CHICAGO— The newly elected Democratic nominee to replace disgraced former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. vowed to become a leader in the fight for federal gun control and directly challenged the National Rifle Association in her victory speech.
But it remains to be seen whether Robin Kelly’s primary win Tuesday in the Chicago-area district will affect the national debate.
Kelly, a former state representative, emerged early as a voice for gun control after Jackson resigned in November. She gained huge momentum when New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s super PAC poured $2 million into anti-gun television ads that blasted one of her Democratic opponents, former Rep. Debbie Halvorson, for receiving a previous high rating from the NRA. Kelly supports an assault weapons ban, while Halvorson does not.
“We were on the right side of the issue and our message resonated,” Kelly said shortly after her win.
In her victory speech, she promised to fight “until gun violence is no longer a nightly feature on the evening news” and directly addressed the NRA, saying “their days of holding our country hostage are coming to an end.”
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