Adam Andrzejewski, No Longer the ‘Next Scott Brown’

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Wednesday, February 03, 2010 at 10:06 am

Rep. Mark Kirk’s (R-Ill.) successful Illinois Senate primary campaign against a truly weak field of GOP candidates is being interpreted as a blow to the “Tea Party movement.” I don’t think it is — it’s clear that Kirk headed off conservative anger by flip-flopping on cap-and-trade (he voted for it then spoke out against it) and swinging hard to the right, loudly asking for an endorsement from Sarah Palin.

The minor embarrassment for Tea Partiers was the campaign of Adam Andrzejewski, a first-time politician who spoke at an April 15, 2009 Tea Party and sold himself, explicitly, as that movement’s candidate.

In the final week of the campaign, he got the same sort of full-court-press boost from online conservatives that Scott Brown did in Massachusetts. RedState claimed that Andrzejewski’s internal polling showed him 2 points down, in striking distance for the win. Gateway Pundit, among other bloggers, scorched the media for not covering Andrzejewski’s 11th-hour endorsement from former Polish president Lech Walesa. On election night, HotAir illustrated its Illinois primary thread with a picture of Andrzejewski, making it clear that he was the movement’s candidate.

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Andrzejewski wound up in fifth place out of seven candidates, with 14.4 percent of the vote. Somehow, Illinois voters were able to resist this.

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mantis
Comment posted February 3, 2010 @ 12:04 pm

I told you, we don't like teabaggers in Illinois.


patriotsoul
Comment posted February 3, 2010 @ 12:27 pm

I never heard the guy's name until a few days ago! The publicity was none.
What's with that?


Jerry Vachaparambil
Comment posted February 3, 2010 @ 12:58 pm

Adam's not a teabagger. He gets support from all over the place- including many people involved with the 'tea party' but he's a pretty ordinary conservative with some extra-ordinary ideas for state government…


mantis
Comment posted February 3, 2010 @ 1:28 pm

He sought Tea Party support early on, and marketed himself as the Tea Party candidate for Illinois.

From Politico:

Andrzejewski told POLITICO on Monday that he has been trying to court Tea Party supporters since speaking at a tax day rally on April 15.

“I spoke for 15 minutes at that rally and that gave my campaign early momentum,” he said in a phone interview. “I recruited precinct committeemen, built my emails list and signed up donors and that gave my campaign a tremendous boost.”

“I invested in and built the grassroots around my campaign in synergy with the tea party movement,” he added. “The tea party recognizes that I am the one outsider running against insiders.”

Erick Erickson – who profiled Andrzejewski for the blog RedState – hailed the internal as “terrific news,” and it has been trumpeted in the conservative blogosphere as a new opportunity for the Tea Party movement to flex its muscle.

The 40-year-old businessman, who has never run for office before, has pitched his message to Tea Party supporters, calling his opponents “red coats” and frequently links his rivals to Washington and the deeply unpopular state government in Springfield.

He's a teabagger.


Jerry Vachaparambil
Comment posted February 3, 2010 @ 1:51 pm

Among others, he's been trying to court their support I'm sure. If anything Dan Proft is the 'teabagger'. Adam had a pretty center-right platform which didn't even really concentrate on social issues…


mantis
Comment posted February 3, 2010 @ 2:17 pm

Among others, he's been trying to court their support I'm sure.

And succeeding.

If anything Dan Proft is the 'teabagger'.

This isn't The Highlander. There can be more than one. Also, from AmSpec:

Andrzejewski was an early supporter of the Tea Party movement that began last Feburary in Chicago with CNBC market analyst Rick Santelli's impassioned denunciation of President Obama's $787 billion economic stimulus bill, a rant that sparked the first rallies. The movement “has coalesced behind my campaign,” says Andrzejewski, who claims 93 percent support among Tea Party activists in Illinois.

He certainly thought he was the Tea Party candidate.

Adam had a pretty center-right platform which didn't even really concentrate on social issues…

If you define the center as far right, then he's center-right. His platform is basically to dramatically cut spending and privatize everything, while adding transparency so we could all watch closely as he destroyed the state and local governments (he intended to eliminate revenue sharing, which would cause a huge wave of municipality bankruptcies). And since when do the teabaggers concentrate on social issues? Fiscal matters are their rallying point, no? Even so, the man is pro-life, anti-marriage equality, and against all regulation of firearms.

Teabaggers are basically libertarians who think through their ideas even less, if that's possible. He's a teabagger, and he would have been a total disaster if elected. Thankfully, he didn't have a chance.


ellid
Comment posted February 3, 2010 @ 4:33 pm

We don't like them in Massachusetts, either. That's why I predict that Scott Brown will prove to be a lot more socially liberal than the teabaggers thought (in which case they'll turn on him in two years).


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DonGwinn
Comment posted February 4, 2010 @ 11:00 am

I wasn't an Andrzejewski voter, but I always said if he somehow won I'd be glad to work for him in the general. Saying he got 14.4% and leaving it at that is a little deceptive. The winners (yes, it was so close we still don't know whether Bill Brady or Kirk Dillard will actually win, though Brady is officially up by 400 votes or so) each got about 20 percent, while the guy in second got about 19 and the third place entrant got 17.
So Andrzejewski, who most people (including me) expected to poll around 3-5%, managed to do multiples of that in a tough year–and remember, this is Illinois. Two thirds of the state's population lives in Chicagoland, and all those caveats about how Massachusetts isn't as blue as people think do not apply here.

Andrzejewski did a great job with what he had. I've said already that both the leaders in the GOP primary should be courting him and his organization for the general election.


DonGwinn
Comment posted February 4, 2010 @ 11:03 am

In fact, if you look carefully, you'll notice that Andrzejewski beat Jim Ryan handily. Ryan was supposed to be the big name in the race, the guy everyone was supposed to remember as the one they should have voted for in 2002 instead of the infamous Rod Blagojevich. He was constantly fluffed by media figures who should have known better, like John Kass at the Tribune. But in the end, Andrzejewski bumped him off. Don't underestimate him.


Catherina_Chicago_Tea_Party
Comment posted February 7, 2010 @ 1:45 am

Jerry, why do you have a need to call the tea partiers sexual induenos? And if you have such a fetish to do so, please explain what “tea baggers” mean to you and your crowd.

As for Adam Andrzejewski, he was FULLY ENDORSED BY EVERY TEA PARTY IN ILLINOIS ASIDE FROM ONE.

As for tea parties and social issues, we do concentrate on them.

You cannot have a healthy fiscal environment while your families are going to hell.

You are a worker of the GOP party who would very much like us, tea partiers, to go away.

If we are libertarians you so hastily like to compare us to, think two words: SCOTT BROWN.

We are Americans who are concerned about our country.

Adam is far from destroyed and he will be back.

Sincerely,

Catherina Wojtowicz,
Chicago Tea Patriots
(312) 662-8666
http://www.ChicagoTeaPatriots.com
ChicagoTeaPatriots@Gmail.com


Jerry Vachaparambil
Comment posted February 7, 2010 @ 9:15 pm

I'm not a Republican or a Democrat…I'm just frustrated at the apparent lack of desire of the Illinois Legislature to balance the budget and actually be an accountable government…


Jerry Vachaparambil
Comment posted February 8, 2010 @ 2:15 am

I'm not a Republican or a Democrat…I'm just frustrated at the apparent lack of desire of the Illinois Legislature to balance the budget and actually be an accountable government…


patriotsoul
Comment posted March 21, 2010 @ 4:24 am

He's a fake.


why do you think so
Comment posted March 21, 2010 @ 4:35 am

i don't think so


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