Kinzinger says his child ‘will be proud to have the last name’ while other lawmakers ‘will have kids that’ll be ashamed of them’

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Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois has asserted that while his child will be proud of his last name, the children of other lawmakers will feel “ashamed” of their parents.

“I have zero regrets. And I know my kid, I know this, he will be proud to have the last name. And a lot of my colleagues will have kids that’ll be ashamed of them,” Kinzinger said, according to NBC News.

Kinzinger is one of the two Republicans who served on the House select committee that investigated the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riot — Liz Cheney of Wyoming is the other GOP member who served on the committee.

“It’s not that we’re courageous. We’re really not,” Kinzinger said regarding himself and Cheney, according to NBC News. “It’s that cowardice is everywhere.”

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Cheney and Kinzinger were among the 10 House Republicans who voted in favor of impeaching then-President Donald Trump in the wake of the Capitol riot last year.

Both lawmakers will be departing from Congress in early 2023.

Kinzinger, who has served in the House since 2011, indicated in October 2021 that the time had come for him to “move on from Congress” — he did not seek reelection in 2022.

Cheney, who has served in the House since 2017, lost the 2022 GOP primary earlier this year to Trump-backed candidate Harriet Hageman, who went on to win the general election.

Earlier this month, Kinzinger expressed support for former House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican who choked up while delivering remarks honoring outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat. Boehner, in an apparent reference to his daughters, said that his “girls” told him to tell Pelosi how much they admire her.

“John Boehner is a class act. Be more like Boehner,” Kinzginer tweeted.

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