May 25, 2013
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s first gun control challenge to a Democrat is already getting personal.
Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG), the pro-gun control group backed by Bloomberg, released an ad on Friday targeting Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), who voted against a high-profile amendment to expand background checks on gun purchases last month. Pryor, who faces a potentially rocky path to re-election in 2014, immediately and defiantly pushed back against the ad, calling it “disgusting.”
MAIG and some progressive and liberal groups have pledged to hold accountable the four Democratic senators who voted against the background check measure. MAIG’s spot hitting Pryor is its first, however, against a Democrat. It has also gone after Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Kelly Ayotte (N.H.).
The ad against Pryor — a $350,000 buy — features Angela Bradford-Barnes, who stares into the camera and says she is “disappointed” in Pryor’s vote. Bradford-Barnes worked with former State Democratic Party Chair Bill Gwatney, who was brutally murdered in 2008 at the state Democratic Party headquarters.
This article was posted: Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 6:20 am