The NRA has only once previously endorsed a presidential candidate before completion of the primaries. The lone example is Bill Richardson, who received the group’s endorsement in 2008, in the Democrat primary (against uniformly rabidly anti-gun competition). Now, according to the Center for Public Integrity’s iWatch News, there is talk of the possibility of such an endorsement in the Republican primary, for Texas Governor Rick Perry:
Perry could be a contender for an NRA endorsement during the presidential primary season, a step that the gun group took only once before. In 2008, the NRA backed Bill Richardson in the Democratic primaries.
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While NRA primary endorsements are unusual, Perry’s gun record is stronger than his chief rival, Mitt Romney. Perry’s spokesman, Mark Miner, said the candidate “hopes to receive their endorsements in the future.”
There is one thing Governor Perry (and, for that matter, the rest of the candidates) could do that would, if NRA leadership wants to actually show some, well . . . leadership, in bringing public attention to the “Project Gunwalker” atrocity, go a long way toward earning that endorsement. National Gun Rights Examiner Dan has urged voters to demand of Republican presidential candidates an answer to these two questions:
- As a candidate for president, will you issue a statement calling for reauthorization of an Independent Counsel to investigate all aspects of the “Fast and Furious” scandal, and to follow the trail wherever it leads? And will you recommend prosecution where evidence warrants it, and punishment of those found guilty—no matter how high up in the government they are or have been?
- If elected, will you direct the attorney general to conduct a full and transparent investigation to include vigorous prosecutions where warranted?
National Conservative Examiner Anthony Martin has joined this effort (with more here). This is a vital effort, one which every voter concerned about not only gun rights, but just government in general, should get behind.
So should the NRA (unless they’re still wandering the political wilderness).
- A journalist’s guide to ‘Project Gunwalker’-Part One
- A Journalist’s Guide to ‘Project Gunwalker-Part Two
- A Journalist’s Guide to ‘Project Gunwalker’-Part Three
- A Journalist’s Guide to ‘Project Gunwalker’-Part Four
- A Journalist’s Guide to ‘Project Gunwalker’-Part Five
- A Journalist’s Guide to ‘Project Gunwalker’-Part Six
- Official Correspondence on the Project Gunwalker Scandal.
- Sharyl Attkisson’s stories on CBS
- Demand Republican presidential contenders take a stand on ‘Gunwalker’
- Open letter to GOP Presidential candidates
- Why GOP candidates must shine spotlight on Gunwalker scandal