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The special election in the Chicago-based Illinois 2nd Congressional District has become a referendum on the NRA, as it should be. Of the three top candidates, two have boasted of their "A" rating from the NRA, while the third, our Orange-to-Blue endorsed Robin Kelly, is quite proud of her "F".

One of those gun-lobby-backed candidates, Toi Hutchison, is now whining that Kelly is making this a single issue campaign, and that she has now "moderated" her gun zealotry. But it really wasn't that long ago that she was scooping up gun-lobby cash:

Facebook invite for Illinois State Rifle Association fundraiser for Toi Hutchison.
Goal ThermometerThe Illinois State Rifle Association is the state affiliate of the National Rifle Association, and she had no problem attending their fundraisers, scooping up their cash, and enabling their agenda in Springfield.

Yet now she wants to run from that record and claim that she's pulled a Mitt Romney—180-degree overnight conversion when politically expedient. She claims Sandy Hook made her change her mind, but 500 gun-related deaths in Chicago last year didn't?

Then there's former front-runner Debbie Halvorson, was still touting her NRA bona fides on Facebook in December:

I’ve worked with the NRA, law enforcement and gun control advocates. If we have any hope of finding a solution, we need to elect someone who can bring all sides to the table to pass reasonable gun control along with programs that catch and treat mentally ill individuals before they become dangerous.
But now, with over $600K in Bloomberg attack ads educating the district about her NRA record and her numbers suffering accordingly, she's also gone into whine mode:
At one point, though, the weight of the gun issue on Halvorson surfaced. "This is the thing everybody wants to take out on me," she said. "You don’t know how frustrating this is…when this is the only thing people want to talk about with me."
And that Facebook post? It's been scrubbed.

Over 2,600 of you have already given to Robin Kelly. Let's send a message to the extremist gun lobby that their days of electoral supremacy have come to an end. Give $3 to Robin Kelly!

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 07:30 AM PST.

Also republished by Shut Down the NRA.

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Comment Preferences

  •  This isn't the Gun lobbyist you're looking for (14+ / 0-)

    The Jedi mind trick only works on the weak minded

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 07:33:16 AM PST

    •  The 3 things GOP Politicians hate most... (4+ / 0-)

      1.  When they are dragged from the shadows into the light exposing their true views and values (ie:  $$ and Power above all)

      2.  When others start playing their game back at them, using facts and the truth as their weapons rather than the GOP preferred tool-kit of lies and misdirection's.

      At that point they all devolve into WATB's, the blessed little tykes!

      It's when they start whining, when they begin to lose... that's when you start hearing their true voice.  Once the power-brokers desert them they have no other choice but to go 'off script' (going rogue?).  It's then we all find out how stupid they truly are.

      Oh, and the third thing?  Folks like us.  Where that as a badge of honor, Progressives... A badge of honor!

      "Please don't dominate the rap Jack, if you got nothing new to say." - Robert Hunter

      by WSComn on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 08:23:09 AM PST

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  •  ...when you take it from my cold dead hands! (4+ / 0-)

    Is Charlton still holding his gun, I wonder?

    (Hey, he brought that shit up first.)

    Buy Aldus Shrugged : The Antidote to Ayn Rand, and tear Ayn and the GOP new orifices. ALL ROYALTIES BETWEEN NOW AND MARCH 1, DONATED TO THIS SITE, DAILYKOS!! @floydbluealdus1

    by Floyd Blue on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 07:35:05 AM PST

  •  $20 sent to send a message to the NRA (6+ / 0-)

    "We must hang together,...else, we shall most assuredly hang separately."

    by GreatDane on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 07:47:34 AM PST

  •  God bless Bloomberg for this! (13+ / 0-)

    While I don't always agree with him, this is a great thing he is doing!  I can't think of anyone else with pots of cash who would be willing to take on the NRA so directly.  And it's working!!

    •  Citizen's United is bad for our democracy (0+ / 0-)

      You can't cheer the Bloomberg PAC on one hand for trashing Debbie and then be against Citizen's United on the other.  These PACs are terrible for our democracy.  We should not support any of them.

  •  Hutchinson's "moderated" language (7+ / 0-)

    I find it really interesting that you'll rarely hear her talk about "gun control" since her convenient transformation.

    She almost always uses the term "gun safety" (even on her website), which suggests to me that she's still petrified of freaking people who are afraid of the "gun grabbers" who want to "control" their Second Amendment rights.

  •  As Ned Stark says: (3+ / 0-)
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    JML9999, a2nite, sceptical observer

    "You served, when serving was safe."

    Barack Obama for President

    by looty on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 07:56:14 AM PST

  •  Don't worry! The NRA is working closely your (3+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, remembrance, oldpotsmuggler

    state's Fish & Game to establish seasons, licensing and daily limits for catching the mentally ill.  And before you take offense, there are moderates within the NRA that do advocate for a "catch and release" program in areas with fragile populations, and photo safaris for those under 12....

