NRA Endorsements For North Carolina

The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund released its endorsements as well as grades for candidates in North Carolina a few days ago.

For statewide races:

Statewide Elections

Governor

Pat McCrory (R)
Grade: A
Status: Candidate

Walter H. Dalton (D)
Grade: A
Status: Candidate
Dan Forest (R)
Grade: AQ Contact
Status: Candidate

Linda D. Coleman (D)
Grade: C-
Status: Candidate
*Roy Cooper (D)
Grade: A Contact
Status: Incumbent
*Steven Troxler (R)
Grade: A Contact
Status: Incumbent

Walter Smith (D)
Grade: ?

For Congressional races:

District 1
Pete DiLauro (R)
Grade: AQ
    Status: Candidate    
*G.K. Butterfield (D)
Grade: D
    Status: Incumbent    
District 2
*Renee Ellmers (R)
Grade: A Contact
  Status: Incumbent    
Steve Wilkins (D)
Grade: ?
    Status: Candidate    
District 3
*Walter Jones (R)
Grade: A Contact
  Status: Incumbent    
Erik Anderson (D)
Grade: ?
    Status: Candidate    
District 4
Tim D’Annunzio (R)
Grade: AQ
    Status: Candidate    
*David Price (D)
Grade: F
    Status: Incumbent    
District 5
*Virginia Foxx (R)
Grade: A Contact
  Status: Incumbent    
Elizabeth Motsinger (D)
Grade: ?
    Status: Candidate    
District 6
*Howard Coble (R)
Grade: A Contact
  Status: Incumbent    
Tony Foriest (D)
Grade: D
    Status: Candidate    
District 7
David Rouzer (R)
Grade: A
    Status: Candidate    
*Mike McIntyre (D)
Grade: A Contact
  Status: Incumbent    
District 8
Richard Hudson (R)
Grade: A
    Status: Candidate    
*Larry Kissell (D)
Grade: A Contact
  Status: Incumbent    
District 9
Robert Pittenger (R)
Grade: A Contact
  Status: Candidate    
Jennifer Roberts (D)
Grade: ?
    Status: Candidate    
District 10
*Patrick McHenry (R)
Grade: A Contact
  Status: Incumbent    
Patsy Keever (D)
Grade: D
    Status: Candidate    
District 11
Mark Meadows (R)
Grade: AQ
    Status: Candidate    
Hayden Rogers (D)
Grade: A
    Status: Candidate    
District 12
Jack Brosch (R)
Grade: ?
    Status: Candidate    
*Melvin Watt (D)
Grade: F
    Status: Incumbent    
District 13
George Holding (R)
Grade: AQ Contact
  Status: Candidate    
Charles Malone (D)
Grade: ?
    Status: Candidate    

The NRA-PVF has included explanations on why they endorsed Rep. Larry Kissell (D-8) and Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-7). You can see that on the NRA-PVF webpage from the link above.

The one quibble I have with these grades is in the 11th Congressional District which just so happens to be my district. I don’t disagree with no endorsement nor do I disagree with the grade of AQ for Republican Mark Meadows. I do disagree with the grade of A for Democrat Hayden Rogers given that he has never held elective office. It is my opinion that it should be an AQ just like Mark Meadows. Rogers had served as Chief of Staff to Rep. Heath Shuler (D-11) and I’m guessing that is the basis for the grade.

An explanation of the grades:

What the Grades Mean:

The NRA-PVF is non-partisan in issuing its candidate grades and endorsements. We do not base our decisions on a candidate’s party affiliation, but rather on his or her record on Second Amendment issues. The NRA is a single issue organization. The only issues on which we evaluate candidates seeking elected office are gun-related issues.
A+ A legislator with not only an excellent voting record on all critical NRA issues, but who has also made a vigorous effort to promote and defend the Second Amendment.
A Solidly pro-gun candidate. A candidate who has supported NRA positions on key votes in elective office or a candidate with a demonstrated record of support on Second Amendment issues.
AQ A pro-gun candidate whose rating is based solely on the candidate’s responses to the NRA-PVF Candidate Questionnaire and who does not have a voting record on Second Amendment issues.
B A generally pro-gun candidate. However, a “B” candidate may have opposed some pro-gun reform or supported some restrictive legislation in the past.
C Not necessarily a passing grade. A candidate with a mixed record or positions on gun related issues, who may oppose some pro-gun positions or support some restrictive legislation.
D An anti-gun candidate who usually supports restrictive gun control legislation and opposes pro-gun reforms. Regardless of public statements, can usually be counted on to vote wrong on key issues.
F True enemy of gun owners’ rights. A consistent anti-gun candidate who always opposes gun owners’ rights and/or actively leads anti-gun legislative efforts, or sponsors anti-gun legislation.
? Refused to answer the NRA-PVF Candidate Questionnaire, often an indication of indifference, if not outright hostility, to gun owners’ and sportsmen’s rights.
endorsedBadge Indicates an NRA Endorsed Candidate
* indicates an incumbent running for re-election

5 thoughts on “NRA Endorsements For North Carolina”

  1. Anyone who gives an "A" grade to an anti-gun tool like AG Roy Cooper needs a swift kick in the family jewels.

    Cooper has consistently fought pro-gun laws since WAY back. Unfortunately he's running unopposed, so we can't toss him out.

  2. My position is the same as it was in 2010. And that is that their incumbent friendly policy is asinine. Thankfully, the Marxist-lead Democrat party isn't in control of the US House this time around, but where the R and the D have the same grade (and there's no evidence of other overtly anti-freedom views held by the R), zero consideration should be given to the an incumbent D until they rid their leadership of the Marxists. Don't give them an opportunity to regain control until then.

    The GOP is, thankfully, being slowly taken over by the Tea Party and other freedom-oriented groups, so the outlook for change in GOP leadership is much more likely.

    I, for one, will be ignoring their endorsement for NC District 7.

    Their endorsements mean nothing to me these days. I make my own choices (as we all should, anyhow) and they're much more likely to line up with the GOA.

    1. I agree with all the comments. I ignored their endorsement in the 11th District in 2010 and voted for Jeff Miller.

      I also agree with the comments of Markofafreeman regarding the incombent friendly policy. While I may somewhat understand it, I don't have to like it.

      I will be putting up the GOA and GRNC ratings as well.

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