U.S. Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., shown above talking to Columbus resident Rebecca Elerbrook during a 2009 appearance at Columbus Community Church, has earned the support of the National Rifle Association during his race for governor this year but some political pundits speculate that the NRA is even more interested in supporting him in a bid for the presidency in 2016.
So, the National Rifle Association has endorsed a candidate in the Indiana governor’s race.
“Mike Pence is a staunch supporter of our Second Amendment rights. Voters in Indiana can trust that Mike Pence will respect their right to
self-defense and will honor their rich hunting heritage as he has throughout his years of public service. We urge all NRA members and gun owners in Indiana to vote Mike Pence for governor on Nov. 6,” Chris Cox, the chairman of the NRA Political Victory Fund, said in a news release.
There are a couple of things that are curious about this endorsement.
The first involves figuring out how the NRA picked Pence instead of his two rivals, Democrat John Gregg and Libertarian Rupert Boneham — given that all three of them seem to give private gun ownership the same sort of reverence that monks in the Middle Ages gave to prayer.
Perhaps, in making its selection, the NRA took note of the polls, saw that Pence has a double-digit lead in the race and decided to go with the likely winner. There’s nothing new about that. Jumping on a bandwagon as it nears the end of the parade is a time-honored American political tradition.