Interesting story this morning: For the first time that I can think of, the National Rifle Association’s long-vaunted “rating” system of political candidates has been used to force a pro-gun Democrat out of primary race.
It happened in Illinois and raises the question: where will this happen next?
“Illinois State Sen. Toi Hutchinson dropped her bid to fill the Congressional seat of former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. on Sunday after her moderate views on gun safety made her a target of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s political action committee, Independence USA.
In what will be the first election since the shooting in Newton, Connecticut, the $2 million ad buy criticized Hutchison and another candidate for receiving an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association (NRA). “In the race for Congress, the big issue? Fighting gun violence. Debbie Halvorson and Toi Hutchinson both earned an A from the NRA, they can’t be trusted,” the ad began before endorsing former state Rep. Robin Kelly who supports background checks and banning assault weapons.
It’s about time someone took on the firearms manufacturing and sales lobby that masquerades “the everyman’s gun rights group.”