I have received the official state endorsement list from the National Rifle Association. Then again, I'm a member; you can see the same list here.
- When two candidates get the same legislative rating from the organization, they tend to endorse the incumbent: Brad Henry over Ernest Istook (governor), Cliff Branan over Pat Potts (Senate 40), Drew Edmondson over James Dunn (AG). But "tend to" doesn't mean "always"; they made no endorsement for lieutenant governor. (All these folks, including Jari Askins and Todd Hiett, got A's from NRA.) And in House 44, incumbent Bill Nations (B-plus) was preferred over challenger Gary Caissie (A).
- For some inscrutable reason, they list Mary Fallin's opponent for the 5th District as "Mike Erickson," who is running for the 5th District in Oregon.
- Only two candidates rate an actual F from the organization: Cory Spocogee (House 69) and Dana Orwig (House 87). Since both are political neophytes, I have to assume that their questionnaire responses were deemed unsatisfactory. (There are rather a lot of question marks, which presumably go to candidates who don't respond.) Still, this is inconsistent with their definition of an F: "True enemy of gun owners’ rights. A vehement anti-gun candidate who always opposes gun owners’ rights and/or actively leads anti-gun legislative efforts, or sponsors anti-gun legislation." A check of their Web sites reveals that neither of them mentions guns as an issue at all, so "actively" seems at best premature.
If nothing else, this little exposition explains why I'd make a truly lousy single-issue voter.
Posted at 6:19 AM to Political Science Fiction