Betsy Markey Gets NRA Endorsement

The National Rifle Association (NRA) will endorse Democratic Rep. Betsy Markey in CD-4 in what is a major blow to the campaign of Republican challenger Cory Gardner, who has been trying to cast Markey as a straight-up liberal in Congress. As The National Review reports:

Her opponent Cory Gardner’s campaign manager Chris Hansen flatly told Battle ’10, “The NRA told us they were endorsing Betsy Markey.”

Calls to NRA-PVF regarding an imminent endorsement in CO-4 were not immediately returned. There is some consensus that the NRA’s political arm has developed an “incumbent endorsement policy” in contested, non-open seats. A source for Battle ’10 said that the rule likely is not a hard-and-fast guideline, but given two choices and an incumbent with an adequate rating, the NRA will most likely endorse that person, regardless of party…

…Markey voted for the NRA-friendly DISCLOSE Act, which exempts large non-profits like the NRA from disclosing their donors, pending the organization’s completion of certain criteria that, in this version, favored large national groups like the NRA. Garnering only 219 votes to pass, Markey’s vote was consequential to the success of the DISCLOSE Act.

The strangest part of this story is that it was Gardner’s campaign that essentially broke the news to the media about Markey’s pending endorsement. Good call, there, Gardner campaign manager Chris Hansen! Way to be the one to break the news that the NRA will support your opponent!

This news comes a day after it was revealed that the NRA was endorsing Democratic Rep. John Salazar in CD-3.

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  1. Aggie says:

    Too bad they can’t debate the merits of this or any other issue.  That is, unless its convinient for Markey.

  2. Pam Bennett says:

    J. Salazar and B. Markey have not voted the Democratic line while in office. In fact Markey is a proud Blue Dog. I think the NRA sees the necessity of protecting what they have considering the possible volatility of this election.  Bet on Gardner, a politician who has not nailed down any issue? Or, bet on the current holder of the seat who votes R on many bills?

    Not surprising to go with the knowns.

  3. BillM says:

    …Cory Gardner no longer is one of the GOP’s “Young Guns?”

  4. MADCO says:

    2010 is the R wave year and everyone knows it.

    Like the NRA counts for anything, anyway.

  5. bjwilson83 says:

    Did you not get your coffee today? The NRA ceased to be a right leaning organization with their little stunt in the DREAM Act. Not to mention flirting with Harry Reid. Gun owners are flocking from the NRA to the GOA (Gun Owners of America), which has endorsed Gardner I think. Either them or RMGO (Rocky Mountain Gun Owners).

  6. Ellie says:

    Gardner and Tipton will have the help of Dudley Brown and Rocky Mountain Gun Owners.

    • Colorado PolsColorado Pols says:

      Again, to our point above — the NRA endorsement is important because it hurts Gardner’s “Markey is an extreme liberal” narrative and makes Markey look more moderate. Getting an endorsement that would be expected to go to a Republican is huge. Getting endorsements that you are expected to get (like Gardner and the RMGO)…not so much.

      • Ralphie says:

        Might mean something to the fringe.

        They don’t mean much to average voters.

        NRA is good enough for “not liberal crazy” to average voters.

        But then, Ellie, you’re smart enough to know that already.

        • Ellie says:

          I was basing the statement based on Dudley’s history. :)

        • Pat Boon says:

          RMGO and GOA folks live in the land of the 20ish percent who were polling in favor of GWB in December 2008. They’ll vote “R” down the line without a second thought (or a first one).

          • Laughing Boy says:

            Poor us.  We’re too stupid to know what’s good for us.  How sad that us poor, poor rubes need enlightenment that only a basement-dwelling elitist can show us.

            • CastleMan says:

              Laughing Boy, I can’t resist . . . .

              If you’re voting for the folks with the “R” after their name, then you’re lining up with the people who, let’s see now . . .

              Got us into an unnecessary war (and lied to do it).

              Took a big budget surplus and turned into a gigantic budget deficit.

              Decided that 200-plus years of tradition and law against torture just had to go.

              Thought the job of Congress was to try to intervene in one family’s medical decision-making.

              Managed to conclude that never mentioning birth control in sex education classes might be the best way to lower the number of teen pregnancies.

              Shall I continue? There’s so much more over there in wingnut land!

              Yes, Laughing Boy, one does have to question the extent to which lever-pullers for the “R” team are thinking.

            • Pat Boon says:

              Pity maybe but I ain’t trying to enlighten you. It’d be a waste of time. And don’t have a basement.  

              • Laughing Boy says:

                Because I’m just so stupid and beneath you.

                Please don’t ask me why you are going to get your philosophical ass kicked in November by us bitter gun and bible-clingers.

                • Pat Boon says:

                  Cycles dude. Politics happen in cycles. People fail to remember the past so we are all doomed to repeat it. That’s why I’m going to get my philosophical ass kicked in November not because your or yours are right. We’ll play the “limited government” and “lower taxes” album again with the same sorry results. Then it will be the Left’s turn when people are weary of the anti tax and spend R’s who can’t stop spending in the face of tax cuts. Just like always, they’ll talk big but just succeed in driving the deficit higher and services lower. Like the sun sets in the West this too shall pass.

                  • parsingreality says:

                    You are so right….except going through this cycle is deeply painful, especially as I go into the (Fool’s) Golden Years.  And thinking of my grandkids coming of age into this long night of economic and social terror.

                    My parent’s generation (she’s 93) learned first hand about the results of Corporatist/Republican/Plutocratic policies, and the Liberal/Democratic/New Deal policies that brought us back to a truly Great Society (Sorr, LBJ.) They understood, through WWII especially, that working cooperatively, taxing the bejeesus out of the rich, and willingness to tax oneself for betterment of the community made for a strong middle class and America.  The fifties and sixties were truly The Golden Age of the Middle Class.

                    Note my sig line……

  7. Craig says:

    Is it possible that the Gardner campaign released the information early so that it could get its supporters to put pressure on the NRA to change their endorsement?  Pols, this is a possible rational explanation for why the Gardner campaign released this information.

    • Splitting Hairs says:

      It certainly worked against Harry Reid. It looked like the NRA was going to give him the endorsement after Harry freed up Fed Land for a new Shooting Range near Vegas. But when enough people freaked out, they ran from Harry with great speed.

  8. H-man says:

    The National Rifle Association (NRA) will endorse (Democratic Rep. Betsy Markey in CD-4) (Republican Ken Buck for the US Senate) in what is a major blow to the campaign of (Republican challenger Cory Gardner)(Democrat incumbent Michael Bennet), who has been trying to cast (Markey) (Buck) as a (straight-up liberal)(extemeist) in (Congress)(Senate).

    Just keepin’ it fair and balanced.

  9. Gray in Mountains says:

    because he is black

  10. shrubHugger says:

    but why are there two BJ’s and Libertads?

    I’m having a strange acid flashback…

  11. Laughing Boy says:

    See how that sells with a majority of voters.  

    So you’re saying 49.4 % of Americans are racist?

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