Interesting, considering he is — or was — a conservative Republican. From The Daily Caller: "The lone Republican in the race to succeed the disgraced former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. isn’t a typical GOP candidate. He supports affirmative action — 'for at least one more generation.' He won’t agree to anti-tax pledges in the face of the fiscal cliff. He spoke against voter ID laws this year during an NAACP press conference. And he’s no fan of efforts to roll back Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion [although he is personally pro-life]."
Here's info from another article by DNAInfo.com: "'McAllister is known for offering conservative commentary on a variety of TV and radio outlets, and he calls himself the 'working man's conservative.' Yet, his top issues — domestic-violence laws and voter-identification restrictions — are relatively progressive. He targeted economics and education as key urban issues in the 2nd District, advocating free-market development and charter schools, not as a cure-all, but as part of 'a diversity of educational opportunities,' alongside public, parochial and private schools."
More from DNAInfo.com about Mr. McAllister's campaign platform: "He decries the methods of the Tea Party and says he wants to push forward a bipartisan approach under his campaign slogan, 'One Big Team.' 'I believe that, with the right message and the right kind of leadership, the impossible can happen, and that's what we're going with,' McAllister said."
Booker Rising response: While The Daily Caller readers are slamming Lenny for being a "RINO" (Republican In Name Only) and even erroneously questioning if he's really a Democrat just wanting to avoid that party's primary, it is politically understandable why Lenny would make a move to the center. The 2nd Congressional District is an ultra-Democratic Party stronghold. Surely TDC's readers aren't so stupid as to believe that a hardline conservative could actually win this seat? A moderate Republican is the GOP's only remote (and highly unlikely) shot at securing this seat. However, Lenny does leave himself open to the charge that he's flip-flopping here (e.g., he has spoken at a number of Tea Party events in the past).