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Halvorson, Beale blast Kelly in Jackson Jr.`s ex-district

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Candidates in the South Side Second Congressional District angrily attacked the Mayor of New York Monday.

They complained that Michael Bloomberg's Super PAC is trying to buy the Democratic nomination for Robin Kelly with millions of dollars in independent expenditures. Not only that, but two of Robin Kelly's top rivals said they suspect she broke federal campaign rules by secretly coordinating strategy with Mayor Bloomberg.

"I have nothing to do with what he's doing, never did. So, whatever people are saying, it's untrue, ridiculous. I don't know the man," Kelly said.

Still, Kelly, a native of New York, is the chief beneficiary of more than $2 million that billionaire New York Mayor Bloomberg's Super PAC is spending in the Second Congressional District.

After a debate in south suburban Matteson late Monday, rival candidates Anthony Beale and Deborah Halvorson pointed to a report on the influential blog Capitol Fax. They said it indicates that Kelly and Bloomberg forces have closely coordinated their actions for more than month -- in violation of federal campaign rules.

"According to Capitol Fax, it says that she's been going around for weeks talking about her strategy being exactly what happened," Halvorson says.

"That looks extremely suspicious and, so, when you look at the amount of money, we don't need somebody from New York dictating to us here in the Second Congressional District," says Ald. Anthony Beale.

Mayor Bloomberg and Jim Messina, President Obama's veteran Political Director, reportedly met last month at New York's City Hall. Reportedly, guns were the topic of discussion and the need to counter the National Rifle Association's reputation.

The NRA quietly had high hopes in this contest. Two of the candidates, including former congresswoman Halvorson, had an "A" rating from the NRA and she strongly opposes the proposed ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines of ammunition.

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