NRA criticizes Grimes over Vegas fundraiser host

October 10, 2013 | | Comments 5

By Sam Youngman

WASHINGTON – The National Rifle Association, unhappy with one of the co-hosts of a fundraiser for Alison Lundergan Grimes, assailed Grimes on Thursday as unfriendly to gun owners.

Alison Lundergan Grimes

Alison Lundergan Grimes

Grimes was set to appear at a fundraiser for her campaign in Las Vegas Thursday night. One of the co-hosts of the event, trial lawyer Mike Papantonio, has made critical comments about the NRA.

Chris Cox, the NRA’s chief lobbyist, told the Lexington Herald-Leader in an email Thursday afternoon that Grimes’ claims to be a friend to gun-owners appear to be “empty campaign promises.”

“Alison Grimes would clearly rather hold court with her anti-gun Las Vegas trial lawyer friends than stand with hundreds of thousands of NRA members, gun owners and sportsmen in Kentucky,” Cox said. “While she may make empty campaign promises to support Second Amendment rights, her actions say something completely different. Kentuckians deserve better.”

Grimes’ campaign took issue with the charge, noting that her family, including her husband Andrew, shoot and hunt.

“As a contributor to the NRA, Alison’s position remains clear that she is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment,” Grimes’ spokeswoman Charly Norton said in an email. “She is on record with the NRA and will always fight to protect Kentuckians’ right to bear arms. Anyone who suggests otherwise is simply playing politics.”

While the NRA generally grades politicians on their records pertaining to gun issues, a spokesman said they do not have one for Grimes, a relative newcomer to the political arena.

Grimes will receive an NRA grade when the 2014 set is released somewhere in the middle of next year.

Filed Under: Alison Lundergan GrimesDemocratic PartyElectionsFederal GovernmentMitch McConnellUS Senate Race

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  1. CoolerKing says:

    The gun-crazy zealots of the NRA don’t speak for me — or, it appears, most people. A recent Quinnipiac poll shows that 89 percent of Americans support requiring background checks for all gun buyers. Even 82 percent of Republicans support it! The NRA is completely out of touch with the American people. Why the media gives it so much attention is beyond me.

  2. ralph emerson says:

    If this babe wanted to show us that she is better than mcTurkey, she would raise money in Kentucky. That way she would be owned only by rich ky democrats rather than being owned by rich out of staters.

  3. Chandler Levrich says:

    Dear Ralph,
    I am a small town nobody in Las Vegas. I saw Alison Lundergan Grimes’ videos on You Tube with her grandmothers. The fact that she is a good Democrat with solid centrist views is the reason I sent in a nominal contribution to her campaign. As a gun owner who believes in responsible gun ownership, I value the 2nd Amendment. I also value a small town Kentucky gal who has her head on straight in her grassroots campaign to switch Mitch. And I may be a small town voter but I do believe that the importance of her race will have national repercussions. I am going to make another donation to her campaign because I want to be counted amongst those “rich out of staters”. Thank you, Ralph, you made my day:)

  4. Buck+Feshear says:

    I saw Jerry Lundergan’s daughter on TV the other night, giving the EPA and Obama hell for the regulations that are killing the coal industry. She has no credibility to complain about this since she and her father are members and wholehearted supporters of the party that actively promotes such policies that are detrimental to the economic well-being of Kentucky. I guess they also didn’t see where the Lawrence County school district is going to be decimated financially by the closure of the big power plant there.

  5. James says:

    More Kentuckians are glad under Democrats the EPA is working again to protect our air and water and health from the Mercury and Carbon Dioxide emitted by dirty coal burning power plants and regulations to protect miner safety are being enforced. Natural gas is cheaper and 80% cleaner. “War on Coal” is propaganda created by the Coal Lobby and Republicans.