Thursday, February 09, 2012

NRA Political Victory Fund endorses U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt

The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund has endorsed Congresswoman Jean Schmidt in the Republican primary election on March 6.

"We urge our members, gun owners, and sportsmen in Ohio to vote for you," James J. Baker, director of federal affairs for the NRA Political Victory Fund, wrote in a Feb. 7 letter to Congresswoman Schmidt. "Based on your solid and consistent pro-gun voting record, you have earned an 'A' rating from the NRA-PVF."

Congresswoman Schmidt, a Clermont County Republican who represents Ohio's Second District, said she was honored to receive the endorsement.

"I'm one of about 4 million members of the NRA, so I'm especially pleased to receive the support of the NRA Political Victory Fund," Congresswoman Schmidt said. "I'm proud to represent the interests of gun owners. I grew up on a farm and learned to shoot a gun at an early age. I have first-hand knowledge of the issues that arise in Congress because I'm licensed to carry a concealed handgun in Ohio, and I've participated in tactical defense training."

Before becoming the first woman elected to represent Southern Ohio in the U.S. House, Congresswoman Schmidt was a lawmaker in the Ohio General Assembly. There, she fought for passage of legislation to allow Ohioans the right to carry concealed weapons.

"Thank you for your unwavering support of the Second Amendment," Baker wrote on behalf of the NRA Political Victory Fund.

Congresswoman Schmidt has also been endorsed by the Buckeye Firearms Association, a grassroots political action committee dedicated to defending and advancing the right of Ohioans to own and use firearms for all legal activities, including self-defense and hunting.