* With relatively light fundraising by even the frontrunners, outside groups were bound to descend on the 2nd CD special primary. It has begun. New York’s billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg is jumping into the race via his SuperPAC.
From a press release…
INDEPENDENCE USA PAC RELEASES NEW TV AD HIGHLIGHTING FORMER REP. DEBBIE HALVORSON’S ANTI-GUN SAFETY POSITIONS
Ads to focus on Halvorson’s Congressional and Illinois Statehouse record of voting to allow criminals to carry loaded, hidden guns; permitting guns in national parks; and opposing bans on large-capacity magazines
(FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE): As the race for Chicago’s 2nd Congressional District enters it final month, Michael R. Bloomberg’s Independence USA PAC today announced a significant TV ad campaign around educating Chicago voters about former Rep. Debbie Halvorson’s abysmal gun safety record.
Armed with an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association – a grade that is unlikely to continue now that she’s come against President Obama’s proposed Assault Weapons Ban — Halvorson went as far outside the mainstream in her congressional career as to vote for the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2009, a bill that would allow criminals to carry loaded, hidden guns in Chicago.
“Throughout her years in Washington and Springfield, Debbie Halvorson’s record on gun safety has been entirely devoid of any semblance of the kind of common-sense reforms that will keep Americans safer from the scourge of gun violence,” said Stefan Friedman, spokesman for Independence USA PAC.
Many of the other candidates in the crowded field to take the seat held by Jesse Jackson, Jr. have come out on behalf of reasonable measures that would help keep illegal guns out of the hands of criminals and make Americans safer.
The ad is linked here or available on request. A script of the ad is below.
“In the race to replace Jessie Jackson, watch out for Debbie Halvorson. When she was in congress before, Halvorson got an A from the NRA.
The NRA: against comprehensive background checks, against banning deadly assault weapons, against banning high capacity ammunition clips.
Halvorson even co-sponsored a bill that would allow some criminals to carry loaded, hidden guns into Chicago.
Debbie Halvorson: when it comes to preventing gun violence, she gets an F.
Independence USA PAC is responsible for the content of this advertising.”
Few people like “any” super Pac weighing in with an expensive opinion on a candidate. The irony is that this may be a real “plus” for Debbie. If the gun issue was a “make or break” moment for Debbie, than she probably wasn’t going to make it to the finish line first anyway. Toi will prove to be Debbie’s huckleberry. Halvorsen has been out of the spotlight for too long. The spotlight has been shining on her talented understudy Toi for enough time that the audience no longer misses the star but instead has come to appreciate her talented understudy.
Just, that would be about $25 billion when it comes to Michael Bloomberg. He’s out of a job soon and looking to keep busy.
I don’t think the $7.5 million the NRA spent in the 2012 election cycle on the federal level (about $4 million anti-Obama/pro-Romney) is going to cut it if this guy goes all in.
The ad itself is pretty strong red meat — came out pretty fast, too. I thought the dude standing with his back to the camera was a little weird, but other than that, it will resonate with those inclined to more gun restrictions.
Also, I see they use “replace Jesse Jackson” rather than “replace Jesse Jackson Jr. (And no picture.) Interesting. That suggests to me that the ad’s creators are either unaware of who was actually the failed congressman or, more likely, that the ad’s intended to be used elsewhere than just Il (for fundraising) where they hope people won’t know the difference between the 2 Jacksons.
- Kasich Walker, Jr. of the 2nd District - Tuesday, Jan 29, 13 @ 5:33 pm:
I quadruple double dog dare all candidates to speak up about an airport in Peotone.
Yer eider wid it er gainst it.
- Kasich Walker, Jr. of the 2nd District - Tuesday, Jan 29, 13 @ 5:42 pm:
I watched the ad linked above.
It confirms my belief that voters should ignore all political advertising and set the agenda for candidates to address.