Incumbent John Shimkus had the lowest Club for Growth score among all Illinois Republicans.
Washington, DC – The Club for Growth PAC today announced its endorsement of State Senator Kyle McCarter for the U.S. House from Illinois’s 15th Congressional District. The seat is currently held by incumbent Congressman John Shimkus.
“Kyle McCarter has a proven track record as a principled fiscal conservative,” said Club for Growth President David McIntosh. “Kyle has been a successful businessman and he’s fought against big spending in the Illinois legislature. During a recent debate, Kyle told his colleagues in the Illinois Senate, ‘…the state is broke and doesn’t have $60 million for a new program.’ That’s exactly the kind of resolute conviction that’s needed on the House floor in Washington.
“While Kyle McCarter would bring a fresh breath of fiscal conservatism to Washington, his opponent, John Shimkus, is the epitome of what’s wrong with Congress. Shimkus was first elected nearly 20 years ago; that’s eight years longer than the term limits pledge he made in 1996. And Shimkus has an anemic lifetime rating of just 66% on the Club for Growth scorecard, with his annual rating plummeting to 34% in 2014. The Club for Growth PAC is delighted to endorse Kyle McCarter, a real economic conservative, to replace Shimkus.”
Congressman John Shimkus voted:
- To reauthorize the Export-Import Bank (#576, 2015)
- To increase the debt ceiling (#690, 2011)
- For the recent budget-busting spending deal negotiated by Obama and Paul Ryan (#705, 2015)
- To raise his own pay (#580, 2007)
- To restrict political free speech (#88, 2006)
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