SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
*** UPDATED x1 *** Trib obtains Hutchinson’s NRA questionnaire

Tuesday, Feb 5, 2013

* State Sen. Toi Hutchinson has refused to release her NRA questionnaires, undoubtedly because she used to be pretty solidly pro gun rights and is now running as a mostly gun control candidate who supports a ban on assault weapons and large capacity magazines.

The Tribune, however, got ahold of her 2010 NRA questionnaire

The questionnaire shows Hutchinson was asked if she would support “state legislation restricting the private possession, ownership, purchase, sale and/or transfer of any semi-automatic firearms.” She responded, “No, I would oppose such legislation.” The question also included the issue of large-capacity ammunition magazines.

Additionally, when asked by the NRA if Hutchinson would support “legislation making it a crime to fail to report the loss or theft of a firearm,” she replied: “No, I would oppose such legislation because it has no demonstrated affect on crime and creates an unwarranted legal presumption that gun owners should answer to the police for their own victimization or misfortune.”

But last week at a forum in Rich Central High School in Olympia Fields, Hutchinson announced she supports a state bill requiring the reporting of lost firearms. […]

Hutchinson maintained that [Robin Kelly] was running “a single-issue campaign” and trying to score “more political points” marketing the state senator’s gun-rights positions “as though they’re the positions that I have right now. And, I’m saying very clearly I’m moderating my positions.”

If that gun issue is resonating with special primary voters, Hutchinson could be in trouble. You gotta figure it’s polling well since the Kelly campaign has so completely latched onto the issue. We’ll see soon enough.

*** UPDATE *** Robin Kelly has issued a response…

“After refusing to release her NRA questionnaire for weeks, we know what Senator Hutchinson was hiding. She didn’t want voters in Chicago and the Southland to know that she promised the NRA that she would oppose an assault weapons ban. That she would oppose outlawing high capacity magazine clips.

“Toi Hutchinson says that Newtown, CT changed her perspective, but she agreed with the NRA’s extreme positions despite the killing happening on our own streets. The only thing that ‘changed’ for Toi Hutchinson is that she entered a race for Congress where her past support of the NRA’s agenda was no longer politically convenient.

“It’s clear now that we can’t trust Toi Hutchinson or Debbie Halvorson to protect our communities against gun violence because both were willing to stand with the NRA when we needed them most. I am the only candidate in the race ready to stand with President Obama to stop the NRA and their pro-gun agenda.”

[ *** End Of Update *** ]

* Meanwhile, in other CD2 news, complaints have surfaced that Anthony Beale may be requiring political help from those who want to be contractors on the new Walmart construction project

[Contractor Reginald Rooks] said Beale’s congressional campaign has asked him to distribute flyers.

Rooks and leaders of the African-American Contractors Association suspect a connection between the hiring consultant and Beale’s political organization.

“I’m handing out your literature,” Rooks said. “Yes, I should get a job.”

Critics blame it on the culture of corruption that Chicago politics is infamous for.

“Its’ just a culture of corruption going on,” the Save Our Community Coalition’s Bob Israel said. “You know how long I’ve been fighting that. It’s just a culture of corruption.”

Beale denied any connection between his political organization and Maurice Williams.

“There’s no connection between my office and Mr. Williams other than he has a company and we direct people to his particular company,” Beale said.

* And here’s an Internet promo video by Republican candidate Paul McKinley

* Related…

* Feds investigating finances of former Ald. Sandi Jackson: sources

* Washington: Leave race out of 2nd District race

* Anthony Beale filing new federal financial disclosure after Sun-Times points out error

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - walkinfool - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 9:41 am:

    Good reporting on Trib’s part.

    (Have to remind myself to distinguish the reporters from the editorial board.)

    If this issue is hurting Hutchinson, it’s hurting Halvorsen more.

    About time for Toi to come out with a strong “plan to end gun deaths”, since more gun control seems to be the first thought for many voters.

  2. - walkinfool - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 9:43 am:

    Sorry “Halvorson”

  3. - The Captain - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 10:22 am:

    The Hutchinson campaign seems to be backpedaling an awful lot lately. They had to know this information would find the light of day at some point, I’m surprised they let themselves get blindsided by it on the day all the realistic candidates went before the Tribune ed board.

    Earned media, paid media, the Kelly campaign keeps having good days one after another.

  4. - Angry Chicagoan - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 10:34 am:

    The thing I’m curious about is why Toni Preckwinkle endorsed Hutchinson.

  5. - anon - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 10:47 am:

    That Paul McKinley ad needs to be added to the political ad hall of fame. Strange ending.

  6. - bored now - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 11:31 am:

    now we know why the head of the ISRA said that the NRA is comfortable with the election of either Halvorson or Hutchinson…

  7. - Third Reading - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 11:35 am:

    The fun just never stops in CD2.

    Dig this. Four more candidates filed yesterday:


    GREEN 2/4/2013 4:50:00 PM Active

    INDEPENDENT 2/4/2013 4:08:00 PM Active

    INDEPENDENT 2/4/2013 2:14:00 PM Active

    INDEPENDENT 2/4/2013 8:13:00 AM Active

    Source: (edited to remove addresses)

    For anyone who is handicapping this: I count 26 (yes, twenty-six) candidates at present.

