Bloomberg plays kingmaker

What is the mayor of New York city giving a couple of million dollars to an obscure candidate for the House of Representatives in Illinois? It's the guns, stupid. Politico: A multimillion-dollar ad blitz by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to stop an NRA-backed House candidate in Illinois paid off Tuesday night, as local official Robin Kelly crushed more than a dozen Democratic candidates vying to replace disgraced former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Bloomberg and gun control proponents seized on the results as evidence of momentum in their push to enact President Barack Obama's gun control package. The mayor will take that message to Washington Wednesday in meetings with Vice President Joe Biden, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), according to Bloomberg's public schedule. Bloomberg's visit coincides with a hearing the Senate Judiciary is slated to hold Wednesday on a proposal to ban assault weapons. With 72 percent of precincts reporting in...(Read Full Post)