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Thursday, March 09, 2006


I am so pleased to add some vital endorsements to our constantly growing list!

Tuesday night, the Knox County Republican Women presented a highly professional public forum at Knox College in Galesburg for candidates--including those for the 17th District Congressional nomination, and for a local judgeship.

Terry Cavanaugh, a well-known radio newswoman in Galesburg, moderated.

Wednesday, I received the endorsement of the honorable Marc Young, Knox County Republican Party chairman.

Here is what he had to say in his endorsement:

Over the past year I have had the opportunity to meet with and get to know both Brian Gilliland and Jim Mowen. Due to the fact that Andrea Zinga was the 2004 Candidate, I have had the opportunity to know her longer ... But to me, It all comes down in my mind, as to electabilty in November. After conferring with other local Republicans and County GOP Chairmen here in the 17th Congressional, they basically feel as I do, that Andrea is the most electable. We have witnessed all of their hard work and tireless campaigning throughout the 17th. However, we all have concluded that we believe Andrea is a better choice for the entire District. That it, the 17th, is much larger than just Rock Island or Adams Counties. I agree with Jim, that in November that whoever the GOP Candidate is, they have to a better job in both of those counties, but I do not agree that just because he (Jim) is the only one, native to RI, that he is the only one who can beat Evans there. In the March 21st Republican Primary.

I plan to vote for Andrea Zinga. I plan to list this endorsement on my website along with other statewide campaigns that I also have endorsed. I have also given Andrea permission to include my name along with others who have also endorsed her campaign. I do not speak for any other individuals or groups. This endorsement is mine and mine alone. For what ever it is worth.

Many county parties choose not to endorse in a primary but I have the personal endorsement of these fine individuals..... the honorable Gary Krueger, Republican Party chairman in Jersey County; the honorable Barry Lakin, Republican Party chairman in Macoupin County; and the honorable John Birch, Republican Party chairman in Pike County.

However, there are exceptions and some county parties have chosen to override their usual practice and endorse in this race.Among them, the Macoupin County Republican Party (where the endorsement was unanimous) and the Pike County Republican Party have also added their endorsements to the Zinga for Congress campaign.

Back to this past week--must mention that also Tuesday night, James Ruddell ( volunteer extraordinaire for both the Steve Haring campaign and for us in 2004) had organized a candidates' forum in Erie, Illinois, in Whiteside County. I would like to thank both James, and my friend and supporter John Sample of Cordova, for representing me there.


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