14 January 2009

Rob Portman Gunning For Voinovich Senate Seat

In Ohio, we have two anti-gun senators. One is democrat Sen. Sherrod Brown, who took office a year ago. The other is pretty wishy-washy on the basic human right of self defense. Sen. George Voinovich, who hasn't really distinguished himself in the U.S. Senate, but has voted for background checks at guns shows. While he was Ohio's governor he made it clear he would NEVER sign a bill reversing the 100-plus year antiquated ban on concealed carry. To the good, while in the Senate, he did vote against providing U.S. aid to U.N. agencies that promote gun control, and he did vote against bills that would firearms manufacturers responsible for the criminal acts of criminals.

A few days ago, Voinovich announced he will not run for re=election in 2010. Stepping up and gunning for the seat from the GOP is Rob Portman, a very pro gun candidate, based on his voting history. He is rated an "A" by the National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA). Further, while a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Mr. Portman has voted: Yes on prohibiting nuisance lawsuits against firearms manufacturers; and Yes on reducing the number of waiting period days from three to one (back in the days when there were federal waiting periods on firearms purchases).

I think Mr. Portman would be an excellent choice for the U.S. Senate, representing the interests of Ohioans.

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