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VFW endorses Lampson over GOP rival, fellow veteran (NRA too?)
2008 Houston Chronicle ^ | 10/19/2008 | ALAN BERNSTEIN

Posted on 10/19/2008 7:40:50 AM PDT by cbkaty

The political arm of Veterans of Foreign Wars on Saturday endorsed Democratic U.S. Rep. Nick Lampson, who did not serve in the military, over Republican challenger Pete Olson, a former Navy pilot and Pentagon liaison.

Also, the National Rifle Association made its backing of Lampson official, months after signaling its support of his legislative votes for gun ownership rights.

(Excerpt) Read more at chron.com ...


TOPICS: Announcements; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: 2008endorsements; lampson; nra; peteolson; tx2008; tx22; vfw
Beyond belief.........What the?
1 posted on 10/19/2008 7:40:51 AM PDT by cbkaty
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To: cbkaty

Space nuts are more liberal than you think,


2 posted on 10/19/2008 7:42:12 AM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: cbkaty
Pete Olson for Congress!
3 posted on 10/19/2008 7:45:06 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: TexasCajun

4 posted on 10/19/2008 7:45:55 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: cbkaty

Don’t act all surprised. The VFW PAC also endorsed Che-Porter over Jeb Bradley in NH 1st District over the howling objections of both NH VFW leadership AND rank-and-file. It’s got something to do with her blatant pandering for getting a VA hospital into NH becase, as she sniffles, we’re the only state without one. Nevermind the fact that there are at least SIX within a two-hour drive of any point in New Hampshire, mind you, and that there are plenty of outpatient and treatment facilities.


5 posted on 10/19/2008 7:46:28 AM PDT by OCCASparky (Steely-Eyed Killer of the Deep)
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To: cbkaty
Lampson is a Democrat and will vote with his party 95% of the time.

The other 5% he will try to appease Conservatives in Tom Delay's old district to keep his seat.

I'm not fooled.

I have two Pete Olson signs in my yard.

Good Luck Pete.

6 posted on 10/19/2008 7:48:43 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: weegee

US District 22 Ping.


7 posted on 10/19/2008 7:49:44 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: cbkaty

NRA did the same thing in OK in Dr. Coburn’s race and caused the GOA to pick up a lot of memberships in OK.

Someone needs to check the NRA and see what party some of these people belong.


8 posted on 10/19/2008 7:49:45 AM PDT by PhiKapMom ( BOOMER SOONER -- VOTE FOR McCAIN/PALIN2008! LetsGetThisRight.com)
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To: cbkaty

Looks like the left’s infiltration of traditionally conservative groups is coming to the surface.


9 posted on 10/19/2008 7:55:43 AM PDT by clintonh8r ("My friends, we've got them just where we want them." McCain. Or Custer.)
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To: PhiKapMom

Someone needs to check the NRA and see what party some of these people belong.

I thought the NRA was not politically for either party.


10 posted on 10/19/2008 8:01:54 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: cbkaty

Not really that surprising. If Lampson has a record of voting for more funding for veterans issues such as VA Hospitals, etc., the VFW PAC will endorse him.

As for the NRA, they will endorse any incumbent with a good record on gun rights over any challenger with a good or great view on gun rights: The NRA’s point is that the incumbent is a proven commodity on their single issue and therefore is to be protected. Hell, the NRA used to endorse the “Godfather of the New Left” Senator George McGovern all the time - because he was damned near perfect on their issue. It’s what you get with single-issue groups.


11 posted on 10/19/2008 8:03:26 AM PDT by NCPAC ("Libertarianism is the heart and soul of conservatism." - Ronald Reagan)
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To: cbkaty

This raises two questions for me on the national level. Where have the Christian Coalition and the NRA been this campaign season? Have I missed them?


12 posted on 10/19/2008 8:03:36 AM PDT by MissEdie (The only difference between Obama and Osama is a little bs)
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To: cbkaty
Lampson is from Beaumont where he was known as a crook and ne'er do well!
13 posted on 10/19/2008 8:05:49 AM PDT by lonestar
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To: napscoordinator

“I thought the NRA was not politically for either party.”

You are exactly right. The NRA is, and always has been, bi-partisan. If you are an incumbent who supports their issues, you will be endorsed - no matter who the challenger is or what the challenger says.


14 posted on 10/19/2008 8:08:59 AM PDT by NCPAC ("Libertarianism is the heart and soul of conservatism." - Ronald Reagan)
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To: PhiKapMom

This is the primary reason I have been an on again, off again NRA supporter. You just have to wonder what they are thinking, not unlike the disjointed thinking of the liberal masses.

I was just about to make the plunge again back in with a two year reduced rate and a free bag, but now I’m back in the “why should I be so stupid” mode. Since 1956 the NRA has been not much more than a political disappointment to me.

If they stuck to their guns “so to speak” and kept their political mouth shut I would be a whole lot happier. Unfortunately under the circumstances I would be wondering what is going on under the radar.

