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April 29, 2013

HOWEY: Majority support gun background checks



Politics is the art of perception. To listen to Coats and House Republicans, you’d have thought the top line numbers would be in reverse. But they aren’t.

What is a political reality is that the NRA will come in and lay down a lot of bucks (greenbacks, that is) and shoot out a lot of mail in scantly attended Republican primaries. That is the big driver here. 

But even that is beginning to change. In the Illinois 2nd CD election to replace U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. this past winter, Bloomberg’s PAC dumped $2.2 million into Chicago media, which, of course, bleeds over into Northwest Indiana and his candidate, Robin Kelly, won. In the 1st and 2nd CDs, 85.7 percent favored the background check expansion, compared to 80.7 percent in both the Northeast and Southwest Indiana CDs.

So the billionaire Bloomberg is about to change the dynamic on associated political spending. And part of the facade that Hoosiers don’t want any change is showing some hairline fractures and cracks these days.

Maybe another way to look at this is to say, Indiana doesn’t produce any statesmen any more. But we have a lot of primary candidates.

— Brian Howey publishes at Find him on Twitter @hwypol.

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