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MT: Democratic candidate John Lewis’ gun rights rating not as he claims

The Second Amendment has rarely been a primary focal point in Montana’s congressional elections, with most candidates typically  having positive ratings and voting records on gun rights.  Election 2014 is different.

A campaign advertisement by John Lewis, Montana’s Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representative, claims Lewis has received an “A” for his Second Amendment stance from the National Rifle Association— its “highest rating,” as the ad explains.

While the NRA has not given an endorsement in Montana’s race for the U.S. House, the claim of the Lewis campaign invites scrutiny, given that the ‘highest rating” possible is “A+”—the rating held by Montana’s U.S. Senate candidate Steve Daines.  Lewis received an “A(q)”, which means the rating is with qualification, based on the candidate’s responses to the NRA’s candidate questionnaire.

In the race for U.S. Senate, Republican Steve Daines got the nod from the NRA.  His Democrat opponent Amanda Curtis fell just a bit short:

“Today marks the first time in NRA-PVF history that a Montana candidate for U.S. Senate has earned an “F”– a grade only given to consistent anti-gun candidates who oppose gun-owners’ rights and our constitutional freedoms.

Lewis’ challenger, Republican Ryan Zinke, received an “A-” rating by the NRA—questionable on some points according to NRA standards.  The U.S. House race in Montana presents a scenario similar to that of the Senate race in Alaska, where neither candidate is endorsed, one has an A- rating and one an A(q).

The emphasis on Zinke and the Second Amendment by the Lewis campaign shows how weak their position is, presenting the Lewis campaign as ready, willing and able to blur the truth and hope voters won’t bother with the simple research needed to verify claims.

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Michael Mattson

Michael Mattson is State Editor for Watchdog Wire - Montana. He is founder and Executive Editor of The Hellroaring Review, an online literary journal that focuses on very short ("flash") fiction, as well as The Hellroaring Report, a news aggregator focused on the Mountain West and Northern Plains. Contact Michael at Montana@WatchdogWire.com. Follow him on Twitter: @Hell_Roaring

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