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NRA chooses Edwards in Texas (Chet Edwards, TX-17, is a Democrat)
Politico ^ | 8/9/10 | Kasie Hunt

Posted on 08/09/2010 6:54:50 PM PDT by randita

NRA chooses Edwards in Texas By: Kasie Hunt August 9, 2010 06:57 PM EDT

Texas Rep. Chet Edwards is the latest endangered Democrat to win a critical conservative credential: an endorsement from the National Rifle Association.

Edwards’s campaign announced he had received the pro-gun rights organization’s backing on Monday. "I cannot imagine any candidate in our district who would not want the endorsement of the NRA Victory Fund, which is by far the largest gun rights organization in the country,” Edwards spokesman Megan Jacobs said in a statement.

Edwards is facing self-funded businessman Bill Flores, who has attacked him for voting in favor of the bank bailout and the stimulus bill.

“Bill Flores is a strong supporter of the 2nd amendment, filled out a perfect NRA questionnaire that received an AQ rating, is a life member of the NRA and the Texas State Rifle Association and has already been endorsed by Gun Owners of America. Bill will never receive an F rating from the NRA as Congressman Edwards did in 2003,” said Flores campaign manager Matt Mackowiak.

Edwards has been a GOP target for nearly a decade and has yet to lose a race—even though former President George W. Bush calls his district home.

Still, the national political environment is working against him, and Republicans have been quick to note Flores’s internal polling shows him ahead.

Both Edwards and Flores raised over $600,000 between April and June, though Edwards is sitting on more than $2.1 million in cash to Flores’s $415,000.

That makes the NRA endorsement all the more welcome—and Edwards isn’t the only vulnerable Democrat to win NRA support this year. Mississippi Rep. Travis Childers and Virginia Rep. Rick Boucher also have the group’s backing, a welcome endorsement for both.

Ties with conservative congressional Democrats have been key for the NRA. The group’s influence allowed it to negotiate a loophole in sweeping campaign finance legislation designed to limit outside groups’ influence in elections. The bill, dubbed the DISCLOSE Act, didn’t pass muster in the Senate.

But the NRA has taken flak from its conservative membership for supporting candidates on the left— and has been particularly roiled by suggestions it would endorse endangered Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. The group ultimately issued a statement saying it had not yet made a decision about whether to endorse Reid.

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: banglist; chetedwards; nra; texas; ushouse
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By endorsing the Democrat Edwards, the NRA vicariously cast a vote for Pelosi for Speaker.
1 posted on 08/09/2010 6:54:56 PM PDT by randita
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To: randita

The NRA is NOT a ‘Republican’ organization.


2 posted on 08/09/2010 6:56:36 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: randita

I stopped sending the NRA money long ago....


3 posted on 08/09/2010 6:57:55 PM PDT by datura (Stop Obamunism.)
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To: randita

I stopped sending the NRA money long ago....


4 posted on 08/09/2010 6:58:02 PM PDT by datura (Stop Obamunism.)
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To: randita

Yep, it is why I don’t belong to the NRA, for the most part it is just like any liberal organization, it is all about funding and big salaries.


5 posted on 08/09/2010 6:58:18 PM PDT by tiki
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To: randita
By endorsing the Democrat Edwards, the NRA vicariously cast a vote for Pelosi for Speaker.

Nailed it! They have come right and endorsed Dingy Harry. Weird.

The NRA is really going all out for the commie 'RATS this year. I wonder what's up.

6 posted on 08/09/2010 6:58:57 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The United States of America! aka The Big Pinata. Bash it and the goodies fall out.)
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To: randita
Look the socialists have been infiltrating our organizations for years, now they have the NRA. Look what the Right to Life Arizona group did by endorsing McCain over JD. The serious working members quit.

AARP was always socialist but tried to keep it quiet until Obama care and then became openly hostile toward the very seniors they represented.

When is the next NRA meeting? Everyone needs to show up and put them in their place before it's too late.

7 posted on 08/09/2010 6:59:28 PM PDT by McGavin999 (I'm sorry, your race card is overdrawn and no further charges can be accepted)
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To: randita
NRA - National Rhino Association

What a rip off from those who thought otherwise.

