The National Rifle Association’s Political Victory Fund has issued its endorsements for the August 14th primaries and they have chosen to take sides in three Congressional/Legislative primaries.
Leonard Bembry has been endorsed by the NRA in Congressional District 2 gaining an “A” grade from the organization. In this contest, The Political Hurricane has endorsed Al Lawson.
Ron Saunders, the current House Democratic Leader was the only Democratic for State Senate to gain an endorsement from the NRA. Saunders was graded an A+ by the organization which denotes “A legislator with not only an excellent voting record on all critical NRA issues, but who has also made a vigorous effort to promote and defend the Second Amendment.” In the Senate District 39 race, The Political Hurricane has endorsed Representative Dwight Bullard.
Katie Edwards, a hand picked recruit of Saunders was the only Democrat running for State House in a primary to get an endorsement from the NRA. She was given a score of an “A.” In the State House District 98 race, the Political Hurricane has endorsed Louis Reinstein.
These endorsements by the NRA while disappointing show a trend where more and more Democrats are unwilling to engage the gun lobby on their issues. From our vantage point the number of non-responses from Democratic candidates to the NRA is a positive sign for the future. Congratulations to all the Democrats who choose to ignore the questionnaire from the gun lobby and continue fighting for their constituents and the support of progressives in the August 14th primary.