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NRA plans to play big for McConnell

By Lexington Herald-Leader (KY)

When Mitch McConnell receives the National Rifle Association's "Defender of Freedom" Award in Louisville on Friday, he and the group will be cementing a friendship that McConnell's team thinks could be the difference in next year's Senate race.

The NRA, which spent more than $16 million in the 2012 election cycle, plans to be heavily involved in McConnell's re-election effort, the group said Thursday.

"We're watching closely," Chris Cox, the NRA's top lobbyist, told the Lexington Herald-Leader. "And we're going to make sure that gun owners in Kentucky understand that they have a champion representing them in the United States Senate."

Alison Lundergan Grimes, the likely Democratic challenger to McConnell, had a simple response Thursday, challenging McConnell to meet her on the gun range.

"As an NRA member, my strong support for the Second Amendment is unquestioned," Grimes said in a statement to the Herald-Leader. "I am proud of Kentucky's long-held gun ownership, sporting and hunting traditions. It is unfortunate that Senator McConnell is desperate to mislead Kentucky voters about my strong support for the Second Amendment."

If elected, Grimes said, she would protect Kentuckians' right to keep and bear arms.

"Whenever he's not busy pandering to Washington lobbyists, I welcome Senator McConnell to come shoot with me at the range any day," she said.

On the range or not, Cox said, Grimes has paid only "lip service" to gun owners, comparing the Democrat to President Barack Obama, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

"It's safe to say that law-abiding gun owners in Kentucky represent not only a loyal group of voters but a savvy group of voters," Cox said. "And they know the difference between campaign rhetoric and someone who has fought in the trenches for years for their issues."

Grimes angered the group by attending a Las Vegas fundraiser last month that was co-hosted by trial attorney Michael Papantonio. In the wake of mass shootings, Papantonio has been intensely critical of the NRA.

"Thankfully, Mitch McConnell isn't interested in exploiting tragedy," Cox said.

He said the NRA generally waits until after filing deadlines -- Kentucky's is Jan. 28 -- before it gets involved in races. But when it does, it will be heavily involved in trying to help McConnell, who is facing fierce challenges from Louisville businessman Matt Bevin in the Republican primary and from Grimes.

To that end, the NRA will be hosting events at gun shows, doing literature drops, going door-to-door and running television, radio and online advertising on McConnell's behalf.

"It'll include all of the above and the kitchen sink," Cox said.

The NRA's political action committee, according to OpenSecrets.org, has raised more than $10 million for the 2014 cycle and has more than $11 million on hand.

Despite intense political pressure following tragic events such as the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, where 20 children and six adults were shot and killed in December, Cox said the group has its highest membership rolls to date, with more than 5 million members nationwide.

But the group got little return on its investments in 2012, losing all the Senate races in which it invested and coming up short in its efforts to help Republican Mitt Romney beat Obama.

The McConnell campaign, which is using the award presentation and the start of deer-hunting season to launch "Sportsmen for Team Mitch," sees an opening with gun owners.

"Kentuckians overwhelmingly support our right to responsibly hunt, fish and defend our homes," McConnell spokeswoman Allison Moore said. "Alison Lundergan Grimes and her Obama-Hollywood crowd don't understand why Kentucky holds these rights and traditions dear, but Mitch will not rest until their assaults on our liberty have been beaten back."

If McConnell, who was presented with the NRA's "Defender of the Constitution" award in 2008, can survive the challenge from Bevin, who enjoys the support of Gun Owners of America, he looks to be locked with Grimes in a tight race where every vote will count.

Cox said Thursday he thought gun owners could be the difference.

"Gun owners are understandably concerned," Cox said. "And when gun owners are concerned and activated, they can make a difference in elections."

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  1. roosterComment by rooster
    November 8, 2013 @ 2:14 pm

    It’s things like this that make me consider cancelling my NRA membership. Mitch McConnell, is with John Boehner, a traitor to the Constitution and all conservatives everywhere. So he likes guns. Big whooop! He’s caved to Obama so many times that he’s no more than a Democrat puppet. He’s consistently helped Obama destroy our economy and shows no signs of slowing down. He’s weak-kneed RINO that we do not need in Congress. Chris Cox has tunnel vision!

