SPRINGFIELD - The National Rifle Association's lobbyist in Springfield Todd Vandermyde is getting heat from the Chicago media over a bill he's moving through the General Assembly that would change a law he broke while bow hunting last December.
Vandermyde paid a $120 fine for driving a vehicle with his crossbow out of its case, loaded, while hunting on private property. Now he's working to change the law so hunters like himself aren't ticketed for similar activity. Gun control advocate State Rep. Kelly Cassidy thinks what Vandermyde's doing is out of line. Sun-Times reports:
“Look, I like Todd. I do, in spite of myself,” said state Rep. Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago, a gun-control advocate and a lead architect of the state’s same-sex marriage law. “But if I got a ticket and changed the law because I got a ticket, people would be screaming bloody murder. I don’t think it’s any different when someone with the level of influence and access that he has does it, too,” she said.
But those critical of his behavior in this case, like Cassidy, “hate the Second Amendment, and they really hate the First Amendment to boot, that little thing about petitioning government for grievances,” Vandermyde said. “That’s what I do all day.”
Vandermyde hinted Cassidy's outrage is a bit hypocritical.
In fact, he said, what he did in pushing to change the hunting law because of his own experience is no different than what Cassidy, as an openly lesbian legislator, did in helping pass same-sex marriage last year.
“Kelly — or any other legislator — takes on personal issues. I’m sure her vote for gay marriage had nothing to do with fact she’s a lesbian. They all work on pet issues, right?” Vandermyde said.