You catch more flies with honey, and NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns PAC* is trying a sweeter approach now that Sen. Pat Toomey is working to strike a bipartisan deal on background checks.
The group’s latest latest television ad lauds Toomey for his willingness to address the national system for background checks.
“Call Senator Toomey. Tell him it’s time to take Pennsylvania solutions to Washington.”
The group’s first ad took a sharper tone toward Toomey. But news has since emerged that Toomey is working with West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin (D) on a background check deal. Democrats have abandoned bans on assault weapons and high capacity magazines, and background checks are their last hope for federal gun laws in the wake of the Newtown school shooting.
Several of Toomey’s Republican colleagues, including Sens. Ted Cruz (TX) and Rand Paul (KY) have threatened to filibuster and Democratic gun control measures.
Later today, the statewide organization Cease Fire PA will rally outside Toomey’s Philadelphia office with Mayor Michael Nutter and former Governor Ed Rendell. Expect the tone of that event to be sweeter, too, in light of the past week’s events.
*The Mayors Against Illegal Guns Action Fund is a 501c(4), not formally a political action committee.