Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) announced Friday that he will not run for reelection, just hours after Illinois lawmakers approved a new congressional redistricting plan for the state.
The six-term Republican Illinois faced a difficult road to victory. His newly redrawn district would almost certainly pit him against Rep. Darin LaHood, another central-Illinois Republican.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger announced the decision on Twitter, taking advantage of the opportunity to criticize “leaders who don’t lead” and lament a political arena that reinforces and rewards its most extreme elements.
“We’ve allowed leaders to reach power selling the false premise that strength comes from degrading others. We’ve fallen for those lies, and now we face a poisoned country filled with outrage blinding our ability to achieve real strength,” Kinzinger said.
“The second Donald Trump tweeted that this is what you get when you steal an election, two or three hours after the insurrection started, I realized he was just unfit to be president,” he told the media sometime in February.
“When impeachment came up, I didn’t think it was the best thing to do because I think it just gave Donald Trump an opportunity to be a victim, and he’s really good at being a victim. But I knew that if it was put in front of me, there was no choice,” the lawmaker added.
The politician hinted in the new video that he might return to politics in the future; he previously formed a political action committee to support anti-Trump Republicans and is currently soliciting donations from supporters.
Looking forward to the next chapter! pic.twitter.com/SvdFCVtrlE
— Adam Kinzinger (@AdamKinzinger) October 29, 2021