Skip to comments.NRA chooses Edwards in Texas (Chet Edwards, TX-17, is a Democrat)
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.
Edwardss campaign announced he had received the pro-gun rights organizations 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 raceeven 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 Floress 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 Floress $415,000.
That makes the NRA endorsement all the more welcomeand Edwards isnt the only vulnerable Democrat to win NRA support this year. Mississippi Rep. Travis Childers and Virginia Rep. Rick Boucher also have the groups backing, a welcome endorsement for both.
Ties with conservative congressional Democrats have been key for the NRA. The groups 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, didnt 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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The NRA is NOT a ‘Republican’ organization.
I stopped sending the NRA money long ago....
I stopped sending the NRA money long ago....
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.
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.
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.
What a rip off from those who thought otherwise.
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.
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!
The NRA really sucks. They were not scared of Clinton but they are scared of Islam and the islamist.
Chet Edwards is not to be trusted.
The NRA has lost its way
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.
The NRA has done more to UNDERMINE the constitution than George Soros .
[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.
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##.
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?
Or is this a case of "where there is smoke, there is fire"?
“By endorsing the Democrat Edwards, the NRA vicariously cast a vote for Pelosi for Speaker.”
That’s a fact.
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