Laura Washington: Sure, Suffredin is a political whore, but he’s my political whore

Rabidly anti-gun columnist Laura Washington wrote Monday of her support for rabidly anti-gun Cook County (Illinois) Commissioner Larry Suffredin in his bid to become the next Cook County state’s attorney. This is in spite of Suffredin’s other job as a lobbyist.

Larry Suffredin’s fatal flaw may be his longtime lobbying for gambling, tobacco and drug interests. It raises conflict of interest questions that are tough to set aside.

A list of his lobbying clients can be found here.

Why, despite Suffredin’s “fatal flaw,” would she support him?

Still, Suffredin has made fighting gun violence a signature initiative. He’s got the NRA and its minions in a frenzy. His plan to go after gun shop owners and others who are peddling death on our streets will save our children.

In other words, so what about the clear conflict of interest–as long as it serves my pet agenda? By the way, does this make me one of the NRA’s “minions”? Does Laura consider herself one of the Brady Bunch’s minions?

Looking at that list of lobbying clients, we see that one of them is Illinois Citizens for Handgun Control, which, according to this, is another name for the rabidly anti-gun Illinois Council against Handgun Violence. Suffredin is also a longtime board member of yet another rabidly anti-gun, group, the Illinois Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

So let’s see, a commissioner of a county board, who pushes every restrictive gun ordinance he thinks he can manage to impose on the county (in addition to his latest attempt to shut down every gun dealer in the county, he was the author of Cook County’s huge expansion of their ban of so-called “assault weapons”), and now is running for State’s Attorney, is also a paid lobbyist for anti-gun groups, and is a board member of one such group. This goes beyond conflict of interest–this is closer to incest.

But never mind that, Laura Washington says–it’s OK, because he’s going after “gun shop owners and others who are peddling death on our streets . . . “

Let’s just put the fox in charge of hen house security, while we’re at it.

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