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In case Bloomberg declares an anti-gun mandate....

Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by Brian in Oregon, Nov 4, 2009.

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  1. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Nanny Bloomberg loses 13 allies.<br>
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    From Snowflakesinhell:<br>
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    After last night’s results came in, Bloomberg’s anti-gun group is down another 16 mayors in Pennsylvania – and that’s the minimum number. Unfortunately a few of the rural counties (and at least one not-so-rural county) don’t seem to have heard of this new-fangled internet thingamajig. They don’t post their results online. Another has a weird thing of not posting municipal races online even though at the county level, they still have to count those votes.<br>
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    Most of Bloomberg’s losses in Pennsylvania actually came through attrition. Most of those mayors opted not to run again. Some lost in their primary elections, and others in the general election last night.<br>
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    Overwhelmingly, Bloomberg will claim success though. The reason? Most of his mayors won re-election with more than 90% of the vote! (Because they had no challengers.) But don’t you know, his lobbyist that he shares with Handgun Control, Inc. – Max Nacheman – will no doubt claim that it is an overwhelming mandate for more gun control in the Commonwealth.<br>
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    Of course, Nacheman has also been claiming that he has tons of new mayors in Pennsylvania who signed up with Bloomberg just to spite NRA. Funny, those dozens he claimed to Monica Yant Kinney – a whooping one. And he’s from a Philly suburb. There’s a shocker. So Nacheman’s claims are, at best, dubious until he shows his hand.<br>
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    There were less than a dozen contested races for MAIG mayors in Pennsylvania. Most were won by the incumbents because their challengers weren’t serious candidates based on returns. However, there were a few who were very close to being knocked out – by 4 or 5 points. To think, NRA’s Pennsylvania liaison wasn’t even involved in these local races and yet MAIG sent CeaseFire PA out to endorse in those close races. (That’s a reasonably safe assumption since Nacheman is also connected to them through his previous political work.) Can you imagine if NRA had stepped in to those towns? That could have been a fun game to play.<br>
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    NRA doesn’t really play at this level of politics. So whether we like it or not, Bloomberg has a leg up on us at this point. He’s got a paid lobbyist that he shares with a national gun control group and who has a long relationship (and sway) with a state gun control group on the ground here. We rely on volunteers for most of these battles. This is a brand new challenge for us, and it will bite us in the ass in Harrisburg if we don’t cut it off right now. For the Pennsylvania readers, that means work to do over the next 2-4 years. It won’t be fun work. But on election night, it will feel damn good.
     
  2. Charles.F.Phillips

    Charles.F.Phillips TS Member

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    Brian,

    <i>"Can you imagine if NRA had stepped in to those towns?"</i>

    As a long-time member of the NRA, I have much to say about the good they have done for us at the national level. Having said that, I would also say that you should not expect much help from them on the state and local level. They generally only step into such cases when it is high profile and somehow advances the national agenda. Otherwise, they are very little help at the state and local level. That's not a slam on the NRA; it simply reflects the fact that they are a national organization focusing on national interests.

    We in Virginia are fortunate to have a state level organization called the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL). The VCDL has done more for the rights of gun owners in the Commonwealth of Virginia than any other organization. The focus is on open carry and concealed carry, but it doesn't stop there. The VCDL works with other organizations such as the NRA and our presence is known at most gun shows and we are very well known by the General Assembly and many city councils.

    If you have a Pennsylvanian equivalent of the VCDL, then you should support it and if you don't, then think about starting your own "PCDL" and make yourselves heard!

    R/s,<br />
    Charlie
     
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