GOA, JPFO, and SAF, have never once left the reservation such that it has gotten my attention in the same way NRA manages. I have to ask myself why I continue to be stunned by their consistent political behavior.


15 posted on 10/19/2008 8:09:43 AM PDT by wita
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To: cbkaty

The NRA endorsed Kanjorski (the most likely House democrat to be defeated in November) over Lou Barletta in Pennsylvania too. There policy is to support the incumbent over the challenger if both are pro-gun rights.

So much for the dem’s BS of “NRA=National Republican Association.” Yes the endorse more republicans, but that is soley because more republicans are in favor of our second amendment rights.


16 posted on 10/19/2008 8:12:13 AM PDT by Palin4President
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To: cbkaty; TexasCajun; PhiKapMom
Houston Chronicle also recently endorsed "Soros Boy" Lampson. The Soros Shadow Party is up to their old tricks again, just like they did to Tom DeLay and tried to do to Tom Coburn in his 2004 race against Brad Carson.

Lone Star Project Seeking Felony Charges Against Pete Olson

TAB

17 posted on 10/19/2008 8:13:18 AM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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To: wita

GOA is much more particular than is the NRA in its pro-gun attitude. Truth be told, the NRA is more or less the “moderate” (albeit the largest) of the pro-gun groups.

Look, I don’t even own a gun but I do believe 2nd Amendment rights are sancrosanct. As such, I usually follow the ratings and claims of the GOA more so than I do the NRA.


18 posted on 10/19/2008 8:13:43 AM PDT by NCPAC ("Libertarianism is the heart and soul of conservatism." - Ronald Reagan)
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To: NCPAC

The NRA is, and always has been, bi-partisan.

I find this to be the same philosophy as being a moderate, and Rush Limbaugh has the best definition thereof. It is so easy anyone can do it. It takes guts to take a stand.


19 posted on 10/19/2008 8:14:13 AM PDT by wita
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To: lonestar
Lampson is from Beaumont where he was known as a crook and ne'er do well!

Just being from Beaumont is enough...(GRIN)... Being a crook and a democrat is one in the same...

20 posted on 10/19/2008 8:15:00 AM PDT by cbkaty (I may not always post...but I am always here......)
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To: NCPAC

You are exactly right. The NRA is, and always has been, bi-partisan. If you are an incumbent who supports their issues, you will be endorsed - no matter who the challenger is or what the challenger says.

Sounds fair enough I guess. I am all for 2nd Amendment and if the challenger is not stronger than the current guy in the seat, I guess the NRA should endorse. I don’t know much about either candidate so I am glad that we continue a 2nd amendment guy on our side.


21 posted on 10/19/2008 8:17:15 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: PhiKapMom

The N.R.A. is not a toady of the Republican National Committee. It supports candidates when their records support N.R.A. views. While this is mostly Republicans, it is not always Republicans. Every once in a while, they find a sane democrat.


22 posted on 10/19/2008 8:18:49 AM PDT by sig226 (Obama '08 - No, You Can't.)
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To: wita

Oh, the NRA DOES take stands. However, the stands they take are not as far reaching or pleasing to conservatives as other gun-rights groups, such as the GOA.

By the way, GOA is “officially” b-partisan, too. Most, if not all, of these single issues/ratings groups are - be it NRTL, NARAL, Gun Control groups, etc. They pretty much have to be, especially when it comes to endorsements.

Over the course of an election season you will nearly always see a decidedly conservative group endorse a DEM and a decidedly liberal group endorse a GOPer. That way, the group(s) can claim they are not officially a part of the apparatus of any political party.


23 posted on 10/19/2008 8:20:55 AM PDT by NCPAC ("Libertarianism is the heart and soul of conservatism." - Ronald Reagan)
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To: cbkaty

I may have to drop my VFW membership. My post in Illinois also allows the Commiecrats to use it free of charge for political purposes. There are still a lot of WWII members who believe the democrat party is for the little guy. As these brainwashed oldtimers are dying at a rapid pace and few remember FDR these days the VFW may in fact become a more Conservative organization or die itself. Sad that a party of patriots would ever endorse a democRAT politician isn’t it?


24 posted on 10/19/2008 8:21:27 AM PDT by SPOTTEDOWL (Are frontal lobotomies prerequisite for being classified as a liberal?)
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To: cbkaty

“Just being from Beaumont is enough...”
Hey, I’m from Beaumont and I resemble that remark!


25 posted on 10/19/2008 8:28:14 AM PDT by BnBlFlag (Deo Vindice/Semper Fidelis "Ya gotta saddle up your boys; Ya gotta draw a hard line")
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To: napscoordinator
Sounds fair enough I guess. I am all for 2nd Amendment and if the challenger is not stronger than the current guy in the seat, I guess the NRA should endorse. I don’t know much about either candidate so I am glad that we continue a 2nd amendment guy on our side.

The only time an NRA endorsement or the 2nd Amendment is an issue is in the Presidency or the Senate, which is where the judges will be picked and approved.

