Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Kathy Salvi: A 2nd Amendment Gal

This week’s suburban edition of Public Affairs features Kathy Salvi, who is running in the 8th CD Republican Primary for the right to take on Cong. Melissa Bean [D-Barrington, 8th CD] and her one million dollars [current cash on hand].

For an update on how much money Cong. Bean is raking in and how her Republican potential challengers are doing on that score, see here and here [Sweet says Cegelis may get boot from Rahm]. In the Illinois delegation, Bean [$1.4 million] was second only to Speaker J. Dennis Hastert [$1.9 million] in third quarter money raising. And, here you thought "diamonds were a girl's best friend." Forget it, now she says, "Give me hard cash, or make that hard dollars."

For a partial transcript of the portion of this week's show with Kathy Salvi that deals with tort reform and the Salvi's net worth, a detailed suburban airing schedule of “Public Affairs,” and for a link to learn more about Kathy Salvi and to her web site,see here.

We discuss and debate on the show with Kathy Salvi the Bush Tax Cuts, the economy, tort reform and non-economic damage caps, the War, WMD, North Korea [Kim Mentally Ill], Iran, education and school vouchers [including the famous Berkowitz backpack] and in deference to Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean—we touched on Gays, Guns, God and abortion, and uped him one by also discussing embryonic stem cell research.

As to guns and gun control, Kathy Salvi said on the show that she is a “2nd Amendment Gal,” and sought to disassociate herself from her husband’s [Al Salvi] fairly sharp reversal in ’97 of his somewhat harsh views on gun control that Al had taken in his 1996 U. S. Senate run. Kathy Salvi said she “stood by her man,” but she is her “own woman,” and Al is his “own man,” [but they are one in marriage as man and woman and they do have six kids].

However, I think Kathy agreed that she had some involvement in Al’s 1996 and 1998 campaigns and wasn’t just staying in the kitchen at the time and “baking cookies.” Kathy Salvi also indicated that she supported concealed carry [which by the way, thirty one states in the U. S. have as their law in one form or another, and according to a man who has produced many scholarly studies on the subject, John Lott, are safer as a result of that legislation].

And, then on trade, we had this exchange:

Jeff Berkowitz: Free Trade. Are you a free trader?

Kathy Salvi: Absolutely.

Jeff Berkowitz: You would have supported NAFTA [the North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement]?

Kathy Salvi: NAFTA or CAFTA [the Central American Free Trade Agreement]?

Jeff Berkowitz: NAFTA. That was 10 years ago. Would you have supported NAFTA?

Kathy Salvi: I want to tell you this. As these bills come before me on the free trade issue, I will want to look and determine how our American workers are being treated. Are they being handled fairly? And, while I wasn’t in there on the negotiations of NAFTA, or more recently, CAFTA—you know CAFTA is a hard call- I probably would have supported it.

Jeff Berkowitz: …NAFTA?

Kathy Salvi: I probably would have supported that, too.

Jeff Berkowitz: Now, [the 8th CD incumbent, Congresswoman] Melissa Bean supported CAFTA. So, is there any difference between the two of you on that?

Kathy Salvi: But, let me just say this on CAFTA. You know the jury’s still out. I think we gained a lot more than we lost but we have to make sure that any future trade bill has protections for our American workers, period. And, they just can’t be in language. It has to be in hard, solid protection.

Jeff Berkowitz: So, you wouldn’t say you are a 100% free trader?

Kathy Salvi: Oh, I am.

Jeff Berkowitz: You are?

Kathy Salvi: I am.

Jeff Berkowitz: Subject to what you just said.

Kathy Salvi: Yeah, subject to protections for American workers. Absolutely.
Kathy Salvi, candidate in the 8th Cong. Dist. Republican Primary, recorded on October 9, 2005, and as the program is airing on the suburban edition of “Public Affairs,” this week [Week of Oct. 17] and on the City of Chicago edition of “Public Affairs,” Monday night, October 24 at 8:30 pm on CANTV, Cable Ch. 21.