Friday, October 08, 2010

NRA’s incumbent-friendly policy may boost 58 House Democrats in November

Not a lot of things have gone the Democrats’ way this year, but dozens of their House candidates are getting a late boost from an unusual source: the National Rifle Association. So far this year, the NRA has endorsed 58 incumbent House Democrats, including more than a dozen in seats both parties view as critical to winning a majority. The endorsements are not because of a sudden love for a party with which the NRA is often at odds. Rather, it is because the powerful group adheres to what it calls “an incumbent-friendly’’ policy, which holds that if two candidates are equally supportive of gun rights, the incumbent gets the nod...more

A reasonble policy most of the time, since over 95% of incumbents are re-elected.

However, this is an unusual year and the majority is at stake in the House. In other words, NRA policy may result in Nancy Pelosi remaining as Speaker. Pelosi is not exactly renowned for her pro-gun, pro-hunting stance on the issues.

This is Pelosi's record on gun control, from On The Issues

* Voted NO on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers. (Oct 2005)
* Voted NO on prohibiting suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse. (Apr 2003)
* Voted NO on decreasing gun waiting period from 3 days to 1. (Jun 1999)
* Rated F by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record. (Dec 2003)

NRA policy may result in a person they give an "F" on gun control being Speaker of the House.

What grade would you give the NRA policy?

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