Thursday, October 20, 2011

NRA Grades for 2011 NJ State District 11 Candidates

It's not that I'm a single issue voter, but the NRA grades do mean a lot to me. Two of our "Republican" candidates here in the new District 11 don't score so well, the only good news for Republicans is that the Democrats score worse, or didn't even give those who believe that they have a Second Amendment right the courtesy of responding to the NRA survey.

Here are the Senate Candidates:

*JENNIFER BECK (R) Grade: C-
Not necessarily a passing grade. A candidate with a mixed record or positions on gun related issues, who may oppose some pro-gun positions or support some restrictive legislation.

RAYMOND SANTIAGO (D) Grade: D
An anti-gun candidate who usually supports restrictive gun control legislation and opposes pro-gun reforms. Regardless of public statements, can usually be counted on to vote wrong on key issues.

And here are the Assembly Candidates:
MARY PAT ANGELINI (R) Grade: F
True enemy of gun owners' rights. A consistent anti-gun candidate who always opposes gun owners' rights and/or actively leads anti-gun legislative efforts, or sponsors anti-gun legislation.

CAROLINE CASAGRANDE (R) Grade: A-
Solidly pro-gun candidate. A candidate who has supported NRA positions on key votes in elective office or a candidate with a demonstrated record of support on Second Amendment issues.

KATHY HORGAN (D) Grade: ?
Refused to answer the NRA-PVF Candidate Questionnaire, often an indication of indifference, if not outright hostility, to gun owners' and sportsmen's rights.

VIN GOPAL (D) Grade: ?
Refused to answer the NRA-PVF Candidate Questionnaire, often an indication of indifference, if not outright hostility, to gun owners' and sportsmen's rights.
The NRA doesn't seem to know that Dan Jacobson is running as an Independent. I suspect that since Dan seems to think I'm a "gun nut" simply because I exercise my rights and believe I have a basic human right to defend myself, he'd probably score somewhere above Mary Pat and somewhere far below before Caroline.

In any case, quite disappointing grades, but nothing we didn't know already. Jen Beck and Mary Pat were both on the wrong side of NJ's "One Gun A Month" (among other issues that matter to Republicans) -- given the system we have in place, it is still my opinion that returning these anti-gun candidates to office will yield better legislation regarding public worker benefit reforms, school choice reforms, property tax caps and reforms and give the Governor more support in pushing his agenda for NJ.

Vote Tuesday November 8th.

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