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    • acommontaterComment by acommontater
      November 8, 2013 @ 2:29 pm

      Rooster, too k the words right out of my mouth! When I read in this publiciation that. He planned to war against the conservatives in the Republician party, I just about threw up.

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    • pistol packing mamaComment by txgoatlady
      November 8, 2013 @ 2:33 pm

      The NRA needs to stay out of the primaries. Matt Bevin would be better for Kentucky and the rest of the United States. Will the NRA support Bevin if he wins the nomination?

      Fortunately, gun owners aren’t typically as uninformed as many voters. I think the NRA is taking a risk if they get involved in a hotly contested primary.

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    • jerry48Comment by jerry48
      November 8, 2013 @ 2:37 pm

      I wont join nra for this sole reason

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    • pistol packing mamaComment by txgoatlady
      November 8, 2013 @ 2:43 pm

      My husband and I have memberships at a couple of private ranges. Membership in the NRA is mandatory to be a member of the range. I think it has to do with perks and discounts the range gets with 100% NRA membership. While I will certainly consider letting them know how displeased I am with their choices, I don’t really want to give up my range memberships.

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    • drsiqueComment by drsique
      November 8, 2013 @ 2:59 pm

      Dead bang right! Since both candidates support our Second Amendment rights, the NRA should stay out of the primary and save their powder for the general election, throwing their weight behind whichever candidate makes it that far. It makes no sense to damage McConnells’ opponent, in the event that Mitch loses the primary. How, then, does the NRA plan to turn around and support the candidate that they were undermining fifteen minutes earlier?

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    • bigjetComment by bigjet
      November 8, 2013 @ 3:04 pm

      @ txgoatlady,

      Our founders gave their lives, fortunes and sacred honor for this country I think you could with your husband give up your measly range memberships. That is not even a sacrifice. There are plenty of other 2nd Amendment organizations to support. Your range won’t care one whip about “how displeased you are with their choices”. Get into the fight and make no mistake this is a fight to take back what has been taken. This RINO McConnell is bad news for our founding priciples. He will tell you one thing and do another. He makes backroom deals with the enemy. We expect the Dems/socialists(one in the same) to do that. But then again McConnell is a RINO and Democrat light. He is NOT a fighter he carries white flags. He is old and can’t fight the good fight. Buck up and take the fight to them and don’t just cower. He needs to go and put Matt Bevin in that slot so him and Rand can deliver knock out blows back to the sewer in DC.
      The NRA has stumbled in the past and its rearing its ugly head again. Choose wisely grasshopper.

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    • pistol packing mamaComment by txgoatlady
      November 8, 2013 @ 4:24 pm

      Well, since I can’t practice shooting in my backyard, I think I will hang onto my range membership. A gun I can’t practice shooting isn’t as much good. I can always match my $25 annual NRA dues with a $25 donation to Matt Bevin.

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    • CharlieComment by vietnamvet
      November 8, 2013 @ 7:49 pm

      When I read comments from txgoatlady I feel like I am being given some insight by an intelligent, experienced, and insightful person. I certainly don’t get a feeling that she is a grasshopper-like neophyte in the realities of life.

      To hear bigjet say such a thing to her makes me think he sure is impressed with himself … perhaps prematurely.

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    • joevch56Comment by joevch56
      November 8, 2013 @ 8:51 pm

      It is time for NRA members to call, write and e-mail the NRA. Mitch McConnell is not and never was good for Conservatives. We need to let them know that if they back this RINO we will not remain in the NRA. It is our money that they are putting into a candidate no Conservative wants. Make sure if you have paid for a lifetime membership that you ask for reimbursement. I don’t understand how and why they would go against the very group of people that support them, Conservatives which strongly includes the Tea Party Mitch has declared war on.

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    • gopluvaComment by gopluva
      November 8, 2013 @ 9:14 pm

      Right, If gun owners are the ones making a difference in the general elections too you would think we would win hands down. Mitchie is to into cronyism and establishment politics. We need Bevins.

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    • oldsargeComment by oldsarge
      November 9, 2013 @ 12:31 am

      One more reason not to join the NRA.

