CHICAGO, Dec. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following was released today by the ISRA Political Victory Fund (ISRA-PVF):
"I've never seen a suburban Republican try so hard to look like a Chicago Machine Democrat," is how ISRA-PVF spokesman Richard Pearson characterized the behavior of Republican gubernatorial candidate Jim Ryan. Pearson's remarks came as follow-on to a published interview during which Ryan pledged to enact a ban on semiautomatic target rifles and shotguns. In that same Chicago Tribune interview, Ryan also pledged to deny law-abiding citizens the opportunity to carry defensive firearms to protect themselves and their families.
Ryan's latest affront to the state's 1.5 million law-abiding hunters, sportsmen and firearm owners comes only days after the Ryan camp was forced to issue a retraction of the candidate's claim that he had been endorsed by the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) during his unsuccessful 2002 run for the governor's mansion. In reality, neither Ryan nor his Democratic opponent, Rod Blagojevich, received ISRA support in 2002 as the two were deemed equally unsuitable for office.
"We were not at all surprised by Ryan's remarks in the Tribune," said Pearson. "Ryan's hostility toward law-abiding firearm owners extends way back to his days as DuPage County State's Attorney. Ryan's philosophical distaste for the fundamental rights guaranteed under the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution make him particularly unqualified to serve as Illinois governor. As we saw in 2002, Jim Ryan has slammed the door in the faces of Illinois firearm owners. As primary day draws near, Ryan may find that, if you keep doing the same things over and over, you will keep getting the same result."
The ISRA-PVF is a political action committee affiliated with the Illinois State Rifle Association. A copy of our report is available for a fee from the Illinois State Board of Elections, Springfield, Illinois.
SOURCE ISRA Political Victory Fund