Former Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson lashed out at Rachel Maddow in an interview with BuzzFeed Thursday, after the MSNBC host criticized her for being too cozy with the NRA.
Maddow devoted a portion of her show Wednesday night to showcasing an ad attacking Halvorson’s record on gun control. The ad is sponsored by Independence USA, a super PAC financed by NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg that supports stricter gun control measures.
“Debbie Halvorson was pretty widely thought to have a good shot at winning that very, very, very crowded primary for Jesse Jackson’s seat. But it should be noted that Debbie Halvorson is not your usual Illinois Democrat,” Maddow said, highlighting her “A” rating from the NRA.
Asked about Maddow’s comments, Halvorson attacked the host.
“Shame on Rachel Maddow, who I used to have greatest respect for because she was honest, even keel, and didn’t discriminate,” Halvorson said. “But last night, she took this super-PAC ad as gospel when she usually hates super-PACs.”
Halvorson said the segment unfairly portrayed her record on gun control.
“These super PACS come in and say whatever they want it,” Halvorson said. “It doesn’t have to be true. This ad is so over the top, it’s going to backfire against them.”
Halvorson said she will continue to run her campaign on the issue that most concerns constituents—job creation.
“I have a thick skin and an iron-clad stomach, but you know it still hurts to watch lies on TV,” Halvorson said. “I’m going to keep doing what I’m going to do. I’m the frontrunner in this race, and I’m used to being the frontrunner and when you’re the frontrunner, you’re used to being attacked.”
Sixteen candidates are vying for the democratic slot to be decided in a primary February 26. The election will be April 9, 2013.
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Well, this is stupid - did CJ Lotz (the author) even watch that segment on The Rachel Maddow Show last night?? Maddow’s point wasn’t to say that the ad was true, it was that political pressure from this Super PAC was effective in getting Halvorson to distance herself from the NRA. Given that she has an A rating (not easy) and previously previously vocalized her support for them, this is significant. And it’s significant not just because of her own pivot, but because it demonstrates that the NRA no longer has a chokehold on gun politics - but in fact, there are people making moves on the other side. But instead you let Halvorson obfuscate the issue, victimize herself, and make Maddow out to be the bully. Well played.
And also, does Halvorson disagree with the characterization of her in the ad? Because it doesn’t seem that she disagrees with the ad. It sounds like she’s just butthurt that Maddow highlighted it on her show. “How DARE you accurately portray my voting record and political stance?!?”
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