Skip to comments.Gun lobbyists pick candidates (VA)
Posted on 09/24/2009 5:02:30 AM PDT by marktwain
A national gunrights organization was as good as its executive directors word when it threw its support to GOP House of Delegates nominee Catherine Crabill last week.Gun Owners of Americas executive director, Larry Pratt, had come to a Northumberland County Republican County Committee meeting Sept. 10 and voiced his support for Crabill. A week later, his organization officially came on board.
Pratt, who came from Springfield to support Crabill , told the crowd that Crabills now-famous ballot box/bullet box speech inspired his organization and that the state GOP, which has shunned Crabill, would pay a price if it didnt reverse itself and help her. Unless the state party switched and came to Crabills aid, Pratt said his organization would write its members telling them not to send their donations to the state party or statewide candidates but to Crabill.
Within a week, Pratt and the GOA had made good on his promise.
Pratt sent a fund-raising alert letter sent to GOAs Virginia members, entitled Candidate Under Fire for Being Pro-Second Amendment, urged that credit-card contributions be sent to Crabill through her campaigns Internet Website, Crabills campaign announced Thursday.
The campaign noted that contributions had already started flowing in.
In his letter, Pratt wrote, Crabill is being condemned for this statement: We have the opportunity to fight this at the ballot box before we have to resort to the bullet box and asked the recipients Who would object to that besides an anti-gunner?, according to Crabills campaign.
At the Sept. 10 meeting attended by Pratt, there was ample room for conflict since it was attended by state GOP chairman Pat Mullins, who, along with the partys three statewide candidates, recently repudiated Crabill, and the hall was full of Crabill supporters and Crabill herself was there.
For all the potential for conflict, the local Republicans ire at the state leaders didnt emerge until after Mullins had left. Only Ken Smith managed to get in a confrontational question when he asked Mullins if any of the state leaders had actually spoken with Crabill before distancing themselves from her. No, Mullins answered. When Patrick OBrien asked if the local leadership had been given a heads up before the leaders came out against Crabill, Mullins said, Id rather not talk about it. It doesnt do us or Catherine any good.
Pratt took the floor in Crabills favor after Mullions had left.
99th District GOP chairman Allen Webb also rose in Crabills defense. He said he was offended that the statewide people had dumped Crabill without notifying local leaders such as himself. Dont ever do this again, he said. Dont tread on me. Webb said that he would continue to support Crabill. The nominee is the nominee, he said.
Crabill herself was moved almost to tears as she thanked the audience for standing by her. She wasnt backing off from her controversial comments, either. She noted that Mullins himself had used the Patrick Henry speech she was using when she made the remarks and, saying she had received ugly , threatening emails after her speech became widely known, asked, Is the crime mine or those who incite crime against me and my family.
Crabill wasnt the only one getting support last week. Incumbent delegate Albert C. Pollard, Jr., got the endorsement of a Republican lawmaker Chris Saxman of Staunton.
Del. Saxman said, In an era when partisanship has created a hostile and unproductive political environment, political leaders must be willing to work with each other every year - elections included. Albert truly exemplifies the bi-partisanship and independence that we should expect from our leaders in Richmond. Having worked with Albert, he is clearly the best candidate for Delegate in the 99th district. We dont agree on everything, but that hasnt stopped us from working together on the things we do agree on.
The National Rifle Association, which the Gun Owners of America views as weak in its protection of gun owners rights, has endorsed Pollard in the past but has not made an endorsement so far this election. It is expected to do so next week according to informed sources.
The truth can be painful. Her statement was neither confrontational nor was it inflammatory rhetoric. This nation stands closer to dissolution than it has since the Civil War. The primary factor making this situation so dangerous is that the people who are being disenfranchised by our government are the producers not the parasites. Our representatives must be openly cognizant of that explosive sentiment when crafting legislation. Her admission that people in her are more than uneasy is a good sign that she is anxious to represent her constituents.
You’re just not supposed to even say anything about THAT one of the ‘Boxes of Freedom’, especially when you’re running for office. Unfortunately, I’ve got no money to send her - anything I can scrape up has to go to Bob McDonnell.
This goes for both Republicans and Democrats.
Yes, in the context of 2nd Amendment rights her statement may not be ~that~ off base.
HOWEVER, she has a past. She has repeatedly stated that she believes that the U.S. Government, not Timothy McVeigh, was responsible for the Oklahoma City bombing. and that's just the tip of the iceberg.
She should never have had the nomination.
Guess what? She ain't the only one who believes that either. Apparently she is the only one with the guts to say so and she is certainly alone in having the critical thinking skills to question the government line. Have you read the books of freeper Travis McGee? You really should, you know. They could provide you with a real wake up call before it's too late. EFAD
Well, okie-doke then.
“HOWEVER, she has a past.” She might believe some other things that are not in line with the GOP or most of the country for that matter.
FWIW, the Northern Neck of Virginia would elect neither Nancy Pelosi nor Maxine Waters.