  •  Reminds me (5+ / 0-)

    of a California politician from 20-30 years ago. I think it was Jesse Unruh, but I may be wrong. Willie Brown followed him as a disciple. He was an old school politician, and gave this quote I've never forgotten:

    "If you can't drink their booze, screw their women, take their money and still vote against them, you don't belong in politics."

    just sayin.

    "The better I know people, the more I like my dog."

    by Thinking Fella on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 08:07:12 AM PST

  •  Jut contributed! (3+ / 0-)

    Let's get the one with the "F" from the NRA into office!

    In our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God ~RFK

    by vcmvo2 on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 08:13:38 AM PST

  •  Anyone have a rubric of the Democratic (1+ / 0-)
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    candidates' stances on the other positions?

    Just curious if this is the ONLY major difference between them.

    Republicans cause more damage than guns ever will. Share Our Wealth

    by KVoimakas on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 08:17:00 AM PST

  •  This scapegoating is bad for everyone (4+ / 0-)

    and needlessly stigmatizes the vulnerable. Again, most individuals with mental health problems keep to themselves or will harm themselves before someone else (broken record....)


    catch and treat mentally ill individuals before they become dangerous.
    we are not animals to be caught.

    "Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass... it is about learning to dance in the rain." ~ Vivanne Grenne

    by remembrance on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 08:18:09 AM PST

  •  Hope Robin does not send snail mail thank you (2+ / 0-)
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    Glen The Plumber, oldpotsmuggler

    I donated.

    I live out of state.

    I hope Robin Kelly does not send me a snail mail thank you.  I hate it when the candidate wastes $0.44 postage and an envelope to thank me, an out-of-state donor.  

    I am happy with an email thank you.

  •  Bu... But... But... (3+ / 0-)
    more gun control equals lost elections.

    The fact that this was never true - in both 1994 and 2010 Healthcare played a more significant role than gun control in RepubliKlans taking control of the House - should not detract from the fact that it is certainly not true now that more gun control equals lost elections.

    I am not now, nor have I ever been, a member of the Republican Party.

    by OnlyWords on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 08:32:06 AM PST

    •  This district is a Chicago district. (0+ / 0-)

      It is a pro-gun control area.
      It is a solidly Democratic area as well. Gun Control isn't going to get us any more Democrats.

      There are 434 other districts, few that are more for gun control, and many that that are more pro-gun rights.

      We have already established that gun control is an issue that will, undoubtedly be voted upon.

      Gun Control isn't going to be a positive in many districts...especially in swing districts.

      Those who would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.

      by FrankRose on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 11:18:24 AM PST

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  •  CATCH and Treat? (2+ / 0-)
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    msmacgyver, overtures

    What's she talking about? Feral cats? Choice of words really do indicate how one thinks.

  •  Do you know anything about our district? (5+ / 0-)


    I've been a long time fan.  I've been reading Daily Kos since near the beginning.  I have to say I'm really sick of these attacks on Debbie Halvorson.  I'm a friend...we grew up near each other and she has known my family for years.  We both grew up in the new 2nd District. She does not deserve this and neither does this district.

    I am personally against guns so I probably have very similar ideas to the people here.

    First, you can't cheer the Bloomberg PAC on one hand for trashing Debbie and then be against Citizen's United on the other.  These PACs are terrible for our democracy.  We should not support any of them.

    Please keep in mind that Debbie is a mother and grandmother. She is the mother of a veteran who was terribly wounded in Afghanistan and spent a lot of time at Walter Reed. She is the former IL Dem Senate Majority Leader.  She VOTED for Obamacare and lost her seat over it. She is pro choice and she VOTED for the Lilly Ledbetter Act.  She is a huge veteran's advocate and helped to get a mega clinic in Joliet, IL. She VOTED for the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes act.  She supports gay marriage.  She VOTED for banking reform.  Shall I go on?  She is a proud mainstream, pragmatic Democrat.  She is not some conservative, southern Democrat.

    Toi Hutchinson does not deserve to be trashed either.  She has been a great leader too.

    This race is turning into a one issue race.  It is ridiculous.  This is a poor district.  The discussion should be about jobs, jobs, and more jobs.  It should be about mass transit and the extension of the Chicago Red Line.  It should be about the the Iliana Expressway and the Abraham Lincoln Airport. Instead, Michael Bloomberg and Daily Kos has tried to make it all about guns.  The constituents deserve a lot more.

