Once again, Republican Congressman Bob Dold can’t keep up with his own rhetoric: in his response to President Obama’s Oval Office address on Sunday night, Dold released a breathless, partisan statement calling for solutions to America’s gun control problem and the war on terror. Dold then touted his co-sponsorhip of H.R.1076, the Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2015.
Seems legit – except for the fact that Dold has now voted with his fellow House Republicans three times against debating this measure, that would keep dangerous weapons out of the hands of people on the FBI’s no-fly list. And Dold’s preferred Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan (who likes to refer to Dold has his fellow “strong Conservative”), has said that this bill is a mere “distraction” from our actual war on terror.
Illinois voters are calling Dold out on his doubletalk as well; as a local pro-Israel activist put it:
“Dold’s allegiance to Republican leadership trumps common sense… An independent member of Congress would have stood up to his party and supported consideration of the bill.”
We’re just going to leave that there.
“Republican Congressman Bob Dold has now voted three times against debating a bill that he brazenly pretends to support,” said Sacha Haworth of the DCCC. “Illinois voters are beginning to see past Bob Dold’s rhetoric for what lies beneath: nothing more than a ‘strong Conservative’ in a moderate’s clothing.”