WVGOV: Tomblin Receives NRA Endorsement, Maloney Launches TV Ads (with video)

By westvirginia on August 10, 2011
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By Steven Allen Adams
steven@westvirginiawatchdog.org

With less than two months left in the 2011 special election for governor of West Virginia, one campaign is receiving a boost while another is putting its name out there.

Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin, the acting governor and Democratic nominee for governo, received the endorsement of the National Rifle Association – something he has received in every election since the formation of the NRA’s Political Victory Fund.

According to a press release from the Tomblin campaign, the NRA endorsed Tomblin for his commitment to gun rights.

“Your ‘A’ rating is a reflection of your record on Second Amendment issues during your 37-year career in elective office as well as your responses to our state candidate questionnaire,” said Daniel M. Carey, West Virginia State Liaison for NRA-ILA State and Local Affairs, in a letter. “During your tenure in office, you have consistently proven your commitment to protecting the rights of law-abiding firearm owners and sportsmen in West Virginia.”

“The National Rifle Association represents the interests of many, many West Virginia residents and sportsmen,” Tomblin said “I am proud to have voted in support of those issues over my years in the West Virginia Senate and will continue to defend the rights of gun owners as governor.”

Tomblin oversaw several gun rights bills during his tenure as a State Senator and Senate President, including the adoption of the Castle Doctrine, giving gun owners the legal right to use lethal force to defend their homes, and concealed weapon reciprocity with other states. An A rating is the highest rating a candidate can get from the NRA.

Tomblin’s Republican opponent in the special election Oct. 4, businessman Bill Maloney, is reintroducing his dog and himself to voter today through two TV commercials running statewide.

The two ads, titled “Resume” and “Job Creator,” focus on Maloney’s background as a businessman and family man. The ads also include Holly, Maloney’s dog, who was first introduced to voters through TV ads during the gubernatorial primary, where he beat former Secretary of State Betty Ireland 45 percent to 31 percent. You can watch both commercial below:


Tomblin and Maloney are running against Mountain Party’s Bob Henry Baber, American Third Position‘s Harry Bertram, and independent candidate Marla Ingels.

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