Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Press Release: NRA endorses Hill but Schansberg receives higher rating

NRA endorses Hill but Schansberg receives higher rating

For this election, the National Rifle Association (NRA) endorsed Baron Hill in the 9th District congressional race.

Schansberg commented: “Their decision rule seems to be choosing incumbents who are decent on the 2nd Amendment—rather than those who are best in that area. That said, it still seems odd that they would endorse someone who publicly endorsed Barack Obama.”

In 2006, the NRA and Gun Owners of America (GOA) endorsed Mike Sodrel. In 2006, GOA gave Baron Hill a grade of D- (D minus), Mike Sodrel a grade of A- (A minus), and Eric Schansberg a grade of A. In 2008, GOA awarded Schansberg and Sodrel an A—while giving Hill a B.

When asked about the endorsement and ratings of the two 2nd Amendment groups, Schansberg said “We’re fortunate to have three good candidates on the 2nd Amendment, but you’re not going to beat a Libertarian on gun rights. Hill is solid—and very good for a Democrat. Sodrel is excellent. But we’re glad for the GOA’s recognition of our strength on the 2nd Amendment—equal to Sodrel this year and surpassing him two years ago.”