GOA Alert: Tom Ridge to replace Specter

Discussion in 'The Constitutional & RKBA Forum' started by 45nut, May 8, 2009.

  1. 45nut

    45nut Well-Known Member

    Jul 19, 2006
    Dallas, TX
    Republican "Leaders" Looking to Replace Specter with Noted
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    Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert
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    Thursday, May 7, 2009

    Some Republicans still don't understand why mainstream America is so
    upset with their Party.

    Now that Sen. Arlen Specter has defected to the Democrat Party, many
    prominent Republicans are openly recruiting liberal Republicans to run
    against Specter.

    And at the top of their list is Tom Ridge.

    Ridge is the turncoat Republican whose vote was crucial in passing the
    semi-auto ban in 1994.

    After having opposed a similar ban in 1991, then-Rep. Tom Ridge
    flip-flopped and teamed up with Charles Schumer (D-NY) to pass the
    semi-auto gun and magazine ban. The gun ban passed narrowly, 216 to
    214, thanks to Tom Ridge.

    Later, as Governor of Pennsylvania, Ridge signed one of the most
    restrictive gun control laws in the State's history -- the infamous Act
    17 which registered and taxed long gun buyers and placed other
    restrictions on Keystone State gun owners.

    As the head of the Department of Homeland Security, Tom Ridge opposed
    arming pilots. He asked, sarcastically, if pilots carry guns, then
    should we also arm railroad engineers and bus drivers? As DHS Director,
    Ridge should have led the charge to arm pilots and people in other
    positions that fell under the agency's purview.

    Instead, he just repeated the same tired old anti-gun line that we hear
    every time a state passes a concealed carry handgun law.

    Guess who else opposed the armed pilots program? Pennsylvania's
    "Benedict" Arlen Specter, who was one of only two Republican
    Senators to
    vote against the bill.

    The last thing we need is another elitist in Congress who does not trust
    law-abiding citizens with firearms. And yet, wishy-washy Republican
    Senators like Utah's Orrin Hatch and South Carolina's Lindsey Graham are
    touting Ridge over Specter. In other words, let's replace one turncoat
    with another.

    There is a better option. His name is Pat Toomey, a Gun Owners of
    America "A" rated pro-gunner who served in the U.S. House of
    Representatives for three terms, before honoring a self-imposed term
    limit and retiring in 2004.

    Those who are pushing anti-gunner Tom Ridge claim that Pat Toomey is
    unelectable because he's "too conservative" for Pennsylvania.

    But that's what self-appointed experts said before Toomey got elected
    term after term in a largely Democrat district in the eastern part of
    Pennsylvania. And that's what they said before he accrued a gigantic
    lead in the polls over a sitting Senator this year, forcing Specter to
    jump parties.

    It was Pat Toomey who forced Specter to jump to the Democrat Party.
    Toomey -- who was backed by Gun Owners of America Political Victory Fund
    -- was leading Specter in polls by an overwhelming margin.

    That's also what they said about Ronald Reagan -- who was supposedly too
    conservative to win a national election. (By the way, Reagan also won

    Bottom line: We need to put these squishy politicians on alert. Their
    internal party politics is their business. But when party leaders start
    pushing noted gun banners -- using the money contributed by millions of
    gun owners around the country -- we're not going to remain silent.

    Texas Senator John Cornyn is the head of the National Republican
    Senatorial Committee. Michael Steele heads the Republican National
    Committee. The decision to support an anti-gunner over a defender of
    the Second Amendment rests largely in their hands.

    ACTION: Please urge Senator John Cornyn and Chairman Michael Steele not
    to interfere in Pennsylvania's primary. There is already a pro-gun,
    electable conservative running in the primary who deserves their

    You can contact NRSC's Sen. Cornyn at info@nrsc.org or by phone at (202)

    You can contact RNC Chairman Michael Steele at chairman@gop.com or by
    phone at (202) 863-8700.

    ----- Pre-written letter -----

    Dear Senator Cornyn / Chairman Steele:

    Please don't cave in to pressure to support anti-gun candidate Tom Ridge
    over pro-gunner Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania's Republican primary.

    When in Congress, Ridge provided crucial support to pass the Clinton
    semi-auto gun ban. As Governor of Pennsylvania, Ridge signed one of the
    most restrictive gun laws in the State's history. And as head of the
    Department of Homeland Security, Ridge opposed the successful
    congressional effort to arm commercial airline pilots.

    The last thing we need is another Senator who does not trust "We the
    People" with firearms.

    Pat Toomey served three terms in the House before honoring a
    self-imposed term limit and retiring. Rep. Toomey was "A"
    rated by Gun Owners of America, and stood firm on conservative principles even though he was supposedly "too conservative" for his district.

    I urge you not to interfere in this race on behalf of an anti-gun
  2. 22WRF

    22WRF Well-Known Member

    May 10, 2004
    After much speculation, former Gov. Tom Ridge today announced that he would not seek the GOP nomination for Senate next year.

    In a statement, Ridge said he had been heartened by the support and encouragement he received from within the party and that it had been a difficult decision for him. He expressed a desire to still be involved in the party’s development.