    Seventeen Democrats. Five Republicans. One Green. Three independents. (The newest four are still subject to challenge, of course.)

    Whew. Seventeen Democrats.

    My Fearless Forecast: whoever comes out on top in that primary will go on to win. (Oh, and I also forecast that the sun will rise in the east tomorrow morning.)

    I also forecast that the Dem primary winner will have a plurality of ten percent or less.

    Think about that. Ten percent or less in a primary goes on to take a Congressional seat.

    Heckuva way to run an electoral system.

    I’m outta here.

  8. - Skeeter - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 11:40 am:

    The thing about the NRA questionairre is that if Sandy Hook didn’t make people take a new look at gun control, then nothing will.

    Did she change her mind? Maybe. 27 dead will do that. I just don’t think that an evolving position in light of changing circumstances is a bad thing. It beats the heck out of stubbornly holding positions no matter what the data says.

  9. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 12:10 pm:

    –Additionally, when asked by the NRA if Hutchinson would support “legislation making it a crime to fail to report the loss or theft of a firearm,” she replied: “No, I would oppose such legislation because it has no demonstrated affect on crime and creates an unwarranted legal presumption that gun owners should answer to the police for their own victimization or misfortune.” –

    Oh, well done, senator. I hope the straw buyers who are peddling guns to the murderous drug lords in your district reward you for supporting their actions. They couldn’t do it without you.

    And why would this be a priority for the NRA, anyway? Are they defending freedom to not report a theft?

    No, they’re carrying water for illegal gun traffickers.

  10. - USMCJanitor - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 12:18 pm:


    Its ALREADY illegal to buy and re-sell a weapon in a straw fashion. There was a big bust just a few weeks ago here in Chicago. Anyone saying they “lost” or the weapon was “stolen” can still be prosecuted. Just saying that is not a get out of jail free card.

    Why dont you ask why we dont prosecute almost anyone that lies on the federal and state forms for buying firearms? Something like 1.5 million in the last 10 years and like a couple hundred were ever prosecuted…

  11. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 12:29 pm:

    Janitor, I didn’t write the NRAs questionnaire. Ask them why it is their priority when weighing candidates.

  12. - wndycty - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 12:50 pm:

    The Daily Kos fundraiser for Robin is at $30k.

  13. - VanillaMan - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 12:57 pm:

    Sounds to me like Hutchinson and Halvorson know how to cater to their old district voters and Kelly does too. It will be interesting which of each candidate’s voters are in the new 2nd District and will show up to vote.

  14. - Arthur Andersen - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 3:42 pm:

    word, AA wouldn’t vote for anyone who cannot use affect and effect correctly.

  15. - wishbone - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 5:05 pm:

    So called assault rifles are used in 1% of gun crimes. The assault weapon ban is DOA in Congress. This is just a complete failure to prioritize on the part of Democrats. I don’t understand the waste of their political capital on a de minimis issue that will have no impact on gun crime even if it were passed.

  16. - Just The Way It Is One - Tuesday, Feb 5, 13 @ 8:25 pm:

    Pretty telling…and yet, things change…(e.g. more repulsive massacres–Rep. Giffords, NIU, Aurora, Co., Newtown, Ct., etc.)…people change. Where’s the crime in that?! This is America. Things evolve…

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.

* Happy Thanksgiving!
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Five unanswered questions
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Question of the day
* Caption contest!
* Crossing the line
* Moody's warns Illinois
* The Credit Union Difference
* *** UPDATED x1 - Franks responds *** Uh-oh
* Then and now
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's blog posts

Visit our advertisers...







Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

* Verizon ad wants us to disconnect for the holidays
* Samsung wants you to gift Samsung products this Christmas
* The future is now: Transparent aluminum on your phone
* Make your truck driving dreams come true in TruckSimulation 16
* Leaked renders show a rotating camera on the upcoming ZUK Z2
* Look for clues and discover the mysterious history of Facility 47
* Football Manager Touch 2016 now out on Android devices

* South Side Sox' SB Nation MLB Awards voting results
* Starting Pitcher Rankings: Chris Sale and Jose Quintana maintain st...
* Scouting profile: Adam Engel
* Alex Avila will try to shed limitations with White Sox
* White Sox program provides kids real chance
* Johnson solid candidate for White Sox rotation
* White Sox sign catcher Avila to one-year deal


Main Menu
Pundit rankings
Subscriber Content
Blagojevich Trial
Updated Posts

November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005


RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0


* Illinois has taken few Syrians in last 5 years .....
* Will Lincolnshire take on labor unions by estab.....

