Rudy has hired Bush’s first campaign manager, Joe Allbaugh. Allbaugh managed Bush’s first presidential campaign, and served as Director of FEMA until 2003.
While all that is very interesting, the part that I’m most interested in is that Allbaugh is on the NRA Board. For Rudy, it’s a pretty shrewd move if you ask me; not only does he got someone with experience at running a national campaign, but it’s another way to reach out to the gun owning community.
I still don’t trust him, though.
Interesting. I was pondering on my own blog this morning the fact that Wayne LaPierre as of yet has had nothing to say on any Republican presidential candidate’s record on guns no matter how close to Hillary’s or Obama’s it might be. This might be part of the explanation. Who knows…
Not part of the explanation. The reason Wayne hasn’t said anything about any Republican candidate records is because you don’t want to risk alienating the potential nominee. Every Republican, even Giuliani, is lining up to kiss our collective asses. The smart political move is to let them. You don’t offer an endorsement to people who have screwed you in the past.. hell, I would say you don’t even give them a fantastic rating… but having someone in the white house who knows he needs you politically is far better than someone who knows she doesn’t.
“The reason Wayne hasn’t said anything about any Republican candidate records is because you don’t want to risk alienating the potential nominee.”
Maybe not, but what does it say about a candidate who would be alienated by someone who spoke the truth about his record? Maybe some truth-telling is in the offing — I’d guess that’s contingent on how Fred Thompson does in the next few months — but no matter what I think it’s only right that the whole truth be told, no matter how painful it might be. Maybe it IS smart to let Giuliani kiss our asses, but still I think in the end, we as a community would be utter fools to believe anything that comes out of his mouth vis-a-vis firearm rights.
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