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    • juicyfruit56Comment by juicyfruit56
      November 9, 2013 @ 9:21 am

      Rooster you are right on the money. McConnell is an underground Democrat and the NRA should be smart enough to know this. He could change positions in the drop of a hat. Start calling the NRA and let them know your displeasure with them, just as I am going to do. Write them, call them, tell your friends. United we stand Dived we fall.

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    • JimComment by Jim
      November 12, 2013 @ 4:03 pm

      To all those that are CONSIDERING terminating their nra membership, WHY DON’T YOU?? Just today, I sent by priority mail so I could track my package, all my nra t-shirts and ball cap. I destroyed them first (my shirts were still nice and I didn’t want ANYONE being able to use them for whatever reason). I told the nra that I would never ever support them again and that I would not make any further purchases from them. There are other gun groups out there and the nra needs to be reminded that this about the PEOPLE and not the establishment. They have gotten too big for their britches. STOP TALKING ABOUT IT AND MAKE THEM AWARE! CHARLETON HESTON IS PROBABLY BE ROLLING OVER IN HIS GRAVE! This McConnell deal was the last straw for me. I told them in a letter with my package, and by person on the phone, that they are not any more better than the rino’s in dc. I told them I was sending whatever money I can to Bevin hoping he will unseat mcconnell. If you look at the issues of Bevin for the 2nd amend., you’ll see he feels about the 2nd amend the way WE do. SO…Why not Bevin???! I am SICK AND TIRED of rino’s! Freedom award? Given to someone who is instrumental in keeping us ENSLAVED to this administration? How ironic is that??!

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  2. jenerseaComment by jenersea
    November 8, 2013 @ 2:28 pm

    Remember back in days of yore, when the politicians would insult each other and then settle it on the dueling grounds. Would not it be grand, if we could bring those days back. Undertakers in DC would be doing a grand business.

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  3. redraiderComment by redraider
    November 8, 2013 @ 2:31 pm

    I already told them I am canceling my membership next year. This is sickening. Tell the NRA this this pathetic, useless RINO doesn’t need their support at:https://contact.nra.org/contact-us.aspx

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    • smilingatorComment by smilingator
      November 8, 2013 @ 3:00 pm

      McConnell is a bigger threat to our country than “Weepy”Boehner! Both are out and out exposed “RINOS” and should be run out of DC on a “rail”! The NRA must have completely gone insane to be supporting this menace to our
      country!

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    • fredkComment by fredk
      November 8, 2013 @ 3:27 pm

      The Tea Party members of NRA should make a big stink about it, threaten to quit, and ask for their membership money back. Money is the only thing that the leaders understand, and if they are going to support RINOs they need to have their funds cut back.

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    • way2coolComment by way2cool
      November 8, 2013 @ 4:40 pm

      To NRA Members: This is exactly why I cancelled and did not renew my membership to the NRA. Join the NGR, National Gun Rights – you will feel like you just came home!

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  4. moonshineComment by moonshine
    November 8, 2013 @ 2:54 pm

    Occasionally the NRA has their head up their butt. This is another one of those regrettable occasions. They become myopic, and only see the small picture – GUNS. If you say you like guns, it doesn’t matter to the NRA that you are a RINO, liberal, coward willing to roll over to the radical democrats. Last time they did this, they were actually supporting none other than Harry Reid – Sheik Obama’s main man in the Senate. What misinformed fools do we have running the NRA? Who gets the next endorsements, Super RINOs McCain and Graham?
    McConnell is an establishment RINO that sold us out on ObamaCare, the Debt Limit, and Illegal Immigration. He is a useless, career politician, not a conservative, and willing to do or say just about anything to get re-elected, now that he publicly craped in his mess kit.
    Chris Cox is truly a dumb butt, and you have to wonder how out of touch with reality these guys really are. If you are a member, call the NRA and raise hell with them for this totally idiotic endorsement.

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    • maisyandmollyComment by maisyandmolly
      November 8, 2013 @ 3:40 pm

      I hope you are a NRA member or a member of some Pro gun organization.

