NRA backs Caldarera over Malliotakis in GOP primary

I had a laugh after reading this:

“The National Rifle Association has fired a political shot in what had been considered a non-competitive Republican primary for the 11th congressional seat in Staten Island and southern Brooklyn. The NRA has endorsed little-known candidate Joe Caldarera over veteran state Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, who is the heavy favorite to win the primary and take on first-term Democratic Rep. Max Rose in the general election …”

I don’t believe Malliotakis can beat Rose.  She ran a godawful campaign for Mayor.

“… The NRA gave Caldarera the nod after giving Malliotakis a C minus for her legislative voting record. She voted for the NY Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act in 2013 — gun safety restrictions that are opposed by the gun-rights lobby …”

She deserves an F. Inflating her grade simply because she is a Republican is not helpful to the cause.

“… The NRA said it gave Caldarera, 28, the endorsement based on his answers in its questionnaire. He has never held office or taken any votes to be judged on. “I have always been steadfast and strong in my support for our 2nd Amendment constitutional rights, and I am thrilled that the NRA has endorsed my campaign. Nicole Malliotakis does not share the values of the people of Staten Island and South Brooklyn, and I am looking forward to offering them a loyal conservative choice on June 23rd,” Caldarera said in a statement …”

From a practical standpoint, there’s no reason not to take him at his word.

“… Some independent political observers, such as the Cook Political Report, consider the 11th congressional district a toss-up in the general election …”

I don’t, not with Malliotakis as the alternative.

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