I have my Pete Olson and McCain/Palin signs in my yard in the Meadows. There are two other Olson signs on the street, and a Lampson sign on the street behind me.

26 posted on 10/19/2008 8:34:41 AM PDT by Sans-Culotte
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To: SPOTTEDOWL

Sad that a party of patriots would ever endorse a democRAT politician isn’t it?

Sad yes, but in today’s world there is no choice. Not even pro choice. Ya gotta take a stand. It’s the Alamo of today.


27 posted on 10/19/2008 8:42:49 AM PDT by wita
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To: flattorney
“Between Nick Lampson and myself, he is the only one to have been investigated this year, for a vote switching scandal and found to have broken House rules,” Olson said. “He obviously knows what it is to be an embarrassment to the district. This is simply one more reason why voters cannot wait to rid him from our area.”
28 posted on 10/19/2008 8:50:24 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: cbkaty

And the VFW wonders why they have a hard time signing up new members. They become AARP with a flag.


29 posted on 10/19/2008 8:52:55 AM PDT by Terry Mross (O)
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To: NCPAC
The NRA is kind of the RINO’s of the 2nd Amendment.

I'm an absolutist about the 2nd. If you are not in jail,or on probation, you get your guns. No permits, no permission, no tax and no license.

The primary reason of the 2nd is not hunting or self defense against some meth head. It is to attack and overthrow the government when it becomes tyrannical.

30 posted on 10/19/2008 8:55:29 AM PDT by Leisler (Ayers, Obama at Columbia University in 1982.)
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To: Leisler

Believe it or not, considering I don’t even own a gun, I share your exact sentiments on the 2nd Amendment. I could not agree with you more.

The 2nd Amendment IS your license.


31 posted on 10/19/2008 9:05:40 AM PDT by NCPAC ("Libertarianism is the heart and soul of conservatism." - Ronald Reagan)
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To: Terry Mross
And the VFW wonders why they have a hard time signing up new members. They become AARP with a flag.

No kiddin. I'm in my 40's and I'm the youngest member of my post by at least 15-20 years.
32 posted on 10/19/2008 9:15:14 AM PDT by OCCASparky (Steely-Eyed Killer of the Deep)
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To: PhiKapMom

“Someone needs to check the NRA and see what party some of these people belong.”

You have to remember that the NRA is a single-issue organization. They go by your track-record on gun-votes, nothing else. If a Dem has an A+ rating, and the GOP opponent has an A, they’ll push for the Dem. If their positions on guns are the same, and they think the Dem is more likely to win, they’ll push for the Dem to “buy” political capital with that person to keep him/her on the straight and narrow for that issue. They don’t care about anything else. It’s a mistake, but that’s the way it is. Just like with McCain, his anti-gun past was convieniently forgotten once it looked like Hillary or Obama would be the Dem choice. They’re panicking right now. The 1st Freedom mag I get is filled with DON’T STAY HOME, DON’T VOTE FOR OBAMA, DON’T VOTE 3RD PARTY, A 3RD PARTY VOTE (OR NO VOTE AT ALL) IS A VOTE FOR OBAMA, IF OBAMA WINS THE WORLD WILL END.....etc..etc..


33 posted on 10/19/2008 10:54:17 AM PDT by neutronsgalore (ROPERS DELENDA EST!!!)
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To: Terry Mross

American Legion tends to be more conservative. VFW has been infested with the same “don’t touch my government benefits/entitlements” mentality that AARP has. Hard to believe these same folks sacrificed so much for their country so long ago.


34 posted on 10/19/2008 12:13:16 PM PDT by anymouse
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To: cbkaty

No, VFW and NRA endorse ANY incumbent who has voted with them on most of their issues. Both organizations are full of Democrats too.


35 posted on 10/20/2008 11:38:23 AM PDT by Theodore R. (Cowardice is forever!)
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To: cbkaty

Leftist infiltrators are destroying multiple institutions.
Now is the time to take names and push back.

This is an outrage.


36 posted on 10/20/2008 11:43:21 AM PDT by WOSG
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To: sig226

That’s why I don’t give any money to the NRA. They are idiots. The biggest threat to gun rights doesn’t come from congress, it comes from an unelected activist judiciary. These Rats they support, especially in the senate will vote to confirm B. Hussein’s supreme court nominations (if, God forbid he becomes president)and that will be their end around to the 2nd amendment.


37 posted on 10/20/2008 11:52:12 AM PDT by HenpeckedCon (Deport them all... Let God sort them out!)
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To: MissEdie

“Where have the Christian Coalition and the NRA been this campaign season? “

Excellent question!
What has happened to the Christian coalition?


38 posted on 10/20/2008 12:16:55 PM PDT by WOSG
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To: PhiKapMom
NRA did the same thing in OK in Dr. Coburn’s race and caused the GOA to pick up a lot of memberships in OK.

Well, that's it, I'm done with the NRA.

39 posted on 10/21/2008 12:58:04 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the Lord-(Jer.22:29))
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