Are They Gun-Worthy?-The NRA Weighs in on Florida Elections
The National Rifle Association (NRA) recently upgraded its ratings for Florida candidates and issued its endorsements for the upcoming round of elections.
The NRA-Political Victory fund published the New report card. Politicians often use the report card to boast about their high or low scores, depending on their voter base.
Governor Ron DeSantis earned an A+ rating, indicating that he supports NRA agenda items and demonstrates a greater overall commitment to the cause. His opponent Charlie Crist was rated as an F. This grade symbolizes a “True enemy of gun owners’ rights. A consistent anti-gun candidate who always opposes gun owners’ rights, actively leads anti-gun legislative efforts, or sponsors anti-gun legislation.”
Senator Marco Rubio received a B grade and wasn’t endorsed by the NRA, partially due to his poor vote attendance. The NRA defines this grade as indicative of “A generally pro-gun candidate. However, a “B” candidate may have opposed some pro-gun reform or supported some restrictive legislation in the past.” However, Rubio’s opponent Val Demings received an F, leaving the choice for pro-gun voters rather obvious.
Attorney General Ashely Moody received an A, CFO Jimmy Patronis an A+, and both were endorsed. Democratic challengers Aramis Ayala and Adam Hattersley both received failing grades.
Proud to have the endorsement of the @NRA for my re-election as CFO. I will always protect your constitutional rights, unlike my opponent. Get out and vote this November to secure our gun rights. pic.twitter.com/8yuiK0OnQI
— Jimmy Patronis (@JimmyPatronis) September 23, 2022
Most republicans in house congressional races received A’s as well. Byron Donalds, Matt Gaetz, and Greg Steube all earned A+ grades. Most other GOP incumbents also made “A” grades, most of which received endorsements. All democratic challengers received F’s.
A significant number of GOP candidates were not graded favorably by the NRA, and candidates in state-level races presented a similarly mixed bag.
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