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Wed Feb 27, 2013, 08:09 AM

Candidate Who Backs Gun Control Wins Race

Source: New York Times

CHICAGO — Riding a wave of “super PAC” spending that helped catapult her to the front of a crowded Democratic field, Robin Kelly, whose campaign called for tougher national gun laws, clinched her party’s nomination Tuesday in a special primary election for the House seat vacated by Representative Jesse L. Jackson Jr.

The outcome of the contest, which had been unexpectedly cast into the center of the national gun debate, was welcome news for Michael R. Bloomberg, the mayor of New York and a staunch gun-control advocate. He poured more than $2.2 million into attacking Ms. Kelly’s chief opponent, Debbie Halvorson, this month.

Flooding Chicago airwaves, Mr. Bloomberg’s super PAC, Independence USA, ran a series of advertisements criticizing Ms. Halvorson for opposing certain gun control measures and endorsing Ms. Kelly as the alternative candidate.

The advertising campaign, a huge amount for a single House race, set up Ms. Halvorson’s defeat on Tuesday as a shot across the bow to other Democrats supporting gun rights, a sign of what could await future candidates who do not align with Mr. Bloomberg’s quest to change firearm laws across the country.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/27/us/voting-primary-jesse-jackson-jr-house-seat.html



The NRA is headed for the dustbin of history.

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onehandle Feb 2013 OP
samsingh Feb 2013 #1
graham4anything Feb 2013 #2
TheCowsCameHome Feb 2013 #3
KG Feb 2013 #4
bemildred Feb 2013 #5
mountain grammy Feb 2013 #6
Walk away Feb 2013 #7
kelliekat44 Feb 2013 #8
former9thward Feb 2013 #9
Mr. Sparkle Feb 2013 #10
spin Feb 2013 #11

Response to onehandle (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 08:12 AM

1. good

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 08:14 AM

2. + a zillion One day closer to a gun-free streets in America

 

The NRA has lost their ability to blackmail candidates now that Mike has the backs of
all the anti-NRA, anti-Gun candidates.

Candidates want to win.
Now they have the apparatus to do such.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 08:16 AM

3. The NRA is an albatross.

Their days of power are ending.

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Wed Feb 27, 2013, 08:21 AM

4. ...

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 08:25 AM

5. The NRA keeps it's losing streak alive. nt

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 10:44 AM

6. Watching the PBS "Makers" last night reminded me..

that all the momentum in the world can be stopped at any time. We must stay on top of this issue, every day, every way.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 10:49 AM

7. I think it's great that gun control made a difference in a Democratic primary but....

call me when two republicans face off. Or at least a close general election.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 11:09 AM

8. For me, this was the best news since the election. nt

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 11:15 AM

9. The link in the OP does not have a clue about this district.

Bloomberg tried to make this about gun control. It wasn't. I used to live in this district. It is one of the most Democratic districts in the country with 85% African-American voters. He just threw his money behind the candidate he knew was going to win and then said it was because of gun control. He bought himself another congressperson. So what? Was Jesse Jackson, Jr. in favor of the NRA?

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 11:48 AM

10. 2.2 Million is a lot of money to defeat the NRA in just one race.

I would like to know the strategy behind it, as I cant help but feel that money could have been better spent to take down multiple NRA congressmen.

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Response to onehandle (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 12:56 PM

11. I will be impressed when Bloomberg's super PAC makes a difference in Florida or Texas. ...

Chicago is hardly a city that strongly supports gun rights.

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