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McDonnell Gets The NRA, Deeds Spin Reaches 100RPM

By Greg L | 14 September 2009 | Virginia Politics | 14 Comments

Bob McDonnell wrapped up the endorsement of the National Rifle Association today, prompting some hilarious spin among the Democrats who were so proud of Creigh Deeds when he got this endorsement during the 2005 race for Attorney General.  NLS says this will only energize anti-gun liberals in Northern Virginia, and other Dems are doing their best to turn this spin into truth by frothing their collective (and collectivist) mouths on cue.  The most amusing spin doctoring of this pretty substantial blow to the Deeds campaign however comes not from liberal bloggers and anti-gun activists, but from Creigh Deeds himself.  This guy says just the darnedest things.

So what is his opinion on this development today?

Deeds downplayed the importance of the NRA on Monday saying that he has always been a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment and gun rights, and he said that politically the NRA is “basically a Republican organization.” (Daily Press, September 14, 2009)

Only problem is, he’s kind of appreciated an NRA endorsement the last time he was running for statewide office in 2005:

“The NRA endorsement is by far more prominent than the endorsement of the FOP. I’m sure when voters head to the polls November 8 they’re going to put a lot greater weight on who’s endorsed by the NRA,” [Deeds spokesman Peter] Jackson said. “The FOP chose to endorse the entire Republican ticket.” (Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, September 39, 2005)

This was and is very, very important to me,” Deeds said.

He said the NRA’s backing “could make a difference” in his race with Republican Bob McDonnell, a state delegate from Virginia Beach who also has made a strong push for support from gun owners. Polls indicate the race is very close. (Roanoke Times, September 30, 2005)

I get the impression the Deeds campaign is mighty concerned about this, and with good reason.  The NRA-ILA is getting a lot of people active in this election, holding volunteer seminars across the Commonwealth and getting not only a lot of gun owners to the polls this November, but arming them with a lot of very relevant information.   The NRA has well over a hundred thousand members in Virginia, and if they only get even a small fraction of them to be actively engaged, it’s going to be quite a considerable army.  That’s not even mentioning the huge swaths of their membership that vote with the NRA’s endorsement list in their hand at the voting booth.

It’s got to be a tough time in the Deeds campaign when all they can do to counter is announce that the Firefighter’s union, which always supports the most liberal candidates in Virginia (like moonfruity Jeanette Rishell) is getting behind Deeds.  Yeah, like that’s a surprise, or even noteworthy in any way.

UPDATE: Fishersville Mike gets the prize for the best comment on all of this: “When your campaign is going up in smoke, it’s helpful to have help from people who are used to dealing with smoldering embers.”

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  1. Ron said on 14 Sep 2009 at 7:51 pm:
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    100 MPH or 100 RPM?

    [Ed note: I like that better, thanks!]

  2. legal2 said on 14 Sep 2009 at 8:06 pm:
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    sorry, i couldn’t help myself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-xLtTYoPfw

  3. Citizen12 said on 14 Sep 2009 at 9:48 pm:
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    I am curious to know how Deeds got the 2005 NRA nod while supporting a ban on semi-automatic weapons.

    “Deeds’ stance on gun control included supporting a ban on semi-automatic firearms[citation needed], but that did not prevent him from earning the endorsement of the NRA, which cited his patronage of a state constitutional amendment that guaranteed the right to hunt.”

    Least we forget Deeds supported the plan of Kaine to violate the Virginia State Constitution by grant taxing authority to the department of transportation.

    “Both Mr. Deeds and Mr. Moran supported the plan of Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D), ultimately gutted by the state Supreme Court, to generate millions in transportation funding.”

    One might assume the adage “by whatever means necessary” applies to acquiring and spending citizen’s money as well.

  4. Groveton said on 14 Sep 2009 at 10:25 pm:
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    This is a non-event. I think Bob McDonnell is the better candidate but nobody thinks Creigh Deeds is anti-second amendment. I would be very surprised if this changes anybody’s mind about this election.

  5. Greg L said on 15 Sep 2009 at 12:30 am:
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    Deeds supported legislation to “close the gun show loophole” and subject private sales of firearms to state regulation. He also opposed concealed carry in restaurants. Not very pro-2A stances in my opinion.

  6. Howard the Duck said on 15 Sep 2009 at 7:56 am:
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    “basically a Republican organization.”

    and whose fault is that Mr. Deeds?

  7. Tillie said on 15 Sep 2009 at 8:38 am:
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    Both those actions are sensible. Concealed weapons in restaurants? Why?

    Deeds gets my vote.

  8. Mr. GOP said on 15 Sep 2009 at 9:01 am:
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    Tillie, Karl Marx would get your vote…spare us, please…

  9. Pat.Herve said on 15 Sep 2009 at 9:16 am:
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    Why shouldn’t private sales of firearms adhere to state regulations??

    Isn’t that 1 way to keep a firearm out of a known nut jobs hands??

  10. Greg L said on 15 Sep 2009 at 9:28 am:
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    The state simply doesn’t have the constitutional power to regulate firearms transactions between private individuals. Not only would this violate the Second, Ninth and Tenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, but it violates Section 13 of the Virginia Constitution as well.

    Irresponsible firearms transfers are already subject to civil tort action, which has for hundreds of years been a fully adequate bar to mischief and recklessness.

  11. Howard the Duck said on 15 Sep 2009 at 10:26 am:
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    Tillie said on 15 Sep 2009 at 8:38 am:
    Concealed weapons in restaurants? Why?

    In case when served the main course isn’t dead yet.:)

    Seriously, I support the second amendment and concealed carry laws.

    We can thank the democratic party for introducing the insidious Holt Amendment (HR 45.)


  12. citizenofmanassas said on 15 Sep 2009 at 10:41 am:
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    Why not conceal carry in restaurants? Or, are you only going to start something if you know someone does not have a gun?

  13. Tillie said on 15 Sep 2009 at 11:39 pm:
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    If someone feels the need to carry a gun in a restaurant, I would like to SEE it. Why conceal it?

  14. Citizen12 said on 16 Sep 2009 at 10:09 pm:
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    Tillie said on 15 Sep 2009 at 11:39 pm: Flag comment


    If someone feels the need to carry a gun in a restaurant, I would like to SEE it.


    Here is your reason.


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