Andrzejewski: I am 'true' conservative in GOP race

January 29, 2010 3:30:17 PM PST
Conservatives rallied in Federal Plaza Friday for one of six Republican candidates in the Illinois primary race for governor.

Supporters of Adam Andrzejewski say he is the only true conservative on Tuesday's ballot. Other GOP candidates in the race disagree.

The Tea Party movement has endorsed Hinsdale businessman Andrzejewski. While he has never run for or held public office before, he will walk point for the Republican party's right wing.

Despite the frigid weather, the Tea Partiers and other self-described "true" conservatives made their way to Federal Plaza Friday afternoon. There, they welcomed their newest hero, Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Andrzejewski.

"New ideas are required by new people. Real reform requires a new generation of leadership," said Andrzejewski.

Andrzejewski, a Hinsdale businessman who made millions selling telephone books, vows not to raise taxes and to cut, cut, cut spending, as he says. His rhetoric has resonated with the Republican right.

"We need more people to step up to the plate for hard-working Americans who have the morals and can go in and get our country back," said Kathy Hurst, Tea Party member.

There are six Republicans vying for the nomination. The five running against Andrzejewski also claim to be conservatives. Many at the Tea Party rally didn't think so.

"It's more of the Edgar, Thompson power combine with Daley. All those guys are friends," said Rev. Timothy O'Malley, conservative Republican.

Senator Kirk Dillard says there is nothing in his record to indicate he is not a true conservative.

"I'm a Ronald Reagan social conservative with a moderate tone," said State Sen. Kirk Dillard, (R) candidate for governor.

Late last summer, thousands Of Tea Partiers rallied in New Lenox. They say the weather will not stop them next week from being a force to be reckoned with for Andrzejewski.

"I'm the one outsider versus five insiders. They've been here for 100 years and if they were leaders, if they'd have led on our principles and values, we'd have seen it by now. I think people are starving for real leadership and that is what my campaign represents," said Andrzejewski.

In recent primaries, Republican candidates have had to move toward positions favored by the party's strong rightwing to win elections. Andrzjeweski says he doesn't have to move to the right, he has always been there.