Robin Kelly’s victory to fill the seat vacated by Jesse Jackson Jr., in the 2nd Illinois Congressional District has not gone unnoticed by the Vice President of the United States, Joseph Biden, as he weighed in on Wednesday on the meaning of her victory.
Vice President Joe Biden some delivered remarks on Wednesday on the Obama Administration’s proposals to reduce gun violence at the 2013 Winter-Spring Meeting of the National Association of Attorneys General. The subject of the great political victory of Robin Kelly on Tuesday came up, a political victory fueled by the issue of gun violence and the National Rifle Association (NRA).
“Yesterday, the people of the Second Congressional District of Illinois spoke,” VP Biden said in remarks at the meeting of the National Association of Attorneys General.
VP Biden made it clear that “For the first time since Newtown, voters sent a clear and unequivocal signal. The voters chose among a field of qualified candidates a candidate who spoke forcefully for national gun safety legislation.”
Biden explained that the “voters sent a message last night, not just to the NRA but to politicians all around the country by electing Robin Kelly, who stood up and stood strong for gun safety, totally consistent with our Second Amendment rights. They sent a message, the message is there will be a moral price as well as a political price to pay for inaction. This is not 1994. People know too much.”
That political victory by Robin Kelly is having reverberations and sent political shock waves on the national scene. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that Robin Kelly’s victory was a win for the voters. “I didn’t win,” he said. “It is the public that’s the winner here.”
“Is it a harbinger of things to come? I think so, but this is the public speaking,” he said.
“The voters of this congressional district understood that they and their children and grandchildren are at risk with guns on the streets,” he said. The one who won — who I’ve never met, never talked to — she has been stand up on understanding the problem and committed to do something when she goes to Washington. And her opponent has been rated A+ by the NRA,” said Bloomberg referring to Debbie Halvorson.
“If you explain to the public what the issues are … unvarnished by a advocacy group and who stands for what and what they say they will do if they get elected,” most people will vote for the candidate in favor of gun control, he added.
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