8 posted on 08/09/2010 7:00:25 PM PDT by Musketeer
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To: randita

Chet “Dimples” Edwards is Nancy’s favorite Texan. She was trying to get him the VP nomination in ‘08. He voted with her every time she needed his vote, including setting dates for surrender in Iraq. Then the liar brags about supporting our troops because he got his friend Nancy to send some of our tax money to build the new VA hospital in his district. There is enough corruption in the ghetto in Waco to get this phony re-elected again, unfortunately. He is despicable.


9 posted on 08/09/2010 7:02:13 PM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: randita

The above is just one of the reasons why all NRA mail coming to our house has been going into the round file unopened for several years now. NRA has been steadily sinking deeper into the crapper since Charlton Heston passed on. As for me, the NRA no longer exists!


10 posted on 08/09/2010 7:02:17 PM PDT by Tucker39
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To: randita

The NRA really sucks. They were not scared of Clinton but they are scared of Islam and the islamist.


11 posted on 08/09/2010 7:02:37 PM PDT by Frantzie (Television controls the American people/sheep)
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To: randita

Chet Edwards is not to be trusted.


12 posted on 08/09/2010 7:03:58 PM PDT by mylife (Opinions $1 Halfbaked 50c)
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To: randita

The NRA has lost its way


13 posted on 08/09/2010 7:04:50 PM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com <--- My Fiction/ Science Fiction Board)
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To: randita

not yet decided if is just code for saying they want to endorse Reid but are aware they will lose membership legitimacy.

I think it is clear the NRA is too DC to be taken as seriously as it once was. They hate the tea party as much as the GOP leaders.


14 posted on 08/09/2010 7:05:11 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: randita

The NRA has done more to UNDERMINE the constitution than George Soros .


15 posted on 08/09/2010 7:06:04 PM PDT by RachelFaith (2010 is going to be a 100 seat Tsunami - Unless the GOP Senate ruins it all...)
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To: randita

[The group ultimately issued a statement saying it had not yet made a decision about whether to endorse Reid. ]

I sent them a nasty little message about Harry Reid and the book I wrote about him, pointing out they were likely to have egg on teir face if they endorsed Reid.
Maybe it helped.


16 posted on 08/09/2010 7:06:32 PM PDT by DaxtonBrown (HARRY: Money Mob & Influence (See my Expose on Reid on amazon.com written by me!))
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To: randita
Wow a lifetime NRA member. I guess I can tell them to go to hell now.

Chet Edwards is Nancy Pelosi's b#tt boy. He has supported every one of the bills that were important and considered himself a candidate for VP for Obama.

He is the biggest faux conservative and we need Flores to kick his a##.

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17 posted on 08/09/2010 7:08:18 PM PDT by erman (democrats are like flies, whatever they don't eat they sh#t on.)
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To: randita; All

Once I find my NRA card, I intend to mail it back to their HQ office this week.

Any recommendations on a narrative for the letter attached?


18 posted on 08/09/2010 7:08:43 PM PDT by Pavegunner72
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To: Shooter 2.5
Hey Shooter, is this more "strategery"?

Or is this a case of "where there is smoke, there is fire"?

19 posted on 08/09/2010 7:09:12 PM PDT by Dead Corpse (III, Alarm and Muster)
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To: randita

“By endorsing the Democrat Edwards, the NRA vicariously cast a vote for Pelosi for Speaker.”

That’s a fact.


20 posted on 08/09/2010 7:09:35 PM PDT by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: Tucker39

If the NRA has to only endose insiders then the NRA is a complete failure.

The NRA should be able to say that ANYONE can take office and would have a pro second amendment mindset.

Endorsing a democrat is a demonstration of NRA failure.


21 posted on 08/09/2010 7:09:44 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: randita
This will only hurt the NRA. It will have zero impact on the elections. I do not think the NRA endorsement of a socialist is going to swing any vote one way or another. However it will upset NRA members which the majority of them are Republicans and Conservatives and many of them will leave the organization.
22 posted on 08/09/2010 7:09:57 PM PDT by jveritas (God bless our brave troops)
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To: randita

The NRA is not getting my financial assistance any longer.

