The first TV ad in the special primary election to replace ex-U.S. Rep.
A spokesman for Independence USA, Bloomberg’s gun-control backing super PAC, said it will launch what it called a “significant” TV and cable ad campaign on Wednesday to inform Chicago-area voters about Halvorson’s past support from the
The wealthy Bloomberg, an ally of Chicago Mayor
The criticism of gun control opponents fits into a strategy Democratic candidates are using against Halvorson, a former one-term congresswoman from Crete. Foes note Halvorson’s opposition to a ban on semiautomatic weapons and high capacity gun magazines backed by home-state President
In the TV ad, a narrator says, “In the race to replace
Among the 17
Hutchinson, who replaced Halvorson in the
The Bloomberg super PAC is not endorsing a candidate in the ad. But the ad said Halvorson co-sponsored a measure that would allow some criminals to carry loaded, hidden guns into Chicago."
That was a reference to unsuccessful federal legislation to legalize public possession of firearms across state lines, if the gun owners had a permit and were not barred from carrying a concealed firearm by federal or state law. Halvorson was among 209 sponsors for the 2009 bill.
Halvorson has said she could not "in good conscience" place additional gun bans on law-abiding citizens until current gun laws were more strongly enforced, though she does support universal gun checks and an upgrading of the database to ensure criminals and the mentally ill do not get guns.
Also Tuesday, Democratic candidate Robin Kelly announced endorsements that included state Sen.
Trotter said he had forgotten about the gun and ammunition after working as a security guard. Kelly, who was a former top aide to Preckwinkle and a onetime state lawmaker from Matteson, has made combating gun violence a key plank in her campaign.