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  5. maisyandmollyComment by maisyandmolly
    November 8, 2013 @ 3:33 pm

    I’d like to know if & when Matt Bevin beats McConnell in the Primary will they put some of my money toward the election of Matt Bevin to beat Grimes in the Senate race I hope so for I’ll vote for him against Grimes. But if McConnell wins the Primary I still will have to vote for him. Anybody other than a Senator we know will back up barack hussein obama, if the Senate has a Republican/Tea Party voting block maybe the RINOs will get a back bone with Tea Party Republicans keeping them in line.

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    • CharlieComment by vietnamvet
      November 8, 2013 @ 7:56 pm

      Glad to see somebody pragmatic enough to understand realities.

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  6. Vic BaileyComment by Vic Bailey
    November 8, 2013 @ 3:33 pm

    The NRA has lost it’s mind, I thought they were for the people, not the full fledged demoCRAPS! The NRA could lose a lot of members if they keep backing the enemies of the Constitution and the people! Semper Fi.

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  7. chieftainComment by chieftain
    November 8, 2013 @ 3:46 pm

    Every member of the NRA should terminate their membership the minute that organization spends one red cent for Mitch McConnell’s re-election. McConnell is a RINO through and through and has show over the past few years that he does not care one iota about the people he represents or the people of this country. McConnell, McCain, Boehner, Cantor, Rubio, Peter King and Chris Christie all need to shed their RINO clothing and switch to the Democrat Party where they belong. All of them should be impeached with Obama and tried for treason.

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    • oldsargeComment by oldsarge
      November 9, 2013 @ 12:56 am

      This is what comes with career politicians. Republicans as well as Democrats all get very generous contributions from special interests lobbies and you can bet McConnell is right there with all of them holding his hand out. We have the best politicians money can buy. That is all they care about and when you observe how they vote on various issues, you can get the impression that concern for the common people and what is best for the country, is way down on their priority list, if it is there at all.

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  8. CharlieComment by vietnamvet
    November 8, 2013 @ 3:47 pm

    If McConnell becomes the nominee for Kentucky and the NRA wants to support him over the Democrat, I can live with that.

    But, the people of Kentucky should choose their Republican candidate, during the primaries, without interference from any outside body … including the NRA.

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  9. portervComment by porterv
    November 8, 2013 @ 3:56 pm

    I let my membership expire years ago just because of **** like this. Every time I get close to rejoining they do something stupid. I despise McConnell almost as much as I hate Chuck Shumer, etal.

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  10. maisyandmollyComment by maisyandmolly
    November 8, 2013 @ 4:17 pm

    Is Grimes proposing a duel between her & McConnell, I like it, it is a better way of choosing a Senate or House of Representative or POTUS candidate than having a costly election. Winner take all, I hope they are both signed up for obamacare in case they are just wounded instead of killed. If both are killed then that state has no representative in Congress. A target should be placed on each candidates chest in case they both are wounded & survive then the one with the bullet closest to the bulls eye is the winner provided they don’t die of their wounds.

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  11. petarkComment by petark
    November 8, 2013 @ 4:28 pm

    The news that the NRA is going to support McConnell to this degree and in the primaries no less is very disappointing. Particularly in light of McConnel’s recent attack/admission that he’s virulently opposed to the Tea Party. Very Dissapointed in the NRA.

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  12. sacheveraljames42Comment by sacheveraljames42
    November 8, 2013 @ 4:40 pm

    Well, Mr. Cox, if your going to lead McConnell’s political band wagon and oppose Mr. Bevin in his primary fight against the backstabbing senior Senator who has cowered in every main challenge to Obama and Reid, then you can forget me renewing my NRA membership. And I’m not from Kentucky, but I know a weasel when I see and hear one. My advice to you sir, is for the NRA to keep its powder dry until we see the whites of their eyes. If we have to sleep with the devil, so be it. Until then, stay the hell out of the battle in Kentucky.

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  13. 1propComment by 1prop
    November 8, 2013 @ 6:01 pm

    I’ve been holding back on my renewal because I wanted to see what they are going to do in 2014. Good thing! McConnell is a waste. Anyone who can be outsmarted by Harry Reid does not belong in the Senate.

