* From the Kankakee Daily Journal…
Bill Brady said he’s learned enough from the election of 2010 to win in 2014.
Brady was the Republican nominee for governor in 2010 in Illinois. He led in the polls most of the way, then was defeated on election night by Democrat Pat Quinn. Brady lost by 32,000 votes, less than one percent of the popular vote. He carried 98 of Illinois’ 103 counties, including all those in The Daily Journal circulation area.
“I learned how big the state is,” he told the Kiwanis Club of Kankakee on Monday. “I learned that I didn’t spend enough time in Cook and the collar counties. I know we need to reach out to blacks and Latinos more,” he said.
OK, it’s nice that he says he learned some lessons, particularly about Cook County.
* But then he said this…
He supports concealed carry and would strengthen it. He said the ban on carrying while on public transportation was unfair to some who needed public transportation and who needed to protect themselves.
The entire Chicago media freaks the heck out when anybody mentions concealed carry on mass transit. Here’s an example, from the Chicago Tribune. And no it’s not a column or editorial, it’s supposed to be a straight news piece…
Worried transit officials asked lawmakers to imagine a CTA train packed with inebriated, possibly irate fans after a Cubs night game, then consider the wisdom of adding gun-toting passengers to the potentially volatile mix.
Or what if a thief grabbed a bus rider’s iPhone — a not-uncommon crime — and an armed commuter tried to stop the criminal?
* From a Tribune editorial…
Self-defense? On the CTA, the most commonly reported crime is theft. Commuters carrying smartphones, tablets and other portable electronics are frequent targets. Those incidents continued to climb last year, even as batteries, robberies and assaults declined slightly.
Having your iPhone snatched from your hands might be infuriating, but it doesn’t call for a lethal response. Allowing commuters to carry guns, though, would invite that sort of overreaction. An armed commuter who tried to stop a purse-snatching could easily harm or even kill others in a crowded bus or train.
There is no need to get into a debate about the merits of this issue in comments. Yes, the gun folks like the idea, but there’s no doubt that it’s a killer general election issue in Cook County. It’s just the reality.
If Brady wins the primary, I guarantee you this will be used against him.
If you want Cook County votes next November, you have to at least try to not freak out Cook County voters.