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NRA Endorses Republican Incumbents in Congressional Races

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The National Rifleman’s Association (NRA) is the largest association of gun rights advocates in the country.  The NRA’s Institute for Legislative Affairs (NRA-ILA) rates and endorses candidates for public office based on their positions on protecting Americans Second Amendment rights.

In the First Congressional District of Alabama, the NRA-ILA has given incumbent Congressman Jo Bonner (R) from Mobile an A rating and an official NRA endorsement.  According to the NRA-ILA’s election website an A rating means: “Solidly pro-gun candidate. A candidate who has supported NRA positions on key votes in elective office or a candidate with a demonstrated record of support on Second Amendment issues.”

In the Second Congressional District of Alabama, the NRA-ILA endorses incumbent Congresswoman Martha Roby (R) from Montgomery.   The NRA-ILA gave the freshman Republican an A-rating.  Her opponent, Therese Ford (D) received a ? rating from the NRA-ILA.  According to their website, a “?” means: “Refused to answer the NRA-PVF Candidate Questionnaire, often an indication of indifference, if not outright hostility, to gun owners’ and sportsmen’s rights.”

Similarly in the Third Congressional District of Alabama the NRA-ILA endorsed incumbent Congressman Mike Rogers (R) from Saks.   The NRA-ILA gave Rep. Rogers an A-rating.  His opponent, John Harris (D) from Opelike received a ? rating from the NRA-ILA.

In the Fourth Congressional District the NRA-ILA endorses incumbent Congressman Robert Aderholt (R) from Haleyville.  Rep. Aderholt received an A-rating.  His opponent, Alabama State Representative Daniel Boman (D) from Sulligent received a C-rating.  According to their website a C is: “Not necessarily a passing grade.  A candidate with a mixed record or positions on gun related issues, who may oppose some pro-gun positions or support some restrictive legislation.”

In Alabama’s Fifth Congressional District the NRA-ILA endorsed incumbent Republican Mo Brooks.  Rep. Brooks received an A-rating from the gun group.  His Democratic opponent, Charles L. Hollie received a ? rating.

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In the Sixth Congressional District of Alabama, the NRA-ILA endorsed incumbent Rep. Spencer Bachus.  Bachus received an A-rating; while his opponent, retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Penny Huggins Bailey (D) from Leeds received a ?-rating.

The NRA-ILA declined to endorse a candidate in the Seventh Congressional District.  Challenger Don Chamberlain (R) from Selma received an AQ rating from the group.  According to the NRA’s election website, an AQ rating means: “A pro-gun candidate whose rating is based solely on the candidate’s responses to the NRA-PVF Candidate Questionnaire and who does not have a voting record on Second Amendment issues.”  Incumbent Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D) from Selma received a C rating.

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Brandon Moseley is a senior reporter with over nine years at Alabama Political Reporter. During that time he has written 8,794 articles for APR. You can email him at [email protected] or follow him on Facebook. Brandon is a native of Moody, Alabama, a graduate of Auburn University, and a seventh generation Alabamian.



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