Nanny Bloomberg aims at Debbie Halvorson in IL-02 Democratic Primary.


New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is putting his money where his mouth is when it comes to politics and gun legislation.

His super PAC, Independence USA, is dropping more than $1 million in advertisement money against a Democratic candidate running in a special election to replace former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. of Chicago.

The candidate, former U.S. Rep. Debbie Halvorson, has an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association and opposes proposals that call for a renewed ban on assault weapons similar to the one that expired in 2004.

Continue reading Nanny Bloomberg aims at Debbie Halvorson in IL-02 Democratic Primary.

Update on IL-02: Democrats starting up their internecine primary war.

Do you know what the most terrifying thing is about this Politico article (“Blacks fret free-for-all for Jesse Jackson Jr. seat*”)?  It’s the very last paragraph:

“There’s going to be a lot of people running no matter what,” [soon-to-be former Democratic Congresswoman Debbie] Halvorson said. “This is the chance of a lifetime. Open seats don’t come along very often.”

‘Open seats don’t come along very often.’ Tremble for the Republic, my friends.  Not because she’s wrong, because she’s not: they don’t. Continue reading Update on IL-02: Democrats starting up their internecine primary war.

#rsrh Do I feel bad about this?

I suppose I do, in an intellectual sort of way:

At [Debbie] Halvorson’s campaign headquarters, the mood was somber almost from the moment the polls closed. Halvorson smiled — her staff sulked — and she tried to stay positive for the TV cameras when she arrived at her election-night party in a downtown Homewood bar.

She said she was happy about the outcome, and happy for [Jesse] Jackson [Jr.], though he didn’t take her call when she tried to congratulate him.

I mean, I wouldn’t have taken Debbie Halvorson’s call, either – but then, I’m not a Democrat anymore.  Still, it’s a bit not-nice of the Congressman.  Guess I’m just a big softy that way – or just disappointed.  Halvorson would have been a lot easier to beat in that district.

Ach, well. Go Brian Woodworth!

Moe Lane

Adam Kinzinger (R CAND, IL-11) up in two polls.

This Hill article is not quite accurate:

If this is any indication of where the healthcare debate has left Democrats, they could be in trouble.

Rep. Debbie Halvorson (D-Ill.) trails her reelection race by six points in the first public House poll conducted after the healthcare debate.

The Public Opinion Strategies (R) poll for Iraq veteran Adam Kinzinger (R), which is set to be released widely, shows him leading Halvorson 44-38. The congresswoman is largely unknown, with a 33 percent favorability rating and 31 percent unfavorable.

…it’s not the only poll. Sean Trende over at Real Clear Politics is reporting that newcomer pollster We Ask America is likewise showing Adam over Halvorson:

Moving into the Chicago exurbs, first term Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson appears to be in a heap of trouble against former McLean County Commissioner Adam Kinzinger. She trails 42%-30% in the R+1 Eleventh district, which has traditionally sent Republicans to Congress.

Take that with as many grains of salt as you like, of course. Still, this is one of the GOP’s bright spots, even in an election cycle full of them.

Adam’s site is here; the Public Opinion Strategy poll is here.

Moe Lane

Crossposted to RedState.

Adam Kinzinger (IL-11) for Congress.

Now that the Illinois primary is over, we can show you the official GOP candidate for IL-11. Meet Adam Kinzinger:

(Donate to Adam Kinzinger here: he’s trying to raise 10K by 02/10/10.)

Adam’s a fiscal conservative, military veteran (Air NG, served overseas), and pro-life; his hobbies include toppling incumbents in elections, advocating smaller government, and subduing would-be knife-wielding maniacs with his bare hands. His opponent, Debbie Halvorson, is best known for folding like a cheap suit over cap-and-trade, then running and hiding over health care rationing like most of the rest of the supposedly ‘moderate’ Democrats in Red Districts. IL-11 is a R+1 district, so check Adam out.

Moe Lane

Crossposted to RedState.

Meet Adam Kinzinger (R Cand, IL-11).

Brian’s excellent post about Debbie Halvorson and her fake independence lacked only one thing: this.

Not his fault – it took a little bit of finding – but it’s an excuse to put this front and center. Adam’s main site is, of course, here. It’d be great if he hit his fundraising number by the deadline, wouldn’t it?

Moe Lane

Crossposted to RedState.

How you know when you’ve gotten yourselves in a legislative pickle.

When you have to yank out a potential “Yes” vote from the pickle jar.

Vicious of me, yes, but my sympathy for Pat Kennedy isn’t what you’d call ‘high.’ And my sympathy for the Congressional Democrats for being so in need of his vote to pass their unseen monstrosity of a bill is even lower. Really: at this point, all you’re doing is writing the NRCC‘s campaign ads for them for next year.

And trust me: to quote the classics, they’re going to be open for business. Hi, Debbie Halvorson! Tell us again how independent you are!

Moe Lane

Crossposted to RedState.