SPRINGFIELD, VA -- Gun Owners of America today slammed Senator Orrin Hatch for
meddling in a Pennsylvania election.
Senator Hatch this week assailed the
candidacy of pro-gun former Representative Pat Toomey, claiming that Toomey
could not get elected in Pennsylvania in a race against liberal
Republican-turned-Democrat Arlen Specter.
"Orrin Hatch seems more
interested in protecting his liberal anti-gun buddy Arlen Specter than he is in
electing a real pro-gun conservative," said Tim Macy, Vice-Chairman of Gun
Owners of America.
Hatch also predicted that the National Republican
Senatorial Committee, of which he is vice chairman, will not support
"Orrin Hatch needs step down from having anything to do with NRSC
because he clearly is not mirroring Republican principles," said Mr. Macy. The
person who can't win reelection, if he keeps on the same path, is Orrin Hatch in
his next election.
"Orrin Hatch is completely out of touch with average
voters, who believe in overwhelming numbers in the Second Amendment right to
keep and bear arms. Gun owners and sportsmen in Pennsylvania will come out in
droves against Arlen Specter."
GOA points to two recent events that spark
gun owners' ire.
First, Arlen Specter, along with Orrin Hatch, provided
the instrumental Republican support to get anti-gun Attorney General Eric Holder
confirmed by the Senate.
"Every time Eric Holder opens his mouth and
talks about banning so-called 'assault weapons,' gun owners know they have
Specter and Hatch to blame," said Mr. Macy.
Specter was also the
Republican most responsible for the massive one trillion dollar bailout, the
so-called stimulus bill.
The bailout contains language that can fund
anti-gun activist organizations like ACORN and Moveon.org to the tune of
hundreds of millions -- even billions -- of taxpayer dollars.