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WATCH: Lenny McAllister Talks Fiscal Cliff Negotiations on Sun News Network

In Lenny for Congress, Video on December 31, 2012 at 9:23 pm
Congressional candidate Lenny McAllister speaks with Brian Dunston of Sun News Network about the latest in the talks concerning America's fiscal cliff during a December 31 segment.

Congressional candidate Lenny McAllister speaks with Brian Dunston of Sun News Network about the latest in the talks concerning America’s fiscal cliff during a December 31 segment.

TORONTO, ON, CANADA (December 31, 2012) –Republican congressional candidate Lenny McAllister (Illinois’ 2nd Congressional District) talks to Sun News Network anchor Brian Dunston about the latest developments of the fiscal cliff negotiations that are gripping America and impacting her economic partners during this segment on Canadian television.

 

To watch the interview, please click on the link HERE

 

You can also visit Sun News Network’s website by going HERE

 

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WATCH: Lenny McAllister on CLTV’s “Politics Tonight” in Chicago

In Lenny for Congress, Video on December 29, 2012 at 4:36 pm
Republican congressional candidate Lenny McAllister (IL-2nd) talks with CLTV's Paul Lisnek on an edition of "Politics Tonight" to discuss his candidacy.

Republican congressional candidate Lenny McAllister (IL-2nd) talks with CLTV’s Paul Lisnek on an edition of “Politics Tonight” to discuss his candidacy.

CHICAGO, IL (December 27, 2012) –Republican Lenny McAllister discusses his candidacy, the fiscal cliff, and the role of social issues in the special election for Illinois’ 2nd Congressional District that was vacated by former Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. Lenny talks with former WVON colleague Paul Lisnek on this edition of “Politics Tonight” on Chicago’s CLTV.

To watch the interview, please click on the link HERE (part 1, Dec 27, 2012) and HERE (part 2)

You can also visit CLTV’s “Politics Tonight” website by going HERE

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WATCH: Lenny McAllister on CNBC (December 26, 2012)

In Video on December 26, 2012 at 11:09 pm
David Ormsby (Chicago blogger at The Huffington Post) and Lenny McAllister (Republican, Illinois' 2nd Congressional District) debate legality vs. ethics of The Journal News' decision to publish the names and addresses of all the known gun permit-holders in its readership area.

David Ormsby (Chicago blogger at The Huffington Post) and Lenny McAllister (Republican, Illinois’ 2nd Congressional District) debate legality vs. ethics of The Journal News’ decision to publish the names and addresses of all the known gun permit-holders in its readership area.

CHICAGO, IL (December 26, 2012) – (courtesy of CNBC’s “The Kudlow Report”) The Journal News of Westchester County in New York is being discussed throughout the news after the paper decided to publish the names and addresses of all the known gun permit-holders in its readership area. David Ormsby (Chicago blogger at The Huffington Post) and Lenny McAllister discuss.

To watch the interview, please click on the link HERE

You can also visit the CNBC website by going HERE

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LISTEN: McAllister on “He Said She Said”

In Video on December 26, 2012 at 10:31 pm
Catch Lenny McAllister's interview on "He Said She Said with Demetrius and Stacy" on December 19, 2012

Catch Lenny McAllister’s interview on “He Said She Said with Demetrius and Stacy” on December 19, 2012

ST LOUIS, MISSOURI (December 19, 2012) – Republican congressional candidate Lenny McAllister (Illinois, 2nd District) joins former WNRR co-host and producer Demetrius Minor and St. Louis-based conservative activist and elected official Stacy Washington to discuss how his brand of Republican conservatism has already impacted those he has engaged throughout the nation and why his run in the 2013 special election can make a historic difference.

To hear the interview, please click on the link HERE

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Lenny McAllister on Vince Coakley’s Revolution Radio

In Audio on December 26, 2012 at 10:21 pm
Catch Lenny McAllister's interview concerning his candidacy for Illinois' 2nd Congressional District on "Revolution Radio" with host Vince Coakley (seen above) earlier in December

Catch Lenny McAllister’s interview concerning his candidacy for Illinois’ 2nd Congressional District on “Revolution Radio” with host Vince Coakley (seen above) earlier in December

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA (December 6, 2012) – Republican congressional candidate Lenny McAllister (Illinois, 2nd District) joins former WSOC head anchor and WBT Radio host Vince Coakley to discuss his run, his vision for the district, and his passion for improving the political results encountered by urban Americans in this interview from “Revolution Radio”.

To hear the interview, please click on the link HERE

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READ: McAllister Op-Ed on Tackling Poverty (Orlando Sentinel)

In Articles, Lenny for Congress on December 17, 2012 at 11:10 am

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ORLANDO, FL (December 14, 2012) –  “One…goal — and thus, one such choice — is the need to fill the hole of poverty that too many Americans are falling into. Merely hoping to maintain the patches that satisfy needs of the moment, not heal our society, is not good enough. It is true: These fine Americans need aid to survive their daily challenges. Charities help them do so…However, these Americans’ primary goal — as is ours collectively — is to achieve the American dream. Charities can do only so much to aid that purpose. Economic, educational and employment stability are the only avenues to make self-perpetuating prosperity a staple in more Americans’ lives.”