I am now a member of Gun Owners of America.

They are ROCK SOLID as opposed to the NRA.


23 posted on 08/09/2010 7:10:40 PM PDT by Howie66 (I can see November from my house.)
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To: Pavegunner72

The NRA should be able to say that ANYONE can take office and would have a pro second amendment mindset.

Endorsing a democrat is a demonstration of NRA failure.


24 posted on 08/09/2010 7:11:19 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: randita

By endorsing the Democrat Edwards, the NRA will not get our membership
renewal.

Glad we waited. Mine membership is up this month. Hubby’s was up last month.

Looks like they finally got to the NRA. What has happened? More corruption? Sold out for something in return? What’s left?


25 posted on 08/09/2010 7:11:44 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (demonicRATS... taxes, pain and slow death. Is this what you want?)
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To: randita

I think the NRA has become something like AARP... too big, too close to crooked politicians, and completely out of touch with it’s original charter.


26 posted on 08/09/2010 7:13:28 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: randita

In 1994 I ran against an entrenched Democrat for a Texas house seat. My opponent had voted against the Texas concealed carry bill twice while I was strongly advocating FOR that measure. The NRA endorsed him over me after which I promptly removed my name from the roles of the NRA and joined GOA. Never been sorry for doing so.


27 posted on 08/09/2010 7:14:35 PM PDT by Bigun ("It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere." Voltaire)
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To: randita
That's the point ~ any time you vote for a Democrat for a legislative body you vote for the Democrat leadership.

The NRA top dogs probably imagine Pelosi will have them slaughtered last.

28 posted on 08/09/2010 7:15:37 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: kittymyrib
Chet Edwards is a life-long career politician!

When will the people wake up, I mean really wake up and realize these career politicians are the reason for the economics mess we have.

The soon-to-be Depression after this Recession is solely Congress-caused!

29 posted on 08/09/2010 7:18:12 PM PDT by Sen Jack S. Fogbound (Pseudo-President has arisen!)
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To: randita
Thought I would never have to say this, but FU NRA!
They are dead to me from now on.
30 posted on 08/09/2010 7:19:41 PM PDT by The Cajun (Mind numbed robot , ditto-head, Hannitized, Levinite)
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To: randita
Chet Edwards is the latest endangered Democrat to win a critical conservative credential: an endorsement from the National Rifle Association.

Really? The NRA? Conservative? What's "conservative" about backing a leftist?

31 posted on 08/09/2010 7:20:25 PM PDT by 50cal Smokepole (Effective gun control involves effective recoil management)
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To: muawiyah
That's the point ~ any time you vote for a Democrat for a legislative body you vote for the Democrat leadership.

pfft. That would mean any time we vote Repub we are voting for Steele and the RNC.

32 posted on 08/09/2010 7:20:51 PM PDT by ozarkgirl
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To: randita
“Bill Flores is a strong supporter of the 2nd amendment, filled out a perfect NRA questionnaire that received an AQ rating, is a life member of the NRA and the Texas State Rifle Association and has already been endorsed by Gun Owners of America. Bill will never receive an F rating from the NRA as Congressman Edwards did in 2003,” said Flores campaign manager Matt Mackowiak.

NRA may not be a Republican organization, but when NRA support CommieCrates who vote for the bailout against a Republican 2nd Amendment supporting candidate, I Object. I will give NRA not another dime.

33 posted on 08/09/2010 7:21:25 PM PDT by J Edgar
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To: randita

http://gunowners.org/


34 posted on 08/09/2010 7:22:41 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: randita

ping


35 posted on 08/09/2010 7:22:59 PM PDT by erman (democrats are like flies, whatever they don't eat they sh#t on.)
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To: 50cal Smokepole

A “Conservative” Democrat today is the same as a “moderate” muslim. In other words, there ain’t no such thing.

