Feb 26, 2013 No Comments ›› Spit Stixx
Excerpted from Buzzfeed: Robin Kelly, the Democrat supported by NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg-funded PAC ads won a Chicago-area primary tonight with 56 percent of votes with 60 percent of precincts responding. Today’s primary decided the candidates in the special IL-2 district election to fill Jesse Jackson Jr.’s seat in Congress.
Bloomberg hailed the victory in a statement. “This is an important victory for common sense leadership on gun violence, a problem that plagues the whole nation. And it’s the latest sign that voters across the country are demanding change from their representatives in Washington — not business as usual,” Bloomberg said.
“As Congress considers the President’s gun package, voters in Illinois have sent a clear message: we need common sense gun legislation now. Now it’s up to Washington to act.”
Bloomberg’s success shows that small-town candidates can get big support from national PACs. The Bloomberg-attacked former Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson received 20 percent of the vote with 60 percent of precincts responding, according to the AP.
“Guns were far and away the dominant issue in the race and there’s no doubt that Bloomberg has been a defining part of that,” said Sean Tenner, a Chicago-based political consultant. “I guess the question now is, do Democrats around the country start fearing or being responsive to the Bloomberg PAC more so than the NRA?