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Dems Seek Pro-Gun Candidates For Swing States

From The Hill:

Dems push gun control agenda in DC, but not in battleground states

By Alexander Bolton | April 29, 2013

Democratic leaders are wooing staunchly pro-gun candidates to run in pivotal Senate races at the same time they are discussing a strategy for bringing gun control legislation back up for debate.

The two-pronged effort has prompted Republicans to accuse the Senate Democratic leadership of hypocrisy, but Democrats say it is simply smart politics.

Accusing the Democrats of hypocrisy is like accusing the Pope of being Catholic.

The question is whether two of the Democrats’ most promising potential candidates in Montana and South Dakota will pay a price for the leadership’s political maneuverings in Washington. Or will recruiting candidates who do not support President Obama’s gun control agenda have any effect on Democratic fundraising efforts?

Brad Dayspring, the communications director for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, took a swipe at Democrats for playing both sides of the gun issue.

“Washington Democrats preach gun control, but are recruiting adamantly pro-gun candidates like Schweitzer & Herseth-Sandlin. Can’t be both,” he posted on Twitter.

Has Mr. Dayspring been in a cave? Democrats always have it both ways. Who is going to hold them accountable? The news media?

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) posted a message on its online action center Friday calling for people to sign up to support Obama’s agenda of immigration reform, commonsense gun control and equal rights. But it’s eyeing candidates in Montana and South Dakota who are not likely to support Obama’s gun control initiatives…

The DSCC has not yet met with popular former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, according to a Democratic aide, but Democratic leaders view him as the best candidate to keep retiring Sen. Max Baucus’s (D-Mont.) seat.

The DSCC has poll data showing former Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-S.D.) is the strongest candidate to succeed retiring Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.), although officially it has praised both Herseth Sandlin and Johnson’s son, U.S. attorney Brendan Johnson, as promising contenders…

Schweitzer and Herseth Sandlin both have "A" ratings from the National Rifle Association (NRA), which endorsed both candidates in their most recent campaigns….

Schweitzer did not respond to a request for an interview.

The NRA endorsed Herseth Sandlin in her 2010 race against Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.). The group praised her for co-sponsoring and supporting the D.C. Personal Protection Act, which called for letting residents in the District of Columbia carry hand guns and repealing a gun registration law, and the Second Amendment Enforcement Act, another bill targeted at repealing D.C.’s gun laws.

Herseth Sandlin did not respond to a request for an interview…

Why would these potential candidates want to give the game away?

Meanwhile, we just received this missive from Obama’s ‘grassroots’ Organizing For Alinsky Action:

Organizing for Action

Add your name – we’ll personally deliver this petition

Friend —

Next week, we will personally deliver a petition to Congress with the names of hundreds of thousands of OFA supporters demanding action on expanding background checks for gun sales.

If you want to help keep the pressure on Washington in this fight, your name needs to be one of them.

Sign the petition here: Tell Congress we demand action on common-sense legislation to reduce gun violence, and we’re not taking no for an answer.

We all know the gun lobby has been in this business for a long time. They’re going to outspend us in this fight, and their lobbyists on Capitol Hill will do everything they can to preserve the status quo.

But the American people are on our side, and I’m telling you: We’re not going to let anyone in Washington forget it.’

We said we were going to keep the pressure on until Congress acts — and this petition is a big next step. Our power as a movement has always come from thousands of voices speaking as one — no amount of special-interest spending can match that.

Next week, we’ll make sure leaders in Congress and lawmakers in all 50 states and each of the 435 House districts know that their constituents are fired up, and they expect action to reduce gun violence.

Add your name and let’s get this done:

Thanks — more to come as I know it,
Jon Carson
Executive Director
Organizing for Action
A movement of millions elected President Obama. Let’s keep fighting for change. Chip in $5 or more to support Organizing for Action today.

This is of course just a continuation of the push for Obama to bypass Congress and impose more gun control laws via executive order.

Because the ‘grassroots’ have demanded it!

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, April 29th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Dems Seek Pro-Gun Candidates For Swing States”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    There’s Lies, Damn Lies, Statistics and then there’s the father of all lies … The Democrat Party

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