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  14. westtexanComment by westtexan
    November 8, 2013 @ 6:24 pm

    I am an Endowment Member of the NRA. I will be sending any primary challenger my money. McConjob needs to be retired. It matters not that the likely Demonrat challenger is pro-gun, she is a Demonrat and you can NOT trust a Demonrat (not that you can trust a Republitard) with your liberty, rights or freedom.

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  15. bigjetComment by bigjet
    November 8, 2013 @ 6:27 pm

    reply to txgoatlady,

    That is a good step to donate to Matt Bevin. Not sure if you are from the great state of Texas by your handle but I can’t imagine you don’t have some other ranges that you can use. Matching your donation is honorable but it equals out to neutral.
    The NRA has to be taught a lesson to support true conservativies and not RINO’s giving lip service.

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  16. bigjetComment by bigjet
    November 8, 2013 @ 6:30 pm

    Fellow Conservatives:

    The Lexington Herald-Leader recently reported that U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), the Republican Leader in the Senate, has decided to declare “war” on the conservatives who disagree with him.
    He is specifically targeting the Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF), Heritage Action, Madison Project, and FreedomWorks in a misguided attempt to destroy the Tea Party.
    But that’s not all…
    McConnell’s operatives told the New York Times that he has ordered the Republican Party to stop doing business with private companies that provide services to SCF and to oppose candidates endorsed by SCF.
    Their offense? They’re associated with our grassroots organization and we support Matt Bevin, McConnell’s conservative primary challenger.
    Mitch McConnell can’t hurt us directly so he has instructed the party to punish our vendors and our candidates.
    Not only has McConnell forced his party to support bailouts, debt limit increases, tax hikes, and funding for Obamacare, he’s now going to force it to abandon the free market and even the freedom of speech.
    Here’s what his Chief of Staff, Josh Holmes, told the New York Times:
    “S.C.F. has been wandering around the country destroying the Republican Party like a drunk who tears up every bar they walk into. The difference this cycle is that they strolled into Mitch McConnell’s bar and he doesn’t throw you out, he locks the door.”
    McConnell’s aide was alluding to the bar fight scene in A Bronx Tale where mobsters beat up a biker gang. He’s wrong about SCF being drunks, but he got the description of his boss right when he compared him to a mobster.
    Mitch McConnell can’t defend his record so he’s using threats to intimidate those who disagree with him.
    Conservative blogger Dan Riehl described it this way:
    “Yet, here we see a DC GOP establishment on display at its worst. In effect saying — If you engage in a form of commerce we don’t like, we will try to destroy you! If you attempt to exercise your First Amendment right to free speech to say something with which we disagree, we will try to destroy you?”
    Fight Back ~ Support Matt Bevin for U.S. Senate.
    WAR ON CONSERVATIVES
    For many, Mitch McConnell’s hostility toward conservatives is not news. But this the first time he has been open about it. In the past, he only attacked conservatives in private meetings or through disconnected surrogates.
    Now, he’s admitting something that he’s tried to keep quiet for years: he doesn’t like conservatives.

    You see, Mitch McConnell is a Democratic dealmaker and he doesn’t like conservatives getting in his way. It’s why he has lashed out and called conservatives “fringe”, “traitors”, … and now “drunks.”
    Erick Erickson at RedState described how McConnell’s war on conservatives is hurting people in Kentucky and across the nation:
    “It’s all the sadder still in that McConnell worked against Ted Cruz’s effort to defund Obamacare. 280,000 Kentuckians are losing their insurance. But McConnell would rather drive a private enterprise out of business than fight for those Kentuckians losing their health insurance. If only McConnell had put as much energy into stopping Obamacare as he has stopping a business that does work with the Senate Conservatives Fund.”
    McConnell says conservatives hurt the Republican Party, but what truly hurts the party is a leader who doesn’t listen to or even like his own voters.
    What hurts the party is a leader who refuses to stand up for conservative principles and helps the Democrats enact their liberal agenda.
    What hurts the party is an incumbent who ignores his unpopularity at home and selfishly chooses to run for another term rather than retiring and helping the party hold his seat and save money to win others.
    Take Action ~ Retire Mitch McConnell
    WE WON’T BACK DOWN
    The Senate Conservatives Fund is a grassroots organization driven by freedom-loving Americans across the country. We’re not controlled by special interests in Washington, we’re not controlled by a small group of big donors in New York City, and we’re not controlled by the Republican Party.
    We listen to the grassroots and do everything we can to help them bring about real change in Washington.
    Before we endorsed Matt Bevin in Kentucky, we polled our members to get their views. Out of 70,000 ballots cast, 98% disapproved of Mitch McConnell’s record.
    On the question of whether we should endorse Matt Bevin, 90% said we should while 8% were undecided and only 2% opposed.

