Prepared Remarks of Candidate Isaac Hayes

Cook County GOP 2009 Convention

Chicago, Illinois
September 25, 2009

Isaac Hayes: Good evening. I am here tonight to announce my intention to seek the Republican nomination for U.S. House of Representatives in Illinois’ 2nd Congressional District.

My story is an American story. . . As a young boy growing up on the South Side of Chicago I had the pain and privilege of life in the 'hood. Pain, because I’ve seen the disadvantage, despair and death that poverty creates and privilege, because I’ve seen the power of the human will to succeed despite the most discouraging conditions.

It is both this pain and privilege that has brought me before you tonight. You see, while we may come from slightly different backgrounds and have lived in different parts of town, our commitment to family, fairness and freedom is what binds us together in an unbreakable bond as Republicans and as Americans.

Many people have asked the question, “Why do you want to be a Congressman?” Two words – STOPPING CORRUPTION. For the past sixteen years corruption has stymied economic development in Illinois’ 2nd District. First, Mel Reynolds was convicted of sexual assault of a minor, and his replacement – A.K.A. Senate Candidate No. 5, Jesse Jackson Jr. – tried to buy President Obama’s former U.S. Senate Seat.

And a national liberal group called Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Congress last week gave Jesse Jackson Jr. the distinction of being one of Congress’s “most corrupt” members. It's like something you'd see in an organized crime film.

President Ronald Reagan once said, “There is sin and evil in the world. And we're enjoined by Scripture and the Lord Jesus to oppose it with all our might.”

The president was talking about the Soviet Union, the Evil Empire, but he may as well have been talking about the South Side of Chicago.

My solution to sixteen years of corruption and fourteen years of failure is very simple; give parents more choices, give businesses less taxes, give entrepreneurs less barriers, and give pay-to-play politics the boot.

The August 26th issue of Wall Street Journal highlighted the tremendous disparity in the SAT scores across this nation. In Reading, Math and Writing, African Americans were at the bottom. Some will blame racism and culturally insensitive exams, yet Asians scored the highest in Math and Writing. So racism is not the problem.

Others will blame school funding, yet Chicago Public Schools receive more money per pupil than Naperville School District 203 but score 8 points less on the ACT. So school funding is not the problem.

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