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  Ald. Anthony Beale lashes out at President Obama's commitment on guns in 2nd CD race
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News DateTuesday, February 19, 2013 10:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionAn apparently frustrated Ald. Anthony Beale (9th) released a campaign statement today saying that President Obama "needs to stand with us in Chicago," on gun violence.

The statement appears to reflect frustration from a campaign that feels snubbed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg's SuperPAC, Independence USA, which has poured hundreds of thousands of dollars to back candidate Robin Kelly instead of Beale in the race for Jesse Jackson Jr.'s old seat.
In all, the political action committee has committed $2.1 million to the race and has spent much of it blasting frontrunner Debbie Halvorson's position against an assault weapons ban.

Beale: "understands Mayor Bloomberg's passion for gun control. What the campaign doesn't understand is selecting one candidate out of a field of 17. Especially, when one of the candidates is an elected official in the Chicago City Council currently and the other candidate hasn't been in office since 2006," a statement released by Beale's campaign staff said.

In an unusual turn for a candidate seeking election next week in a heavily African American District, the Beale statement, released Tuesday, went on to question President Obama's commitment to reducing gun violence.
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