Former rep. says he'd like to unseat Ted Cruz

November 4, 2023

Former U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) says that he would like to "potentially" try to unseat U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) one day. 

Kinzinger said as much, according to ABC News, during a recent appearance on Galen Druke's 538 Politics podcast. Kinzinger was there, according to the outlet, to promote his new book, Renegade: Defending Democracy and Liberty In Our Divided Country. 

The book's billing will help you to remember exactly who Kinzinger is.

The billing, in part, reads:

From the small Illinois county board where he got his start, to his years in the Air Force flying tanker missions over Iraq, to his final tumultuous term in Congress as one of the few Republican members to vote to impeach Trump and join the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol, Kinzinger takes readers inside the most critical moments and pivotal decisions of the last years.

"Actually . . ."

Part of the backstory, here, is that Kinzinger has recently moved to Houston, Texas, and Sen. Cruz is up for reelection in 2024.

During his podcast appearance, Kinzinger said, "Actually, it’d be kind of fun to run against Ted Cruz, to be honest with you."

The former congressman hasten to add, "I’m not doing that. Let’s be clear." But, he also said, "it would be fun, right?" And, later in the interview, Kinzinger said that, while he is currently "not in position" to challenge Cruz, he would "potentially" think about it one day, if "the timing is right."

Kinzinger continued by explaining why it is that he would like to run against Cruz.

He said, "I would love to run against Ted Cruz, because that to me would just be, it would just be like the most, the most complete con artist in politics, like one of them, to be able to run against his face in public would be amazing."

Kinzinger the "homeless Republican"

Cruz, at the time of this writing, has not responded to Kinzinger's statements. It is unclear whether or not Cruz will.

It is worth pointing out that Kinzinger does this sort of thing often - that is, he suggests that he might run against some big-name Republican. In April 2022, for example, Kinzinger suggested that he might even run against former President Donald Trump in the 2024 Republican presidential primary.

Nothing, however, ever came of this, and this is likely because Kinzinger just does not have any real support - which is why he is a former congressman. Republicans do not like him because of his anti-Trump positions, and particularly his role with the highly partisan Jan. 6 committee. And, the Democrats do not like him because he is a Republican.

Kinzinger, during the podcast, described himself as a "homeless Republican," while suggesting that he will vote Democrat in the 2024 presidential election. He said:

I consider myself a Republican still. I call myself a homeless Republican because I certainly don't feel like I belong to this Republican Party. The second I give up the title Republican, obviously I lose the ability to, I think, very rightly criticize this party. My hope is, it returns to what my vision of Republicanism is. But I think there's one issue on the ballot in 2024, just one issue, and that is democracy. Does it survive or do we continue to slide to authoritarianism? So, I'll probably vote for a Democrat. Doesn't make me a Democrat.

This certainly is not going to help Kinzinger gain support for a future political run - at least not as a Republican.

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