Debbie Halvorson, a struggling candidate for the 2nd Illinois Congressional district, has been discredited in her claim that Robin Kelly and Mayor Michael Bloomberg forces have closely coordinated their actions for the last months on the ads and mailers produced by Independence USA PAC. If Halvorson's charge were true, that would be a violation of federal campaign rules and a serious offense.
Who says? Debbie Halvorson's source, Rich Miller Capitol Fax who titled his posting on the subject "Not true."
I never reported any such thing. I simply posted an analysis by a Toi Hutchinson partisan which made the claim that Hutchinson had won the week and also included the unsubstantiated allegations. In retrospect, I should’ve deleted that part of it. Kelly’s campaign flatly denied the allegation, by the way.
Then he added in an added note probably directed at Debbie Halvorson, but which applies to all the other candidates in the race.
Leave me out of this, please.
The charge that Halovorson was lodged against Kelly and Bloomberg is an obvious act of desperation on the part of Debbie Halvorson to regain a Congressional seat she held for only one term from 2009-2011.
The refuting of Halvorson's charge calls into question her credibility which has already suffered. For example, Halvorson makes one statement embracing the NRA and then another trying to distance herself.
Debbie Halvorson also has little support from gun activists. Father Michael Pfleger, a Roman Catholic priest and gun control activist in Chicago said recently that “The NRA gives Debbie Halvorson an ‘A’ rating. That tells me she should not be the representative from the 2nd District. If she gets an ‘A’ rating from the NRA, she gets an ‘F’ from me.”
Robin Kelly agrees with Father Pfleger saying that "it is a tragedy that we have lost so many lives in Chicago and the Southland to gun violence, including losing seven lives this Saturday alone. We have to stop the violence and get the guns off the streets. I am the only candidate in the race with the record of fighting against gun violence. I am ready to work with President Obama to take on the NRA and protect our communities.”
Robin Kelly is the only candidate in the race to issue a five-point pledge to combat gun violence.
• Pass a strong, comprehensive ban on assault weapons.
• Eliminate the gun show loophole.
• Ban the use of high capacity ammunition magazines, like those used in Newtown and Aurora.
• Pledge never to receive support from organizations, like the NRA, that oppose reasonable gun safety legislation.
• Support current laws that prohibit conceal and carry permits.
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John is the author of an award-winning book, the 2010 Winner of the USA National Best Book award for African-American studies, published by The Elevator Group Mr. and Mrs. Grassroots: How Barack Obama, Two Bookstore Owners, and 300 Volunteers did it. Also available an eBook on Amazon. John is also a member of the Society of Midland Authors and is a book reviewer of political books for the New York Journal of Books. John has volunteered for many political campaigns and is currently an unpaid volunteer for the Robin Kelly for Congress campaign. Robin Kelly also has a facebook fan page.