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Mike Pape reacts to NRA endorsement of James Comer

Candidate to succeed KY Congressman Ed Whitfield, who has Congressman Whitfield's backing, says there was a lot of "Establishment arm-twisting" to get gun-lobby backing for Jamie Comer, who secured the endorsement of NRA, a coveted one for candidate in a Republican primary
For reference, see: Comer picks up National Rifle Association (NRA) backing

By Austin McCubbin, Mike Pape for Congress organization
Personal commentary from Austin McCubbin

HOPKINSVILLE, KY (Fri 8 Apr 2016) - The unusual move for the NRA to endorse in an open Republican primary comes as no surprise today in the race for Kentucky's First Congressional District.

Pape's opponent, James Comer, is a career politician who suddenly found himself without a job after his 2015 campaign imploded, resulting in a loss to Governor Matt Bevin. Searching for a consolation prize, the Republican establishment has been twisting arms to line up support behind Comer in Kentucky's First District Republican Primary.

"I couldn't be more disappointed by the NRA's decision," said Mike Pape, first-time candidate for public office, "but it isn't always easy to stand up to this type of establishment arm-twisting.

I however won't back down to establishment pressure. I have been the strongest candidate in this race for the 2nd Amendment, and I'm the only candidate calling for universal concealed carry legislation in the face of the threat of ISIS." "This race belongs to the people of the First District, not the establishment. The people of this district will see past this endorsement to elect a true conservative and 2nd Amendment champion, not a career politician like James Comer."

This story was posted on 2016-04-09 02:52:13
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