    We listened to the grassroots and answered the call to help Matt Bevin win this important Senate race.
    Now, we’re in a bar fight with a bully. Mitch McConnell has locked the door and he’s trying to kill us.
    We aren’t intimidated.
    Sure, winning this race won’t be easy. Matt Bevin is an underdog. He doesn’t have McConnell’s money or his power. But he has you, and the support of thousands of others like you, and that’s more than enough to win.
    The grassroots in Kentucky are rising up and need our help. Here’s what the United Kentucky Tea Party said:
    “We have the next U.S. Senator from Kentucky in Matt Bevin and we intend to roll out a grassroots campaign in Kentucky — the likes of which Mitch McConnell has never faced. Kentucky will lead the way in this national fight against out-of-control big government Republicans. This is a historical moment in the future of America. Will we continue to be a government ‘Of, by and for the People?’ If so, average Americans must engage in the fight.”
    Will you join the fight? Will you help us defend liberty? Will you do it for your kids and grandkids and for generations to come? Will you help us elect true conservative leaders like Matt Bevin, even if it means standing up to powerful bullies like Mitch McConnell?
    We can win if we all work together.
    The most powerful thing you can do to help is make a donation to Matt Bevin’s U.S. Senate campaign.
    Please answer the call for liberty today.
    If everyone receiving this email gives something to Matt Bevin, we can collectively raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for him and replace Mitch McConnell with a true conservative leader.

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    • way2coolComment by way2cool
      November 8, 2013 @ 7:53 pm

      I plan on supporting Matt Bevin all the way. I can’t stand to even listen or look at McConnell – he needs to retire and move to NV next door to his good friend, Harry.

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    • docedComment by doced
      November 8, 2013 @ 8:47 pm

      To Bigjet–Well said. As Conservatives and supporters of our Constitutional Republic, we have many antagonists, even enemies, who dominate the news, the political scene, the media, our school systems, and, so it would seem, a formidable, relentless, well-funded, and surprisingly cohesive group. While most of them are easily identifiable, the insidious element among them is the likes of McConnell, Boehner, McCain, Graham, and, oh, too many others, who evidently see the world in terms of their own career security and opportunistically seize upon whatever fractured and perverse string available to enhance their positions, to, so they hope, ingratiate themselves with the aggressive Left, and throttle opposition within the GOP that does not agree with such a self-serving, short-sighted, and mortally flawed strategy, e.g., Ted Cruz, Paul Ryan. The Establishmentarians are so far out of synch with Conservatives, their only defense is to attack and disable them as much as they’e able. Had they the wisdom and intelligence to see and understand the long term consequences, they might behave differently. However, it appears their interests are short term, and as I said, self-serving. To sum up, the NRA has violated my trust in its commitment to Constitutionalism, and so I have today cancelled my membership and instructed it not to contact me again. The NGA is more aligned with my ideology and I shall continue with them alone, while diverting monies formerly sent to the NRA, to candidates such as Bevin.

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    • TucoComment by Tuco
      November 9, 2013 @ 10:47 am

      Good point, doced. It would seem the NRA has gone the same corrupted and putrefied way as AARP. Fortunate that GOA (Gun Owners of America) and AMAC have risen to fill the void. For political clout, I’m shifting my support from NRA to GOA (NGA is good, but would seem to be much smaller than GOA).

