throughout the first year, including 4,000 volunteers. Country First has also raised more than $ 2 million, including about $ 250,000 over the last 45 days. But that’s tiny compared to Trump, which has raised over $ 100 million in political organizations since resigning a year ago.

Trump also plans to use the cash in his campaign to shape the primary.

Following the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, he actively called for primary opposition to impeach the ten Republicans who joined the Democratic Party. Three, including Kinzinger, have decided not to seek reelection, while others are already facing major challengers.

“We are vulnerable,” admitted Kinzinger. “But if the weak do not come and fight … nothing will change.”

The new focus on Republican primaries represents a strategic shift in Kinzinger’s network, Country First. The network spent most of last year supporting anti-Trump Republican candidates in the general election, with varying levels of success.

Country First boosted the winner in eight of the 11 State Capitol races held in Virginia and New Jersey last November. However, Kinzinger’s candidate in the hottest special parliamentary elections in Texas last May finished ninth with only 3% of the votes.

Kinzinger’s new campaign is designed to attack the roots of trumpism, which is spreading with little resistance in the Republican nomination process. The majority of Republican-owned legislative seats are uncompetitive due to gerrymandering and cultural tendencies, so lawmakers say which candidates will appear on the primary election polls for Trump-backed “radicals.” Claims that it can only be stopped in the Republican primary to decide.

However, because Republican primaries are often decided by the most passionate partisans (in this case, Trump supporters), Kinzinger will change the composition of the Republican primaries to include more moderate voters and Democrats. I hope that.

This week, his group posted detailed instructions on its website for Democratic and independent voters on how to participate in future Republican primaries. Approximately 20 states have what’s called an “open” primary in which voters from either party can participate, but even in states that conclude major contests for non-Republicans, Kinzinger says voters change parties. Say you have time to do it. Temporarily — to GOP.

According to Kinzinger Chief of Staff co-founder Austin Weatherford, Country First should focus on which race to transform the Republican primary, or how to vote for it. We have not yet decided if we need to reach it. In many districts, there is no viable alternative to candidates along Trump.

According to Weatherford, a team of law students and other volunteers are currently looking at political maps to determine which race will be the top target.

Most primaries are months away, but the Texas primaries scheduled for March 1st provide early testing. Kinzinger’s team is aiming to be the primary racer to replace Louie Gohmert, a voiced Trump supporter running for Prosecutor General.

History is not a good omen for Kinzinger.

Caitlin Juitt, a professor of political science at Virginia Tech, said similar strategic voting calls in the 2008 and 2020 presidential elections had little effect.

In such cases, the Republicans urged voters to interfere with the Democratic primary. For example, in 2020, Trump encouraged his supporters to vote for Senator Bernie Sanders.

“I don’t think it works on a large scale,” Jewitt said.

Professor Charles Franklin, director of the Marquette Law School polls, asked voters in recent elections about their willingness to vote in their primary elections.

“Our survey data did not show the significant degree of such crossover voting for strategic purposes,” he said. “It’s very unprecedented.”

Franklin said Kinzinger’s strategy is also likely to be “quite controversial.”

“In many states, it is perfectly legal to cross over and vote for another party’s primary, but as long as we still have the norm, one party that interferes with the other party’s primary It’s out of the norm. “