US Congressional candidate Lenny McAllister (Illinois, 2nd District) was featured as an op-ed writer in the Friday edition of the Orlando Sentinel, the primary newspaper of the Orlando metropolitan area and a publication managed by the Chicago Tribune. His piece, “Growth Incentives are More Important to Heal Society”, can be found HERE

“Americans who donate resources at a high level must be encouraged to place as many tax-free resources as possible into eradicating problems that cause long-term poverty for many Americans in the 21st century: ongoing failures in our education system, an outlook of shortages of doctors and nurses, and an inability to innovate at the rate we previously had for decades.

“‘Economic patriotism’” cannot be defined as providing charitable contributions while sitting on much-needed investment capital for growth, as we have seen with some financial institutions and private entities since 2008. It must be defined with an environment where re-strengthening America involves a thoughtful direction of resources that fill the gap between struggling Americans and their potential.”

 

Read more by Lenny McAllister by visiting the <SPEECHES> section of www.LennyMcAllister.com

 

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Official Statement: Sandy Hook Memorial Service (December 16, 2012)

In Lenny for Congress, Speeches on December 16, 2012 at 11:00 pm

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CHICAGO (December 16, 2012) — Lenny McAllister, upon hearing the presidential remarks made in Newtown, Connecticut tonight, issued the following statement:

“While we collectively remember the loss of innocence with the flight of our littlest angels from Connecticut last week, the harrowing pain from Sandy Hook is only intensified by the thoughts of the ongoing urban violence that many within Chicago, including those within the Second Congressional District, continue to endure on a frightening regular basis, often in nearby communities to where both President Obama and I call home.

“I commend President Obama for his stately eloquence in delivering the solemn remarks in remembrance of the fallen Americans that we lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday.

“Just as President Obama is rightfully saddened and angered by having to attend his fourth mass shooting memorial service since becoming president, we Americans must join in that contempt, using our love for our children and their bright potential to secure the future for all of our youth from Sandy Hook to the south side of Chicago. We must push ourselves to action, promising those we lost and those we still have with us a simple vow: that the senseless trend of violence and loss of life cannot be continued any longer throughout America. Through sensible and tempered cooperation as one big team, we can stop the violence and uphold the very best of America without fear and lawlessness impinging upon our lives any longer. We can learn the lessons from the scars of the heart that we have incurred too often over recent times. I know that we will – together – and we will overcome. I look forward to the day when we succeed and I hope that this new dawn comes much sooner than later.

“May God Bless and keep the eternal souls of the heroes and loved ones from Friday’s tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary. May God heal the broken hearts of every family member involved. May God watch over us all and may He bless the United States of America.”

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Political commentator and community advocate Lenny McAllister is the “Working Man’s Conservative” currently seeking office in Illinois’ vacant 2nd Congressional District seat.

For more information, go to LennyForCongress.com or call 773-492-0509.

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WATCH: McAllister, Weingarten Talk New Teachers Standards on Huff Post Live

In Lenny for Congress, Video on December 16, 2012 at 12:52 pm
Should teachers have to pass a bar-like examination process before teaching? Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, thinks so and discusses it with Lenny McAllister and others on HuffPost Live on December 13.

Should teachers have to pass a bar-like examination process before teaching? Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, thinks so and discusses it with Lenny McAllister and others on HuffPost Live on December 13.

NEW YORK CITY (December 13, 2012) – (courtesy of Huff Post Live) American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten joins HuffPost Live to discuss her call for bar exams for teachers, along with the state of American labor.

Hosted by Marc Lamont Hill, this informative conversation also includes Camika Royal (Education Historian & Teacher Educator at John Hopkins University) and Lenny McAllister (Candidate for U.S House of Represenatatives (Illinois))

Click on the HuffPost Live link HERE

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WATCH: Lenny McAllister on with Current TV’s Joy Behar

In Lenny for Congress, Video on December 16, 2012 at 12:36 pm
Lenny McAllister chats with host Joy Behar and Democratic strategist Christopher Hahn on the set of "Say Anything" (December 4, 2012) (photo courtesy Current TV)

Lenny McAllister chats with host Joy Behar and Democratic strategist Christopher Hahn on the set of “Say Anything” (December 4, 2012) (photo courtesy Current TV)

NEW YORK CITY (December 4, 2012): “Say Anything!” host Joy Behar, Republican strategist Lenny McAllister and Democratic strategist Chris Hahn talk fiscal cliff negotiations, debate post-election moves for the political parties, and react to the latest speculation regarding whether Hillary Clinton will run for president in 2016 on the December 4 edition of “Say Anything” on Current TV.

