Earlier this week, GOA alerted you that certain prominent Republicans were pushing former Department of Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge to run against pro-gunner Pat Toomey in a Pennsylvania primary.
GOA members flooded the Republican National Committee (RNC) office with phone calls and emails, highlighting a few of Tom Ridge's anti-gun actions:
* As a Congressman, he provided the pivotal vote to pass the Clinton semi-auto ban.
* As Governor, he signed into law the infamous Act 17, which registered and taxed long gun buyers and placed other restrictions on Keystone State gun owners.
* As the first director of DHS, Ridge opposed arming commercial airline pilots in defense of terrorism.
In contrast, former Rep. Pat Toomey stood 100% for the rights of gun owners.
GOA also sent a letter to every RNC official nationwide, assuring them that gun owners and sportsmen would not accept an anti-gun candidate like Tom Ridge.
Well, good news! Tom Ridge "decided," with the help of activism like yours, to stay out of the 2010 Pennsylvania Senate race. He withdrew his name yesterday.
That means Pat Toomey, who has been endorsed by Gun Owners of America Political Victory Fund, could face Republican-turned-Democrat Arlen Specter next November.
Specter, you may recall, provided crucial support to confirm gun-hating Attorney General Eric Holder; was one of two Republicans to vote against arming commercial airline pilots; and singlehandedly passed the so-called economic "stimulus" bill, which contained several provisions of grave concern to gun owners.