After Huge Dem Wins in Virginia the Question Begs: Who’s Afraid of the NRA?
Think about it. Ralph Northan has an F rating with the NRA and won by 9 points.
A study in contrasts:
The @NRA is spending $1 million on Ed Gillespie's behalf.
Meanwhile, Ralph is proud of his F-rating. #VAGovDebate
— Ralph Northam (@RalphNortham) October 9, 2017
Meanwhile, there’s the amazing and inspiring campaign of Chris Hurst, a reporter whose wife was lost to gun violence.
“A first-time politician who lost his girlfriend to gun violence has defeated the National Rifle Association-backed incumbent in a state house race in Virginia. Chris Hurst, a former television journalist, ran on a platform that included gun violence prevention.”
“Hurst’s victory, just two days after a mass shooting at a Texas church left 26 people dead, was hailed by gun control advocates as proof that it is possible to make progress on America’s gun violence crisis at the local level. Despite a series of increasingly frequent, deadly mass shootings, congressional Republicans and President Donald Trump continue to block any attempt at gun law reform in Washington.”
“Hurst’s girlfriend, 24-year-old journalist Alison Parker, was shot deadon live television during a routine morning broadcast in 2015, along with WDBJ7 cameraman Adam Ward. Parker had been quietly dating Hurst, another reporter at the station, and they had just moved in together. A reported 40,000 people watched the shooting live.”
“A year after Parker’s death, Hurst was sent to cover a very similar workplace shooting, this one at a Roanoke rail car manufacturing company. Hurst covered the news, but he was shaken by the similarities between the two shootings, and said he decided to leave his job as a television journalist that day.”
“I would not be who I am right now if the person I love was not killed with a gun,” he told the Guardian in February, the month he announced that he was running for state office in Virginia’s house of delegates.
So not only does he win but he defeats an NRA backed incumbent just as Northam has an F and beat the Gillepsie who received over a million dollars from the NRA.
For years there’s been this notion that somehow the NRA is ALL POWERFUL and unbeatable. That any attempt to take them on necessarily ends in failure and defeat. But Virginia proved otherwise.
One very weak take was that Hillary Clinton hurt herself by talking too much about gun control.
So strong gun control candidates defeat NRA backed candidates. And then there’s this:
One year after Trump's victory, Virginia elected:
First transgender delegate in the country
First out-lesbian delegate in the state
First Asian American woman delegate in the state
First two Latina delegates in the state
First Democratic Socialist candidate in the state https://t.co/htEsfm1cX5
— Ned Oliver (@nedoliver) November 8, 2017
Nor were the firsts only in Virginia:
Democrat Vi Lyles has been elected Mayor of Charlotte — first black female mayor in city’s history. https://t.co/4oG2xlYkch
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) November 8, 2017
America still has a pulse.
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