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*Crossposted from Generation X-Y Democrat Blog

Congratulations to Don Manzullo, the Republican Congressman from Illinois’ 16th Congressional District, for receiving "the treatment" from Huffington Post’s Ryan Grim in an article published last night titled "Don Manzullo: Worst Congressional Questioning Ever".

The article posted a video, which I have embedded below, showing goofy Manzullo trying to act tough, but not making any sense.

I happen to live in the 16th District, and I will be quite amazed if this man will be able to survive the 2010 election.  This man has been elected numerous times now, by quite a wide margin in fact, because he USED TO live in a traditionally Republican area.

So why would the tide change?  Very simple.  Nearly all counties within the 16th District voted for President Obama in 2008 by 8%.  To put this in perspective, in 2000 and 2004, Bush won this district by 11%.  For the first time on record, McHenry county (where I live) voted for a Democratic Candidate for President.  Voters are beginning to relate to progressive ideals, and I would venture to say that Manzullo won the 2008 race simply on recognition.

The DNC committed too much money and time to trying to oust Mark Kirk in the 10th Congressional District – a tough task since Kirk is actually liked by most of his constituents.  I have met Mark Kirk before and, despite the fact I don’t agree with the guy on a ton of issues, he is a likeable guy.  I was not at all surprised that he won convincingly in 2008.  However, nobody I know in the 16th district finds Don Manzullo to be a great personality.

Manzullo represents a district that voted for Change, yet he has said "No" to everything his constiuents voted for.  The man is clearly not doing his job, and he needs to go!

Originally posted to edman1981 on Wed Mar 25, 2009 at 09:26 AM PDT.

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  •  I'm in a neighboring district----Manzullo is (6+ / 0-)
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    LSdemocrat, Elise, Demi Moaned, JeffW, soms, hyper

    horrific, always has been, and he proved his complete cluelessness again yesterday at the hearing.

  •  Thanks for bringing this to our attention (3+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, soms, hyper

    Local perspective like this is one of the things where diaries can add real value to this site.

  •  I'd be in favor of seriously challenging the guy (2+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, hyper

    My best friend from college lived in his district and considered Manzullo to be a remarkably ineffective representative.  More interestingly, my friend is not a liberal Democrat by any means.  His other main problem was that he had given up hope that the district could vote him out, but that was back in about 2000.  My friend has long since moved out of the district, but he'd certainly agree with your findings about the standing Manzullo has in his district.

  •  I'm in Winnebago county. I would love (3+ / 0-)
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    LSdemocrat, Elise, JeffW

    it if we could find someone to oust Manzullo.  He is very out of touch with his district, imo.  Voting no on the stimulus, when he knows how much we need it here, was putting party first.  I still believe he voted for the auto bailout to save his behind in the election, not because he wanted to help the workers in the district.

    Hope, change win; Barack Obama, your time is now

    by hyper on Wed Mar 25, 2009 at 09:50:10 AM PDT

  •  Manzullo has been in for 16+ years (3+ / 0-)
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    Elise, JeffW, hyper

    and is a do-nothing rubberstamp for Bush policies. He needs to go away. Some good progressive with fire in their belly should easily be able to take him down by calling him on the carpet as a do nothing who has done little to advance himself into a leadership role in Congress. Furthermore, he is not the "charming" boyish media darling that Paul Ryan is here across the state line in Wisconsin. I would dearly love to get rid of that guy as well, his loony-right policies are even worse than W's.

    "There's a bailout coming, but it's not for me, it's for all the creeps watching the ticker on TV"-Neil Young

    by NoMoreLies on Wed Mar 25, 2009 at 10:11:59 AM PDT

  •  I live in Winnebago county (3+ / 0-)
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    Elise, JeffW, hyper

    and would gladly volunteer to help make  him go away.  He was just grandstanding on National TV, just like he does here locally.

  •  I also live in the 16th district. (4+ / 0-)
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    NoMoreLies, Elise, JeffW, hyper

    ...in northern DeKalb County.  I am active with the DeKalb County Democratic party, and worked with both of the last two Democratic candidates' (Dick Aumon & Bob Abboud) campaigns.  Unfortunately, the 16th was gerrymandered to be a "safe" Repug district, and will be very difficult to crack before redistricting takes place.  However, we can take heart that the same was thought of the neighboring 14th, and we got Democrat Bill Foster elected there.  Finding a good candidate and raising sufficient funds will be big hurdles.

    I like my government transparent, and my beer opaque.

    by NormAl1792 on Wed Mar 25, 2009 at 10:20:01 AM PDT

  •  Please! (2+ / 0-)
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    Elise, hyper

    Calamity Jean and I are moving to the 16th when I retire. And BTW, at least 2 years ago the local papers were highly critical of Manzullo and his voting with B*sh.

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Wed Mar 25, 2009 at 10:34:38 AM PDT

  •  I can't believe how stupid he is! (2+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, hyper

    I mean honestly - inform yourself before you ask questions at a hearing!! He's a total idiot.

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