Republican Ticket Gets NRA Endorsement

The National Rifle Association gave their highest ratings – and endorsement – to all three candidates on the Republican statewide ticket running for governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general today.

Ed Gillespie, state Sen. Jill Vogel, and John Adams all received top ratings for their positions on preserving Second Amendment rights.

“The team of Gillespie, Vogel, and Adams will ensure that law-abiding Virginians have the ability to protect and defend themselves,” said Chris W. Cox, chairman of the NRA’s Political Victory Fund. “We need to elect leaders in the Commonwealth who will support our rights. Voters need to send [former New York City Mayor Michael] Bloomberg a strong, clear message — that his gun control agenda is not welcome in Virginia.”

For Gillespie, the NRA-PVF eviscerated his opponent, Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam. Northam, who has an ‘F’ rating from them, was called “jarringly out-of-touch.”

“[Northam] supports gun rationing that would restrict Second Amendment freedoms and supports banning commonly owned firearms and magazines. In addition, he supports criminalizing the private sale of firearms between lifelong friends and family members.”

Northam, of course, has also been endorsed by Bloomberg.

Vogel, who during the Republican nomination contest already picked-up the endorsement of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, also was praised by the NRA for her legislative actions on gun rights:

“As a state lawmaker, Vogel sponsored legislation that would allow victims of domestic violence to defend themselves and cosponsored legislation requiring Virginia to recognize concealed carry permits from every other state.”

Vogel’s opponent, Justin Fairfax, has been endorsed by the Pride Fund to End Gun Violence.

“Justin has earned our endorsement because he supports universal background checks, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals,” said Jason Lindsay, Executive Director of Pride Fund.

Adams easily obtained the NRA nod when you consider his opponent, Attorney General Mark Herring, went rogue and opposed concealed carry reciprocity agreements with 25 other states, running him afoul of even Governor Terry McAuliffe.

“Adams has made clear that he will work to expand reciprocity agreements with other states to ensure that the rights of Virginia’s concealed carry permit holders are recognized when they travel outside the state. Herring supports a gun rationing scheme and criminalizing the private sale of firearms between lifelong friends and family members.”

Not particularly shocking that the NRA-PVF would be endorsing this GOP ticket, considering the alternative.

  • Paddycakes

    Reciprocity. Sounds great. Until it comes home to you that the Klan is coming in from out of state to threaten your community, Charlottesville.Reciprocity means armed crazies waving semi automatics in your face to get what they could not by the ballot in voter supressed,boycotted North Carolina.

    • MD Russ

      Off your meds again, right?

      • Jim Portugul

        Funny how everyone on is all excited because of Trump’s June and July jobs number reports, 222,000 in June and 209,000 in July.

        Now, what is funny about all this excitement? Last years Obama numbers in June 2016 were 292,000, and July 255,000. A significant DROP in the number of jobs added under Trump vs. Obama.

        Oh, I forgot, Obama’s numbers don’t count because of that line in the movie “Blazing Saddles” when the new sheriff is spotted riding towards town. The guy hollers down to the waiting crowd something like “he’s a n……..”

        And they say the media is tilted which way?

  • Paddycakes

    Guns,Guns,Guns! More Guns! More,More Guns! At some point in the future, an NRA endorsement will be a liability for any canditate, especially in light of recent fascist ads that they are putting out. Hey BD, how about posting it for all Virginians? Not the American fascism that is standard for them. but the Musollini fascist guns in your face the middle of the night type ad. You know the one…

  • Jim Portugul

    Wellll, it’s like this. No matter if Gillespie, Northam. Or, N. Korea landing a nuke in my backyard. There is still that “wiped me out bill” in my mailbox for healthcare. And that 7 year Republican lie about Obamacare. And who is going to pay for that Wall. And, much, much, more.

    The Republican Party is nothing but a poorly fabricated Limbaughistic lie.

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