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Beale: I've done more to combat gun violence than Robin Kelly

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Ald. Anthony Beale is running for the 2nd Congressional district -- and he's feeling left out. His spokeswoman in a statement complained that the media has failed to report on Beale and similarly, Beale complains that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has focused his efforts on electing his opponent Robin Kelly, even though Beale has similar anti-gun stances.

Beale raised questions about why Toi Hutchinson dropped out of the race a little more than a week before the election.

Beale's statement:
"The circumstances of her departure from the race, however, are very troubling. We are letting a New York billionaire and the mayor of New York City dictate the terms and possibly the outcome of the 2nd District special election. Voters deserve better. If we let the Mayor of New York decide the next congressman from Illinois, then we really are the 2nd City and the 2nd District.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has poured nearly one-and-a-half-million dollars into this race--and has promised to spend a total of two million dollars to help my opponent, whose credentials on the gun issue add up to no more than sponsoring a gun bill 10 years ago. My opponent keeps touting her record on guns, but she hasn't served in the state legislature since 2006.

I'm the only candidate in this race with a record on guns. I've been working to address gun violence for 14 years...on the ground, in the streets and neighborhoods where people who are affected by it live. My experience combating gun violence isn't just something I latched onto to win an election."

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