SCHAUMBURG - Conservative pundit former Congressman Allen West was in Schaumburg Thursday to raise funds for Republican challenger Larry Kaifesh and Democrat Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth's (8-IL) camp noticed it. She's using his visit to raise funds for herself.
"Former Tea Party Congressman Allen West is back," an email to supporters said Thursday afternoon. "He’s in Illinois today, hosting a big VIP fundraiser for my opponent—one of just 14 'hand-picked' candidates who West is endorsing to bring their shared “conservative values” back to Congress."
Duckworth says she's set a goal of raising $5,000 by the end of August to help counter some of what Allen West is raising for her opponent.
During an exclusive interview with Colonel West and Kaifesh, Kaifesh told Illinois Review Thursday afternoon that he hopes to raise substantial funds at an event with the Schaumburg GOP later tonight, but that his campaign is about getting the GOP base to the polls, and appealing to the 8th District independents.
"People that I talk to ask me who I'm running against, and when I tell them, they say, 'I'm not voting for her, she's done nothing to change things," Kaifesh said. "And they're also unhappy about how she's taken advantage of their sympathy and appreciation for her military duty and injury. They say they feel used."