Darth Vader, aka Wayne LaPierre, Weighs in for Ken Cuccinelli

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    So, the National Republican Rifle Association has slithered out from under its slimy rock and is planning to pour $500,000 worth of ads into Virginia, talking about how lots of big guns (wielded by “good guys,” of course…like George Zimmerman perhaps? NOT!), anytime/anywhere, will make us all safe, warm, fuzzy, etc. Or something. Oh, and also to attack Terry McAuliffe – a gun owner and hunter himself, by the way – as some sort of anti-gun extremist. I mean, the Big Lie is nothing new for Wayne LaPierre and Company (see him posing with Cuccinelli Clone Mark Obenshain here), so we shouldn’t be surprised. But should we be worried about $500k of the NRA’s blood money coming into Virginia to support Crazy Cooch and oppose Terry McAuliffe? Should we be cuing up the Darth Vader/Death Star theme music?

    In short, no – at least not based on the NRA’s pathetic record in 2012. Check it out. That’s right: in 2012, the “NRA Political Victory Fund” achieved almost no victories at all, with an abysmal 0.81% success rate. How bad was that? Put it this way; it was even worse than total and complete LOSER Karl Rove’s 1.29% winning percentage (for American Crossroads). Lame. In stark contrast, Planned Parenthood Votes had a 98.58% success rate; SEIU clocked in at 84.65%; and the League of Conservation Voters at 78.17%. So go for it, NRA, please throw money at Virginia; apparently everything you touch turns to…well, certainly not gold (think more about the stuff you try to avoid while strolling through a cow pasture).

    • glennbear

      The only utterance from Terry I have seen is being in favor of background checks. With a majority of REAL voters in favor of same I think the NRA “success” record will go unbroken LOL

    • …this is interesting from the DPVA:

      McEachin Statement on Cuccinelli Agreeing to Drop Obstacles to Public Information

      Virginia Senator Donald McEachin released the following statement after a court hearing today at which Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s representatives agreed to drop several obstacles they had erected to a reasonable public records request:

      “I was heartened today by Ken Cuccinelli’s representatives’ decision, at the urging of a Richmond City Circuit Court judge, to eliminate many of the onerous obstacles they had placed between the Virginia public and records involving Cuccinelli’s conflict of interest scandal with Jonnie Williams and Star Scientific.

      “I am particularly pleased the attorney general’s office agreed to substantially reduce the exhorbitant fees they originally quoted for searching for public information that they freely gave to Mr. Cuccinelli’s campaign as part of a memo leaked to the Washington Post.

      “I also look forward to reviewing the office organizational chart they agreed to send so that I can return a list of any staff who should search their records for related information and any search criteria they will use in order to identify records that are pertinent to the request I filed several months ago. Finally, I am gratified that the Attorney General’s office agreed to notify the public of the existence of records that pertain to my request, even if they deem that those records  privileged for one reason or another.

      “Today’s hearing was a significant step toward eliminating artificial obstacles to giving public access to records involving Ken Cuccinelli’s conflict of interest with Star Scientific. It also demonstrated the importance of the Freedom of Information Act, which exists to protect Virginia taxpayers’ right to their own information, not politicians’ ability to duck transparency and accountability.”

    • Lori Haas

      The NRA spent $700,000 AGAINST then candidate Tim Kaine and we all know how effective that was.  TK destroyed the “power” (mostly myth)  of the NRA.  He nailed them completely by dismissing them as “paper tigers”, fundraising on his “F” rating and demolishing George Allen.  Let them waste $$$ in Virginia – I say Virginians are smarter than the NRA !