The NRA Political Victory Fund just went up with an ad attacking Mark Udall’s support of the Obama-Bloomberg gun control agenda. Here’s the transcript of their ad:
NARRATOR: You’ve seen their ads. You’ve heard their propaganda. Out of state gun control groups are all in for Mark Udall because he helped Obama and Bloomberg push their extreme anti-gun agenda. Udall voted for gun control so liberal billionaires throw millions at his campaign. That’s how it works. But we know better. On November 4th, we’ll defeat Mark Udall because our freedom depends on it.
When Gov. Hickenlooper signed Colorado’s gun control laws into existence, he started a backlash against Colorado Democrats. As a result of these laws, gun manufacturers left Colorado:
Erie, Colorado-based Magpul Industries founder Richard Fitzpatrick is making one thing clear: if Democrats in the state house and senate succeed in passing a high capacity magazine ban, Magpul is leaving the state and taking the $85 million it would have generate for Colorado next year with it.
Fitzpatrick’s company has been making magazines for AR-15s since 1999 and is now “one of the country’s largest producers of magazines and other firearms accessories for gun enthusiasts, law enforcement, and the military.”
He says attempts to restrict the size of magazines and add serial numbers to each one will make production costs untenable in Colorado.
It’s important to view the NRA’s ad through that perspective. Hickenlooper is fighting for his political life. It’s looking more likely each day like Udall’s political career will soon be coming to a close, too. Couple that with this being a libertarian-leaning western state with a major military presence.
That isn’t the type of place where gun control laws will be cheered by a majority of voters. That’s one reason why Udall’s in trouble. That anti-Democrat mood likely meant that he recognized he couldn’t run on his accomplishments. That’s likely why he tried running exclusively on the Democrats’ stale ‘War on Women’ theme.
That, too, got shot down, most notably by the Denver Post:
Rather than run on his record, Udall’s campaign has devoted a shocking amount of energy and money trying to convince voters that Gardner seeks to outlaw birth control despite the congressman’s call for over-the-counter sales of contraceptives. Udall is trying to frighten voters rather than inspire them with a hopeful vision. His obnoxious one-issue campaign is an insult to those he seeks to convince.
If Udall doesn’t pull a game-changing moment out of his hat, soon, he can start writing his concession speech.