NRA endorses Toomey for Senate
February 15. 2013 5:15PM
CLARKS SUMMIT – During an appearance at the Ramada Clarks Summit Hotel, 820 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit, accepted the endorsement of the National Rifle Association’s political action committee on Tuesday, Sept. 28.
Toomey, a Republican, is facing Democrat Joe Sestak in a race for Arlen Specter’s seat in the U.S. Senate in the November 2 general election.
“There’s a strong bipartisan tradition of support for gun ownership rights in Pennsylvania that I’m proud to be associated with,” Toomey said in a prepared release Tuesday. I am a defender of all our Constitutional rights, including the Second Amendment.
“I believe we must make sure we severely punish criminal activity conducted with guns—that’s why I received the endorsement of the Fraternal Order of Police—but we must not waver in our defense of the rights of law-abiding citizens to self-protection and to recreational use of firearms," he continued.
Andrew Arulanandam, director of public affairs for the NRA, said in a phone interview Wednesday that Toomey’s endorsement from the group’s Political Victory Fund comes from his constant support of the Second Amendment and hunters’ rights.
“That’s a good reflection of Pennsylvania values,” Arulanandam said. “They (Pennsylvanians) understand that if we’re going to reduce crime, the full burden of the law has to fall on criminals. It’s common sense in Pennsylvania and across the country that the focus needs to be on criminals and not law-abiding hunters.”
A Quinnipiac University poll released September 22 shows Toomey with a 50-43 percent lead over Sestak. The poll surveyed 684 likely voters in the commonwealth from September 15 to 19.
UPDATE 1:49 P.M.
A poll conducted by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review released Wednesday showed Toomey leading Sestak, 45 to 42 prcent, with a 3.5 percent margin of error.