Not gun related but it is election related and includes Virginia Senator Mark Warner. This morning Jim Geraghty shared the below video as part of his Morning Jolt daily newsletter.
Obamacare is unpopular even in Virginia and “Mr. Bipartisan” Mark Warner could take hits in is poll numbers if he is hammered enough with ads like this either by outside groups or the eventual GOP opponent. The GOP will pick its candidate at the state GOP convention in early June.
Warner looked unbeatable going into this year’s election until former RNC and VAGOP party chairman Ed Gillespie jumped in the race. If the GOP doesn’t commit suicide at its convention in June, the election could end up being a close race. Despite his claims of bipartisanship, Warner has voted with Obama on almost every issue. He also voted for the Manchin/Schumer/Toomey amendment to the 2013 gun ban legislation that would have criminalized private transfers of firearms. For 13 years Warner has tried to cultivate a pro-gun persona. One vote in 2013 likely changed all of that. He wasn’t endorsed in 2008 but had an “A” rating from the NRA based on the fact he signed a number of pro-gun bills as governor. His opponent in 2008 was former Governor and NRA Board Member Jim Gilmore, who also had an “A” rating. We’ll see what the 2014 rating will be after having voted for Manchin as well as two anti-gun Supreme Court nominees, votes that the NRA scored.