By Lara Seligman - 02/27/13 05:59 PM EST
Vice President Biden on Wednesday said a gun control advocate’s win in an Illinois Democratic primary sends a signal to lawmakers that voters won’t tolerate inaction on the issue.
Biden said voters “sent a clear, unequivocal signal” by electing Robin Kelly as the Democratic nominee to replace former Rep. Jesse Jackson (D-Ill.).
Kelly defeated former Rep. Debbie Halvorsen, who more strongly favors gun rights, in Tuesday’s primary. Kelly was boosted by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's (I) super-PAC Independence USA, which backs pro-gun control candidates in primaries.
“As Congress considers the president's gun package, voters in Illinois have sent a clear message: We need common sense gun legislation now. Now it's up to Washington to act,” Bloomberg said in a statement sent out by his super-PAC after Kelly’s victory.