Click on the Current TV link HERE to view the segment

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“Working Man’s Conservative” Lenny McAllister Announces Candidacy for Illinois’ Vacant 2nd Congressional District Seat

In Lenny for Congress on December 3, 2012 at 2:00 pm

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South Side, CHICAGO (December 3, 2012) – Nationally-renowned political commentator and community advocate Lenny McAllister announced today that he will run for the seat in Illinois’ 2nd Congressional District currently vacant after the resignation of Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. McAllister calls for the people of the district to look beyond career politicians and accept a candidate who can reach across the aisle for bipartisan accountability and accessibility.

“The Second Congressional District – like much of America – finds itself at a set of critical crossroads. In this time of economic crisis, political upheaval, community endangerment, and partisan gridlock, the constituents need leadership beyond limiting labels,” said McAllister.

McAllister is a noted public speaker and activist that is well known for being outspoken against both political parties on key issues over recent years on local, state, national, and international platforms. Known throughout grassroots circles in the Chicagoland and throughout the nation, McAllister has been instrumental in efforts that included shaping laws with local leaders that further protect domestic violence victims and standing along with the NAACP to oppose recent discriminatory voter laws, including the Pennsylvania mandate that was overturned before the 2012 presidential election.

McAllister, who is finishing up post-election meetings in Washington, DC before returning to Chicago, recently provided analysis on the 2012 elections for multiple local, national and international outlets over the past four months including WBEZ in Chicago, Vocalo Radio, WGN, BET, CNN, HLN, Radio New Zealand, Canadian Broadcast Corporation, and Sun News Network (in Canada). He was also featured on a bus tour with liberal-leaning Politic365 throughout Florida and North Carolina to talk with college students about the 2012 election. He finished up the election season touring the swing state of Virginia.

The McAllister family resided along the 2nd District border in Hyde Park during their time in Chicago, and will likely move closer into the district.

“I enjoy being within the pulse of the south side, so I am quite attached to this area and regularly walking the streets and riding CTA with my neighbors and friends throughout the northern part of the district,” McAllister said. “However, being more centralized provides value, too, so I’ll talk to my wife and we’ll make a family decision that allows me to have a presence throughout the district as well.”

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Lenny McAllister on announcing his candidacy for Illinois’ 2nd Congressional District:

“The Second Congressional District – like much of America – finds itself at a set of critical crossroads. In this time of economic crisis, political upheaval, community endangerment, and partisan gridlock, the constituents of the Second Congressional District need leadership beyond limiting labels.

The diverse people of the Second Congressional District, from conservative Kankakee County to the proud people of the South Side of Chicago that I regularly called family as a member of WVON, demand and deserve a true statesman that connects with and serves the full diversity within the district, not more career politicians that will only pander to their special interests and machine agendas. These hard-working Americans require a representative that has a record at the local, national, and international levels of advocating for justice, holding all sides accountable for the sake of improving communities within the Second District and America across our rich diversity, even when it is unpopular, uncomfortable, or unwise from a selfish perspective. After all, justice, prosperity, and advancement are selfless and have no partisan labels or no permanent allies. They only have permanent goals for a better future for us all. Therefore, it’s time for bipartisan accountability and accessibility. It’s finally time for well-rounded results for the constituents of the district moving forward.

“That is why, as the only candidate capable of uniting and serving the full diversity of the Second Congressional District as “One Big Team” (our campaign slogan), I announce my candidacy to become the next Congressman to represent the fine people of the Second Congressional District of Illinois. With my diverse team of community members, talented professionals, and political veterans already on-board for this campaign, we stand ready to serve the people of the Second Congressional District in a manner that befits the best of our aspirations as Americans in the 21st century.

“You know me. I am one of you. I have shared regularly how much I love you all as a child of God, a Black man in America, and a proud citizen of these United States. I have spoken up for those that often do not have a voice in America regardless of their demographic backgrounds, even when politics as usual remained silent or toxic.

Today, I am humbled and show my love through potentially serving my fellow Americans in Congress. Like you and like America, I understand the need for the people of the Second Congressional District to get through a difficult first act in this century, one marred by the aftermath of September 11, political divisiveness, and the Great Recession. Like you, I know that once we collectively move past this first act, the Second Act for us all promises prosperity, safety, and advancement inclusively.

“I assure you: the Democratic Machine is willing to say and do anything to win this seat in the special election, a seat they inaccurately believe belongs to them. However, because I love the people of this district and Americans across our rich diversity, at this unique time in our nation’s political history, I am willing to go through anything that they will do in order to preserve a seat that we rightfully know belongs to you. You, the people of the Second Congressional District in Illinois, are hard-working, passionate Americans. You simply seek to succeed moving forward in a Second Act of prosperity that leads us past the prior act of economic upheaval, community instability, and professional and personal disappointments we encountered during past and current turbulent times. It is time to work together, succeed together, and improve our communities together.”

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