    I doubt that you have ever been in this district.  In the last remap, a large portion of Will and Kankakee Counties were added to the district.  Why?  So Jesse Jackson Jr. and Cook County officials could get his/their hands on the potential Abraham Lincoln Airport site and Iliana Expressway expansion. I suspect they wanted to dilute the power of emerging powerhouse Will County officials too. These portions of the new district are the edge of the suburbs, exurban, and rural.  These Democrats are hunters and gun owners.  They make up a large portion of the district now.  This new district is no longer a Chicago District.  It encompasses Chicago from the lakefront in Hyde Park all the way to the farm fields of Kankakee.

    So why do the Chicago and Cook County Democrats want to say that Debbie is too conservative?  She is from Will County near the airport site.  They don't want to lose this seat so they want to try anything to trash her.

    So just remember...while you cheer Michael Bloomberg and his PAC because they are siding with you today...tomorrow it could be the Koch Brothers or some other billionaire buying Democracy for their pet cause.

    Also remember, she has been a loyal Democrats voting for all the issues that readers here hold dear and making sure the Obamacare passed the House.  Don't trash a good woman.

    •  Its about Jobs, Jobs Jobs! (1+ / 0-)
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      I also live in the Will Co. section of the district and chicagodavid's post is spot on. There are progressive Democrats down here who are thankful for Debbie Halvorson's vote on the ACA that cost her the old 11th seat. The other solidly progressive votes she took should mean more in this forum than a 2010 NRA score.

      I've met Robin Kelly and I do think she is a strong candidate as well. However, at the recent Rich Central candidate forum, she trotted out some of the old JJJ rhetoric about the 3rd Airport. No one has ever been able to verify the 13,000 to 25,000 jobs number that the JJJ camp flung around. Now, Kelly is trotting out the same fake numbers for a boondoggle project that airlines won't use. How many jobs will an empty airport generate? For those of us who live here, trotting out old JJJ lies is as bad as an A rating from the NRA. Those of us who live here also remember Kelly's smiling face alongside JJJ out on I 57. I'm concerned that she is too closely associated with the now disgraced former congressman.

      Those of us who live here know the district needs blue collar jobs, white collar jobs, and service jobs. The candidate that will work the longest and the hardest is the one that progressives should be supporting. The district needs a person who can work with all industries to bring jobs here. My choice is between Robin and Debbie. It will be who better articulates a plan to work within congressional framework to get development and jobs here. I will look at their previous records and all legislation they voted for in the ILGA, especially on how it helped people get jobs!

    •  your words vs her words (1+ / 0-)
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      Your words speak strongly in favor of her, but her words refer to "catching" people with mental illness.

      If you are right and she is so great, I'm sure she just misspoke in the quote and will issue any apology.  Otherwise, I hope that other democratic candidates that can also vote well, as well as piss off the NRA, and be sensitive to the issues that some within her constituency face will put her out of any future public office.

      We can do better than people who speak and think like that.

  •  "Gun Control is Sexist..." (0+ / 0-)

    Gayle Trotter: The Woman Who Called Gun Control Sexist
    Feb 7, 2013 4:45 AM EST

    The D.C. lawyer and mother of six shocked many when she told a Senate hearing that guns are ‘the great equalizer’ for women—and that gun control is effectively sexist. She also opposes the Violence Against Women Act—and women in combat. She explains her views to Caitlin Dickson...

    When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

    by msmacgyver on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 10:37:50 AM PST

  •  Except for the wealthy or well insured ones, (1+ / 0-)
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    they just catch & release the mentally ill around here.

    Father Time remains undefeated.

    by jwinIL14 on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 11:39:44 AM PST

  •  Deeply Misleading Post (1+ / 0-)
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    This post is based on several factual errors. The July 2011 event was a meet and greet set up for Sen. Hutchinson to get to know political and business leaders in Grundy County, which had just become a part of the 40th District. It was not a fundraiser, nor was it hosted by or sponsored by the ISRA. The Facebook posting was not done by Sen. Hutchinson, nor was she aware of it, and has no idea why it might have been “scrubbed”. In fact, the ISRA has never hosted a fundraiser for Sen. Hutchinson.  Anyone is free to support anyone they choose, but a misleading caricature of a proud and accomplished progressive like Senator Hutchinson adds nothing to this race.  

    •  Agreed (0+ / 0-)

      Trashing Toi and Debbie is getting very old by people who have no understanding of the new IL-2 and have never been here.

      Lack of jobs is a bigger issue.

      I'm trying to figure out how the gun litmus test is any different than the religious right's one issue abortion stance or the Tea Party crowd's No taxes/revenue pledge?

  •  Thanks for pointing out who hates our Constitution (0+ / 0-)

    I love when articles like this come out which identify folks who don't understand the rights laid out by our founders in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  Now I can send support to the candidates who do and not waste my money on the typical politicians who flop in the wind of public opinion instead of having the courage to protect our rights (and not just sacrifice them in order to achieve some false sense of security.)

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