Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Allison Grimes’ Pro-Gun Act Exposed In Campaign Memos

Allison Lundergan Grimes has been making a big deal out of her support for guns throughout her Senate campaign, even releasing an ad where she shoots clay pigeons while responding to attacks from Mitch McConnell. But new campaign briefings obtained by the Weekly Standard reveal that Grimes’ support of gun rights is nothing more than scripted political theater.

The briefings, which were prepared for Grimes in advance of private meetings with the Courier – Journal and Kentucky Enquirer, begin by instructing her to emphasize her differences with President Obama on gun issues by saying things like: “we shouldn’t be banning guns based on things like their grips as a bill supported by Obama tried to do.”

After playing up her phony pro-gun stance, the memos tell her to back down — “ONLY IF PUSHED” — on issues such as “expanding the background check system” and “closing the gun show loophole”.  In other words, Grimes’ staff is telling her to say one thing to the media while telling voters something else entirely.

Luckily for Grimes, her opponent is just as big a phony on guns as she is. McConnell, despite flaunting a rifle at the CPAC conference (and having the backing of the Washington insiders in the NRA), has voted for a long list of gun control bills over the years.

It looks like Kentucky gun owners are left without a good option this November.