Saturday, September 28, 2013

NRA Spending Big Bucks in Virginia

McAuliffe and Cuccinelli II
The National Rifle Association is wading into the Virginia governor’s race with a six-figure ad campaign, potentially reviving a debate over gun issues that has been mostly dormant in the contest.
Beginning Monday, the group will begin airing $500,000 worth of statewide television and online ads hitting Democrat Terry McAuliffe for his firearms stances, according to NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam. The campaign is designed to benefit Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II (R), a longtime gun rights advocate who has lagged behind McAuliffe on the financial front and can use the help on the airwaves.
McAuliffe spokesman Josh Schwerin used the news to portray Cuccinelli as out of step with Virginia voters on gun laws.
He added that Cuccinelli had shown “career-long opposition to common-sense measures that would keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill.”
Gun rights supporters have long outnumbered foes in Richmond, but there have been signs in recent years, as Virginia has become a more purple state, that the issue has lost some of its potency. Last year, Timothy M. Kaine (D) beat George Allen (R) in a high-profile Senate race despite Kaine’s “F” grade from the NRA and Allen’s “A.”
“I have called for universal background checks,” McAuliffe said. “My opponent doesn’t support that. I’m a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. I’m a hunter. I own guns. . . . There are certain individuals who just should not own a gun. There are individuals that have mental illness. I think this is such a critical issue for us. . . . As governor, I’m gonna push. Most importantly, we need universal background checks for everyone.”


  1. McAuliffe is out of step with America on the question of guns. But many races involve other questions.

    1. Toothless grin hillbillies like NRA Greg are out of step with any kind of American thinking. So let the debate proceed minus the idiots like hillbilly NRA Greg.

    2. That's why he's leading in the polls. Virginia is only half-backwards, unlike your home state, Greg. The thinking people of Virginia should win the day and continue to move their former rebel state towards the north.

    3. "McAuliffe's lead is negligible when the margin of error of plus or minus 4.2 percentage points is factored in. But it does mark a shift from a NBC4/NBC News and Marist poll in May showing the two candidates tied.
      "None of the candidates has reached a comfort level with voters," said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute."

      Being within the margin of error for the poll can make these races interesting.;_ylt=A2KJ3Cdjf0lSgEkAthrQtDMD

      Sorry, forgot to cite the source. Haven't started worshipping the caffeine gods yet....

    4. This one will be a good litmus test.

    5. "Continue to move their former rebel state towards the north."

      Wow. So the Civil War divide is still dominating politics and voting Republican is a sign of being a Confederate! It's shocking you even let such people vote!

  2. "Republicans, in turn, have cast McAuliffe as a tool of gun control supporters such as New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and his advocacy group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns."

    In fact, Mayor Bloomberg has been quoted as saying this.
    "New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg blames Virginia and several other southern state’s for the Big Apple’s gun crimes — so now he’s set his Mayors Against Illegal Guns’ sights on the Deep South for a Second Amendment crackdown."

    Anything from the Democratic candidate on this issue? Is money from MAIG really going to this candidate? He hasn't said no, which means the perception, right or wrong will be yes. And the last time the Mayor sunk a bunch of money into a campaign, it didnt go so well. (Colorado)

    1. Broadcasting the NRA lunacy on the hillbilly network, NRA Greg's molar.