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  17. TucoComment by Tuco
    November 9, 2013 @ 12:18 am

    Not only the NRA, but the GOP had better wise up to the rolling grumble in its ranks. RINOs like McConnell need to be weeded out in favor of true conservatives like Matt Bevin, not supported in their treachery to traditional GOP values. I’m a life member of the NRA, but if that’s the course they propose to take, they will be asked to remove me from their rolls. And the GOP isn’t far behind. One more roster of RINOs on the GOP ticket and I’m done as a life-long Republican.

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    • usavetComment by usavet
      November 9, 2013 @ 7:39 am

      Everyone needs to tell the NRA to leave this race alone. I support Matt Bevin to unseat McConnell. McConnell is part of the problems in DC just like McCain.

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  19. marianne4tpComment by marianne4tp
    November 9, 2013 @ 4:50 pm

    The NRA must be as brain dead as the RINO establishment. McConnell is a threat to red-blooded American Conservatives and a dirty back-door dealing politician. This corrupt D.C. “elder” has stayed in power waaay too long.

    The NRA just lost my respect. The only thing McConnel deserves is a boot out the door…

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  20. RPComment by RP
    November 10, 2013 @ 1:40 am

    I wrote to the NRA and said that I was considering giving up my life membership for wanting to support Harry Reid in his reelection campaign a few years back. He had an A rating with them and went against the TEA Party candidate. Manchin had an A rating. Tim Kaine and Mar Warner both had had ratings from the NRA. What did each one of them do? When push came to shove in the gun control debate, they all voted for gun control. The NRA has tried to remain neutral to party and defend those that defend the Second Amendment. It is time for them to open their eyes to people that try to go along with the Dems. For people to get along with Dems, are just letting the Dems hack away at our country until they get what they want a little at a time.

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  21. notforsaleComment by notforsale
    November 12, 2013 @ 11:13 pm

    The SENATE CONSERVATIVES FUND (Jim DeMint’s group) endorsed Matt Bevin and even though I’m not from Kentucky – I will send him a donation. I hope that NRA members (all over the country) will do the same to show support and to send a message! I’m not a “party loyalist” for either side . . . just someone that realizes this PROGRESSIVE movement has got to STOP!

    Here is a sampling of some of McConnell’s shortcomings on gun rights issues:
    •Voted against Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) Amendment to block authority under Patriot Act to obtain gun records [RC #82, 5/26/11]
    •Voted for an amendment by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) prohibiting the sale or transfer of handguns by a licensed manufacturer, importer or dealer unless a secure gun storage or safety device is provided for each handgun. 25 Republicans and 2 Democrats voted against it. [RC #17, 02/26/04]
    •Voted for Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) amendment to spend taxpayer funds for Department of Education grants used to disseminate a gun control agenda in schools and through public service announcements. [RC #32, 03/02/00]
    •Voted for Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI) Amendment requiring that all guns be sold with trigger locks [RC#122, 5/18/99]
    •Voted for the 1991 Crime Bill (S. 1241), sponsored by then Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE), that imposed a waiting period for handguns and a ban on 14 types of assault style weapons. [RC #125, 07/11/91]
    •Senator McConnell cut a deal with the Democrats to allow all of Obama’s second term nominees to sail through the Senate. Included in that deal was the confirmation of anti-gun zealot Todd Jones to serve as Director of the ATF.

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  22. rosie6600Comment by rosie6600
    November 13, 2013 @ 7:51 pm

    Republican Mitch McConnell is an Obama supporter, a supporter of an administration whose ultimate aim is confiscation of the guns of American citizens. Not even the NRA leadership could be so stupid as to believe that election of an Obama supporter is good thing for gun owners. That leadership, therefore, must be in agreement with that Obama supporter, and like that Obama supporter is eager for a rewarding pat on the head by its master, Obama.

    In the 2012 election, Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the NRA, personally endorsed Senator Harry Reid, of Nevada; Reid is Obama’s handmaiden. LaPierre and Chris Cox, NRA-ILA executive director, were going to have the NRA organization itself endorse Reid but were stopped by outcries from the membership.

    What is desperately needed is a purge of the NRA’s highly paid leadership and its replacement by honest supporters of the 2nd Amendment, supporters who understand the obvious, that strengthening an administration that is committed to confiscating the guns of American citizens is not in the best interest of those citizens, nor in the best interest of those paying their high salaries, and not in the best interest of America.

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