Republican “Leaders” Looking to Replace Specter with Noted Gun Banner



Republican “Leaders” Looking to Replace Specter with Noted 
Gun Banner 

Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert 
8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151 
Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408 

Thursday, May 7, 2009 

Some Republicans still don’t understand why mainstream America is so 
upset with their Party. 

Now that Sen. Arlen Specter has defected to the Democrat Party, many 
prominent Republicans are openly recruiting liberal Republicans to run 
against Specter. 

And at the top of their list is Tom Ridge. 

Ridge is the turncoat Republican whose vote was crucial in passing the 
semi-auto ban in 1994. 

After having opposed a similar ban in 1991, then-Rep. Tom Ridge 
flip-flopped and teamed up with Charles Schumer (D-NY) to pass the 
semi-auto gun and magazine ban.  The gun ban passed narrowly, 216 to 
214, thanks to Tom Ridge. 

Later, as Governor of Pennsylvania, Ridge signed one of the most 
restrictive gun control laws in the State’s history — the infamous Act 
17 which registered and taxed long gun buyers and placed other 
restrictions on Keystone State gun owners. 

As the head of the Department of Homeland Security, Tom Ridge opposed 
arming pilots.  He asked, sarcastically, if pilots carry guns, then 
should we also arm railroad engineers and bus drivers? As DHS Director, 
Ridge should have led the charge to arm pilots and people in other 
positions that fell under the agency’s purview. 

Instead, he just repeated the same tired old anti-gun line that we hear 
every time a state passes a concealed carry handgun law. 

Guess who else opposed the armed pilots program?  Pennsylvania’s 
“Benedict” Arlen Specter, who was one of only two Republican 
Senators to 
vote against the bill. 

The last thing we need is another elitist in Congress who does not trust 
law-abiding citizens with firearms.  And yet, wishy-washy Republican 
Senators like Utah’s Orrin Hatch and South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham are 
touting Ridge over Specter.  In other words, let’s replace one turncoat 
with another. 

There is a better option.  His name is Pat Toomey, a Gun Owners of 
America “A” rated pro-gunner who served in the U.S. House of 
Representatives for three terms, before honoring a self-imposed term 
limit and retiring in 2004. 

Those who are pushing anti-gunner Tom Ridge claim that Pat Toomey is 
unelectable because he’s “too conservative” for Pennsylvania. 

But that’s what self-appointed experts said before Toomey got elected 
term after term in a largely Democrat district in the eastern part of 
Pennsylvania.  And that’s what they said before he accrued a gigantic 
lead in the polls over a sitting Senator this year, forcing Specter to 
jump parties. 

It was Pat Toomey who forced Specter to jump to the Democrat Party. 
Toomey — who was backed by Gun Owners of America Political Victory Fund 
— was leading Specter in polls by an overwhelming margin. 

That’s also what they said about Ronald Reagan — who was supposedly too 
conservative to win a national election.  (By the way, Reagan also won 

Bottom line:  We need to put these squishy politicians on alert.  Their 
internal party politics is their business.  But when party leaders start 
pushing noted gun banners — using the money contributed by millions of 
gun owners around the country — we’re not going to remain silent. 

Texas Senator John Cornyn is the head of the National Republican 
Senatorial Committee.  Michael Steele heads the Republican National 
Committee.  The decision to support an anti-gunner over a defender of 
the Second Amendment rests largely in their hands. 

ACTION:  Please urge Senator John Cornyn and Chairman Michael Steele not 
to interfere in Pennsylvania’s primary.  There is already a pro-gun, 
electable conservative running in the primary who deserves their 

You can contact NRSC’s Sen. Cornyn at or by phone at (202) 

You can contact RNC Chairman Michael Steele at or by 
phone at (202) 863-8700. 

—– Pre-written letter —– 

Dear Senator Cornyn / Chairman Steele: 

Please don’t cave in to pressure to support anti-gun candidate Tom Ridge 
over pro-gunner Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania’s Republican primary. 

When in Congress, Ridge provided crucial support to pass the Clinton 
semi-auto gun ban.  As Governor of Pennsylvania, Ridge signed one of the 
most restrictive gun laws in the State’s history.  And as head of the 
Department of Homeland Security, Ridge opposed the successful 
congressional effort to arm commercial airline pilots. 

The last thing we need is another Senator who does not trust “We the 
People” with firearms. 

Pat Toomey served three terms in the House before honoring a 
self-imposed term limit and retiring.  Rep. Toomey was “A” 
rated by Gun 
Owners of America, and stood firm on conservative principles even though 
he was supposedly “too conservative” for his district. 

I urge you not to interfere in this race on behalf of an anti-gun 


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