Monday, October 3, 2011

NRA gives Sen. Ralph Smith A+ rating with endorsement

Sen. Ralph Smith at Rep. Goodlatte Balanced Budget Press Conference

ROANOKE, VA– The National Rifle Association has awarded Senator Ralph Smith (R-Roanoke County) their highest rating and endorsed his re-election in the 19th Senate District race.

The “A+” rating and endorsement were made through the National Rifle Association’s Political Victory Fund. Only three of the forty incumbent Virginia State Senators received an “A+” rating. The NRA says an A+ is awarded to “a legislator with not only an excellent voting record on all critical NRA issues, but who has also made a vigorous effort to promote and defend the Second Amendment.”

“Senator Smith is a reliable leader in the efforts to advance and preserve Virginians’ Second Amendment rights. Southwest Virginia sportsmen, hunters, and gun owners have an effective leader advocating for them in Senator Smith,” said NRA Virginia State Liaison Andrew Jennison.

“It is an honor to receive the A+ recognition. People in Southwest Virginia expect their legislators to protect their Second Amendment rights and I’ve worked hard to do that,” said Smith.

The Republican has been the patron of pro-Second Amendment legislation that has passed the Democratic-controlled Senate and resulted in reforms in each of the last three years.

Last week, Smith was endorsed by the National Federation of Independent Businesses because of his pro-jobs record on taxes and regulations. The NFIB endorsement called Smith, “the clear choice for voters in Senate District 19 who are concerned about job creation.”

The redrawn 19th Senate District includes all of Salem and Floyd County and parts of Bedford County, Carroll County, Franklin County, Roanoke County, and Wythe County.

Posted By Valerie Garner

Categories: Election 2011, Elections, Politics, State Politics

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