The NRA again shows their weasly refusal to support a non-GOP gun rights supporter. While it’s comforting to see them finally draw a line in how bad of a candidate they are willing to endorse, it still boggles the mind to wonder why they refuse to endorse actual pro-gun candidates. Are they afraid they’ll go out of business if we get real constitutionalists in office?
“The vote on Elena Kagan’s confirmation to the Court, along with the previous year’s confirmation vote on Sonia Sotomayor, are critical for the future of the Second Amendment. After careful consideration, the NRA-PVF announced today that it will not be endorsing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for re-election in the 2010 U.S. Senate race in Nevada.”
Not if The New York Times is correct in their analysis:”
The group will not endorse Mr. Reid’s Tea Party backed challenger, Sharron Angle, either, despite her work to win members over…Keenly aware of the blow, a spokesman for Mr. Reid’s campaign responded quickly, noting that the N.R.A. donated nearly $5,000 to Mr. Reid and nothing to Ms. Angle and that the group’s vice president, Wayne LaPierre, once called Mr. Reid a “true champion of the Second Amendment.”
The Las Vegas Review-Journal is even more definitive:
“An NRA spokesman said the organization will not be backing Angle either. ‘We will not be making any endorsement in the Nevada Senate race,’ said Andrew Arulanandam, the group’s public affairs director.”
Why the hell not? What kind of weaselly equivocation is that?
NRA made great noise during the recent DISCLOSE Act debacle about being a “single-issue organization” with a “sworn duty to protect the Second Amendment.”
Look at Angle’s record on guns. From Project Vote Smart:”Based on lifetime voting records on gun issues and the results of a questionnaire sent to all state legislative candidates in 2004, the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund assigned AM Sharron E. Angle a grade of A…”
Gun Owners of America has endorsed Angle. And look at what she is willing to go on the record and be held accountable to. Seriously–take a few minutes and read her answers to the Gun Rights Political Questionnaire Sen, Reid, incidentally, did not respond.