The one certainty is, if it looks like a substantial threat to Malloy’s reelection is emerging, the rhetoric about extremism will intensify, and billionaires opposed to guns in private hands they do not control will spare no expense at controlling the election message as well.
The head of the state’s largest gun rights group responded to attacks from the campaign to re-elect Gov. Dannel P. Malloy calling the Connecticut Citizens Defense League “a far-right gun group,” The Hartford Courant Capitol Watch blog reported Tuesday.
“I’d like to go on the record and say that we’re not,” CCDL President Scott Wilson replied. “We’re family people. We have jobs. We pay taxes. There are gay people in our organization, women in our organization, libertarians and Democrats in our organization. Our organization is open to anyone who believes in protecting Second Amendment rights.”
The group, which has not endorsed Republican challenger Tom Foley at this writing, understands he is a far cry from a perfect candidate on guns. The choice they face is to decide which of their two options available to them — allowing a committed gun-banner to re-secure political power without significant opposition, or sending a message to anti-gun politicians that there is a price for undermining rights by supporting a moderate — is preferable.