National Rifle Association Has a History of Playing Politics in Ohio
Remember how they endorsed anti-gun Jim Petro over Joe Deters when running for Treasurer?
Here is Joe Hallett’s article from March 21, 2002:
Gun law no issue in attorney general race
A volatile bill moving through the Ohio House that would allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed weapons apparently will be a non-issue in this year’s race for attorney general. The two men vying to become Ohio’s chief law-enforcement officer both support, at least in concept, the right to carry hidden guns.
“I support the concept of law-abiding citizens carrying concealed weapons as long as it’s done in a safe environment and we have the necessary protections,” said State Sen. Leigh E. Herington, a Ravenna Democrat.
State Auditor Jim Petro, the Republican candidate for attorney general, said 44 other states have enacted varying forms of concealed-weapons laws and “They really haven’t created a public danger.”
He added, “Based upon history around the country, I don’t know that it puts law enforcement in any kind of danger.”
But most law-enforcement groups in Ohio oppose the bill, because they fear more guns on the streets could put peace officers at greater risk.
Petro already has been endorsed by the National Rifle Association. Petro denied that the endorsement was swung by House Speaker Larry Householder, his campaign chairman, in exchange for a Householder pledge to the NRA that the concealed-weapons bill would be brought to the House floor for a vote.
Rumors of such a deal were floated months ago by supporters of State Treasurer Joseph T. Deters, who dropped his GOP attorney-general challenge against Petro in December.
“There is no doubt that Larry Householder’s help encouraged (the NRA) to endorse me, but I have been assured there was no deal,” Petro said.
And Jim Petro, as a former state legislator, was a typical Cuyahoga County liberal Republican: opposed assault riffles, supported increased restrictions on gun ownership, supported a Federal gun registry, opposed Teflon bullets, et cetera.
Not only were the rumors mentioned in the story above true, but concealed carry would NOT have been passed into law by the end of the Taft-administration if it wasn’t for corrupt Speaker Larry Householder.
Also, during the primary of 2006 between Petro and Blackwell, the NRA treated Ken Blackwell- who is now on their board of directors- much in the same fashion, at the request of Householder.
And now, in 2010, Ted Strickland, who is a worse shot than reporter Laura Bischoff, knew exactly what strings to pull with the NRA.