Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Yee-Haw! Strickland stronger than GOP candidates on guns

Congressman Ted Strickland today received the only endorsement from the NRA Political Victory Fund in the Ohio Gubernatorial primary races.

From the Strickland for Governor press release:
During your tenure in the U.S. House of Representatives, you have demonstrated a proven commitment to the defense of our Second Amendment rights,"[Chris] Cox
[NRA-PVF chairman] said. "The NRA-PVF urges all NRA members, gun owners and sportsmen to vote for you in Ohio's Democratic primary for governor on May 2,
2006."

"I am thankful for this endorsement and the NRA's acknowledgement of my steady and consistent support for sportsmen and gun owners throughout my time in Congress," Strickland said.

"I have always believed that law-abiding citizens have a right to the freedoms outlined in the Second Amendment. As governor, I will continue to fight to protect those rights."

When was the last time you saw a Democratic have stronger support from gun owners than the GOP? Never say never......

While many Democrats respectfully disagree with Strickland's views and record on guns, I do not. Furthermore, I applaud a candidate who's willing to publicly put out what could be a controversial endorsement within his primary voters shortly before the primary election. So even if you disagree with Strickland, you have to give him credit for being upfront and open about these differences. Say, unlike Strickland's challenger, Bryan Flannery, who has yet to list his pro-life endorsements on his website.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

That's a primary endorsement over Flannery only. NRA-PVF does not endorse in a primary when it views both candidates favorably as it does with Blackwell and Petro.

Don't think that the NRA has forgotten that Strickland was a participant in the Kerry duck hunting event that attempted to deceive voters into thinking John Kerry supported the Second Amendment.

Modern Esquire said...

First of all, it was a goose hunt. Second, it was intended to show Kerry engaged in regular guy activities and was dumb. Third, I don't think the NRA gives a whit about the Kerry goose hunt.

Fourth, given that Strickland has a much more extensive history and record protecting gun owners, the NRA-PVF is going to have a hard time justifying anyone but Strickland in the general election. Especially given that the NRA leadership has campaigned for Strickland in the past.

redhorse said...

and didn't the NRA decline to endorse either Petro or Blackwell in the primary? So what, they'll come back in the fall and say, OOPS, we really meant to support the Republican guy. Our bad.

Anonymous said...

I doubt that the NRA will endorse against a Life Member.

The NRA doesn't "give a whit"?:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A52669-2004Oct21.html

The NRA bought a full-page ad in the Youngstown newspaper accusing Kerry of suiting himself as a sportsman while opposing gun owners' rights. Kerry has said that he supports the right of hunters to own guns, but the powerful gun lobby assailed him for supporting the ban on assault weapons and requiring background checks on gun purchases.

"If John Kerry thinks the Second Amendment is about photo ops, he's Daffy," the ad in the Youngstown Vindicator said.

What is Strickland's position on concealed carry? Has he announced it?

Modern Esquire said...

On concealed carry: The Buckeyes Firearm Association endorsed Strickland, in part, because they say he understands the importance of concealed carry to protect your family.

I can't say that I've seen him be asked, but I imagine he supports HB 347 to get rid of some of the poison pills and poor language in Ohio's concealed carry law.

I've never heard of the NRA choosing which candidate to support based on their views on abortion. In fact, the NRA-PVF has endorsed Strickland over pro-life, social conservative, Republican candidates in the past.

I note that the NRA ad you are referring to (and had forgotten about) doesn't mention Strickland.

I know gun owners want to support Blackwell because he appeals to their other social policy views, but he has no record of supporting gun owner rights. With no record versus a very visible, consistent record, Strickland is more likely to get the endorsement of the NRA.

The NRA wants to be viewed as a bipartisan, pro-gun owners group, so it's not just going to endorse Blackwell because he's a social conservative who only says he supports gun owners rights.