I live in northern Kentucky, just south of Cincinnati, so most of our local news is Ohio based and I recall when former US Senator Mike DeWine ran for Ohio Attorney General in 2010. At the time, some of the major gun rights groups in the state opposed DeWine, but one of them has now endorsed him in his bid to run for Ohio Governor.
This week, Buckeye Firearms Association announced their endorsement of DeWine for the state’s top job.
His Republican opponent, Ohio’s Lt. Governor Mary Taylor, was endorsed by another powerful state gun rights group – Ohioans for Concealed Carry. Elected to her current position in 2010, Taylor has been a strong advocate for gun rights, as has DeWine.
(Cleveland.com) – The two Republican candidates for Ohio governor are touting dueling endorsements from major gun-rights groups.
The Buckeye Firearms Association on Wednesday endorsed Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, saying he has fought for gun owners since becoming Ohio’s top law enforcement official in 2010. The group’s endorsement is notable in that it was vociferously opposed to DeWine when he first ran for the job.
“He’s done a lot more than do his job,” Buckeye Firearms Association President Jim Irvine said of DeWine. “He’s been pro-active. He’s been the best attorney general we’ve ever worked with.” …
I’ve followed both of them since they were both elected to their current position at the same time and won and I have to say that when it comes to gun rights, I believe they have both done a good job. However, I’ve seen numerous instances when DeWine took the side of the law in some cases where the law was not the popular choice by many people, but he was firm and would not back down. He’s been impressive as a state attorney general.