Sun Feb 17, 2013, 02:05 PM
graham4anything (11,464 posts)
Pro-NRA candidate in Chicago quits after Bloomberg backs the ANTI-Gun candidate.
Put another notch in the belt of Mike Bloomberg and the Mayors against guns in the streets.
This is systematically gonna be done district by district througout America the next 3 election cycles, til the last Democratic candidate backing the NRA/Guns is gone from office.
The move, announced in a morning news release, shakes up the Democratic field just nine days before the Feb. 26 primary election.
"Robin is a friend, and has captured momentum in pulling our community together. I am simply unwilling to risk playing a role going forward that could result in dividing our community at time when we need unity more than ever," Hutchinson said in the statement.
Hutchinson recently experienced a pair of setbacks during the short campaign. A super political action committee run by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg started airing a TV attack ad backing Kelly and attacking Hutchinson and another candidate, former one-term U.S. Rep. Debbie Halvorson of Crete, for past support from the National Rifle Association.
Gun control has loomed as a big issue in the contest and that's what Hutchinson indicated her departure from the contest was about.
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Response to graham4anything (Original post)
Sun Feb 17, 2013, 02:37 PM
frazzled (14,062 posts)
2. Odd, because Toni Preckwinkle endorsed Hutchinson
And Preckwinkle carries a lot more weight in that district certainly than Michael Bloomberg does. She was previous alderwoman in the district, and now holds the uber-powerful position of Cook County Board President. And she's smart. She had endorsed Hutchinson over her former top aide, Kelly.
Second, it should be said that Hutchinson had changed her older stance on gun laws (unlike Halvorson), so the attacks by Bloomberg were somewhat unfair. She was no Deb Halvorson.
This was about fears of splitting the black vote between two very good African American women. I applaud and respect Toi Hutchinson for dropping out and helping to solidify the anti Halvorson vote. Next time, Toi.