* 3 teens killed in northern Illinois crash
* Springfield micro-lending fund gives $120K in 1st 2 months
* Project searches for pre-1860 farmhouses in Sangamon County
* Illinois community college plans to boost foreign recruiting
* Historic re-enactors gather at former French fort
* Foul play not suspected in death of southern Illinois woman
* Lawyers for Schock say documents handed over to prosecutors
* EXCHANGE: Highland art teachers exhibit works on campus
* Police make arrest in killing of Chicago 9-year-old boy
* Mascoutah burglary victim shot in 1st night at new home

* Local free community college plans may be template for U.S.
* Rauner faces challenges in move to block refugees
* Vendor Payment Program suspended due to budget impasse
* Rauner pardons man found innocent of 1999 attack
* Springfield jobless rate falls again, to 5.1 percent
* Springfield police chief sees problems with body cam law
* Lawsuit challenges Illinois ban on marijuana campaign money
* Number of Illinois inmates released on parole climbing
* Bryce Benton circulating petitions to challenge Sen. Sam McCann in GOP primary
* Executive Mansion roof repairs nearing completion

* Retailers ready for shooting protests
* Mag Mile tied up by protest over Chicago teen's shooting
* Review: Sociale in the South Loop
* Her Barbie was a lawyer. Now she defends victims' rights
* Meet the guy making money off your food scraps

* CPS lags in hiring black teachers
* BGA Public Eye: Dolton voters may get shot to recall trustees
* Blackhawks rally for stunning victory with two late goals
* Aaron Schock’s lawyers voluntarily providing records sought by feds
* In wake of dashcam video, Emanuel must navigate political minefield
* White House under holiday lockdown after man jumps fence
* Trevor Daley turning the corner at both ends of the ice
* Rauner faces challenges in move to block Syrian refugees
* Brown: Simeon basketball players bring their A-game to court
* 16 reasons every Blackhawks fan should be thankful on Thanksgiving

* Boston police probing fight involving 76ers center Jahlil Okafor
* Woman dead after Dan Ryan crash
* Teen fatally shot in Gary
* Illinois schools' strengths, weaknesses exposed in statewide survey
* Man, woman get themselves to safety after falling into Lake Michigan
* 1 killed, 2 wounded in city shootings
* Police warn of burglaries on West Side
* Fiery crash in McHenry County kills 3 18-year-olds; bystanders try to free passengers
* Tyshawn on swing when gangbangers out for revenge targeted him: prosecutors
* Blog: Mag Mile marchers protest Laquan McDonald shooting

* Kristina Rasmussen: Relying on one another, not the government
* Charles Krauthammer: The Syrian immigration cul-de-sac
* Rob Elliott: EPA ethanol ruling affects more than energy policy
* Local free community college plans may be template for U.S.
* Rauner faces challenges in move to block refugees
* Vendor Payment Program suspended due to budget impasse
* Eugene Robinson: The GOP's political correctness dodge
* Douglas Holt: Woman's protest of Trump was misguided, inappropriate
* George Will: Muzzling pet advice another case of free speech erosion
* Bernard Schoenburg: Josh Langfelder took father's advice on election petition signatures

* Pregame Show Presented by Financial Adviser Paul Ruedi 11-28-15
* LIVE! Northwestern
* Illini, Cubit reach deal
* Fisher fire under investigation
* Champaign woman dies from fire injuries
* Saturday SportsTalk 11-28-15
* Coffee With The Plant Experts 11-28-15
* Game Day Q&A: Safety Clayton Fejedelem
* The story behind the Gordyville antique show
* Who lives here? Nov. 28, 2015

* Pope to visit Central African Republic's divided capital
* Energy-rich Russia pays little attention to climate change
* Disterhoft leads No. 25 Iowa women to 64-50 win over Houston
* Iran lures foreign investors with new oil contracts
* Thousands cheer Trump at raucous rally in Florida

* House lawmakers overcome hurdle on key tra...
* Rodney Davis talks funding with Bloomingto...
* The agency that fought Illiana gets a new ...
* Rep. Dold takes educational cruise down Ch...
* Lawmakers decry high turnover rate of VA h...
* CBD Oil, and politics
* Simon considering state Senate bid
* Killer Congressman Tom MacArthur trying to...
* Shutdown? State may not notice
* Rep. Bob Dold

* Durbin Calls on Gov. Rauner to Meet With S......
* Durbin Statement on Pfizer-Allergan Invers......

* Opinion: Sen. Kirk must stand with crimina......

* Tony at the Red Line Tap.
* The cover-up of the killing of Laquan McDonald.
* Keeping retirement weird. Justice is the public face of love.
* RLC Roundup: Drivers Aim Lawsuit At Tinley Park Red Light Cameras
* Dueling pair of children being used to fight for attention of Chicago, world
* No Positive Loitering Tonight
* Fairness.
* It brings out the rats.
* If we are to get Goldman Sachs out of ESEA, we will have to be the ones to do it.
* Black Friday on North Michigan Avenue.

* Emergency Management Officials, National Weather Service Encourage Winter Preparedness - November is Winter Weather Preparedness Month in Illinois
* Keep Your Family Safe This Winter - November through February are leading months for carbon monoxide related incidents
* Governor Takes Bill Action
* Illinois Department of Labor Director Hugo Chaviano Awards Governor’s Award for Contributions in Health and Safety to the Illinois Refining Division of Marathon Petroleum Company LP
* State Regulator Elected Treasurer of Interstate Medical Licensure Compact

    Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller