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Republican candidate William J. Kelly attacked by Rauner supporter at Columbus Day Parade

William J. Kelly, Republican candidate against Bruce Rauner, has issued the following statement:

I went to the Columbus Day Parade today not only as a Republican candidate for Governor but as a supporter of the Italian-American community and a 4th degree member of the Knight of Columbus.

While doing an interview with reporter Mike Flannery of WFLD-TV, the local FOX affiliate, I was attacked on-camera by a supporter of Bruce Rauner. It is unacceptable for any candidate for public office to be attacked. Consequently, I have filed a police report against my attacker to send a clear message that I will not be intimidated by any political thugs of Governor Rauner.

Chicago is known nationwide and worldwide for its violent crime and political corruption. When I win the Republican primary against Bruce Rauner, the man who betrayed voters by making Illinois a sanctuary state, forced taxpayers to fund abortion, and who opposes President Trump, I will restore pride and honor to Chicago and the State of Illinois.


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