Any Democrat will say anything to get elected, and once elected, the spots show through.Anyone who believes anything a Democrat says while running for office does so at their own peril. And to put it gently, are not wise.


36 posted on 08/09/2010 7:25:03 PM PDT by sport
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To: randita

The NRA does not hate the Tea Party. The NRA has always been a non-political organization with a single purpose: to protect gun ownership.

Their rules for political endorsement are published every two years in their magazines. The rules are designed to gain support for gun ownership. Roughly, endorse whoever supports guns the most with actions (not words); in case of a tie, go with the incumbent (I suppose because they have more influence).

I hope Sen. Reid will be their exception. However, if they break their own rules, incumbent Democrats will take notice, and they will be harder to influence in the future.

The NRA has been extremely successful in what it does… supporting gun ownership. Every two years they restate: The NRA is not a political organization… political party has nothing to do with the decision… nor do other issues have anything to do with the decision... the NRA is a single issue organization.

NRA believes their endorsement rules are why they can be so influential on Capitol Hill.
years.


37 posted on 08/09/2010 7:25:21 PM PDT by RCFlyer
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To: Pavegunner72

I would mention this endorsement to them and point out that an endorsement of Chet Edwards is an endorsement of Pelosi and Reid. There is no distinction.


38 posted on 08/09/2010 7:26:00 PM PDT by randita (Visit keyhouseraces.com for a list of vulnerable DEM and must hold GOP House seats.)
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To: randita

The only thing that surprises me about this is that anyone would be surprised about this. I let my membership lapse a couple of years ago after they continued to support John Murtha. They keep sending me crap in the mail and I keep throwing it into the trash.


39 posted on 08/09/2010 7:26:05 PM PDT by Jaxter ("Pro Aris et Focis")
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To: datura

Ditto...cancelled my membership a number of years ago, as well.


40 posted on 08/09/2010 7:28:14 PM PDT by cranked
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To: sport

I could replace “Democrat” with “Republican” in your reply and be about 75% accurate. Sad state of affairs we find ourselves in.


41 posted on 08/09/2010 7:30:16 PM PDT by 50cal Smokepole (Effective gun control involves effective recoil management)
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To: george76

Done. I’m disappointed to see they only have men’s clothing. Seems the norm but I can’t imagine why. Women are into guns and protection just as much as men.

Back in the early 70’s when we started hunting deer, I had to get men’s clothing and hunting shoes. They have more today but not as much as mens.


42 posted on 08/09/2010 7:30:56 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (demonicRATS... taxes, pain and slow death. Is this what you want?)
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To: TribalPrincess2U

Another choice

http://www.nationalgunrights.org/


43 posted on 08/09/2010 7:34:00 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Jaxter

I wasn’t aware of their support for murtha.

Just because a demwad actually wants to keep his guns
doesn’t mean the NRA should endorse him. #*%@#%

To me that means the NRA is more dem oriented. Sc*** them!


44 posted on 08/09/2010 7:34:55 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (demonicRATS... taxes, pain and slow death. Is this what you want?)
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To: datura

I let my membership lapse and refuse to respond to their renewal notices ...


45 posted on 08/09/2010 7:42:46 PM PDT by Jackson57
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To: 50cal Smokepole

I agree completely.The major difference between the Republicans and Democrats is in the spelling.

We are in one hellofa mess.


46 posted on 08/09/2010 7:43:17 PM PDT by sport
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To: george76

Thanks. I just printed out a donation form.


47 posted on 08/09/2010 7:44:24 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (demonicRATS... taxes, pain and slow death. Is this what you want?)
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To: randita

That’s it. Screw the NRA. Edwards is a full bore gun grabber.


48 posted on 08/09/2010 7:44:56 PM PDT by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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To: ozarkgirl
Steele is not a member of Congress, or a state legislature, nor is he running for office.

So what is it you are trying to say?

49 posted on 08/09/2010 7:45:28 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: randita

Maybe those of us who are member of NRA should cancel our membership; specially when they endorse anti 2nd Amendment candidates.


50 posted on 08/09/2010 7:46:26 PM PDT by dhuynh73 (Reagan Country)
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