When Republican Mike Garcia, a first-generation citizen who graduated from Annapolis, served as a decorated Navy combat pilot and entered politics only after also working in private industry, captured a Democrat-held congressional seat in California this week, a major gun rights group called it a “warning to the gun prohibition lobby that their big bucks spending effort to fill Congress with anti-gunners is in trouble.”
Garcia will fill the unexpired term of disgraced former Democrat Congresswoman Katie Hill, who resigned from Congress last October over what One America News called a “sex scandal.”
According to CNN political analyst Chris Cillizza, called it good news for the GOP, which needed some. But maybe not so much as Democrats do, especially at the gubernatorial level. Democrat governors are in trouble in several states for repeatedly extending “stay-at-home” orders. Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers got slammed Wednesday by the state Supreme Court, which ruled 4-3 to nullify his extended order, immediately allowing businesses to reopen. They did with gusto as taverns opened the door to thirsty customers who, if they’re lucky, will be going back to work to pay for more suds.
But the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, put another perspective on the Garcia victory, and it is one Democrats might be wise to heed.
“There is a message in Mike Garcia’s victory,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. “You can be a conservative, pro-Second Amendment candidate and win in California, a state dominated politically by anti-gun Democrats, in the legislature and governor’s office in Sacramento, and within the delegation to Capitol Hill.
“Smith’s campaign was supported by the gun control lobby,” he continued, “but dollars don’t vote, people do. And people are getting tired of far-left politics that trample on fundamental rights, especially the Second Amendment.”
Garcia was endorsed by President Donald Trump. He creamed Democrat Christy Smith with a 12-point lead.
He told reporters, “I don’t want my country to turn into what my state has become.” Among other things, California is notorious for extremist gun control laws.
“Garcia won on a campaign promoting American values, including the Second Amendment,” Gottlieb said. “Those ideals seem foreign to the gun ban bunch, which thinks the constitution is for sale to people with the most money. Garcia’s victory proves otherwise, and it’s a warning that gun control is not the winning proposition far-left Democrats think it is.”
Gottlieb also suggested the Republican win—the first time in more than 20 years a Republican has captured a California congressional seat held by Democrat—as a bad omen for Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. He warned that “her party’s gun grabbing agenda could cost them the House this fall.”
“She couldn’t even protect a Democrat seat in her own state,” Gottlieb observed, “which should raise alarms with vulnerable Democrats in other districts all over the country.
“And Joe Biden should also be worried,” the gun rights advocate added, “because his anti-gun-rights agenda is not going to play well in the critical battleground states, where voters are tired of being attacked by politicians like Biden who want to take away their rights.”
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