The NRA has gone with the hype over the reality. Of course, perhaps if the ORP were camapaigning and lobbying harder for the top of the ticket who had no primary challengers instead of shelling out the geld unprecedentedly in State Central Committee Races as well as for handpicked or armtwisted candidates, then maybe the NRA could have been convinced that Strickland is merely an opportunist. As usual, the ORP has been caught napping, or firmly ensconsced up Mike DeWine's arse, take your pick.
Kasich, who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1982 to 2001, voted in favor of the Clinton assault weapons ban in 1994 and supported bills containing restrictions on gun shows and handgun sales. That voting record led to the NRA to give Kasich an 'F' grade during his tenure in Congress.
In reaction to the endorsement, the Ohio Republican Party has begun highlighting the inconsistencies of Strickland's voting record on gun laws.
Gosh, shouldn't Kev and the boy geniuses at HQ in C-bus have been doing this for the past few months instead of besmirching Seth Morgan and doling out money in state and county central committee races to defeat people they don't like?
Not enough was done, in the eyes of the NRA to redeem Kasich's original sin of voting for the weapons ban. And, of course, then there is the ORP's shameful gubernatorial record on gun issues. Bob Taft anyone?
Of course, Kasich has tried to seek forgiveness:
Oh, and why isn't John Kasich featured on the ORP homepage? And why is it taking so long to get it changed? Yeah, because they spent all the cash keeping out those "vile" tea partiers with their high falooting notions about limited government and standing for something.
Kevin DeWine and the ORP, snatching defeat from the jaws of near certain victory. Wait, I know, Kent Moore will save us! Yeah, right...with this record? Child please!