October 2018 Major Gun Reform Advocacy Groups Update

October 2018 Major Gun Reform Advocacy Groups Update

Major Gun Reform Advocacy Groups Make Candidate Endorsements – Update

The Political Dispatch issue for July-August featured a list of candidates endorsed by major gun reform advocacy groups. Below is an updated list, adding numerous other candidates. As we stated in that earlier issue, a task force briefing in April by the Legislative Director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence dashed our hopes for any meaningful legislation from this Congress, so the only real chance we have in this regard is to change the makeup of Congress. As we were told at that briefing, there is a “cultural shift” regarding the NRA and a demonstrated shift toward gun safety as a top electable issue. Giffords PAC recently revealed polling data showing that “candidates who stand for gun safety get a 7-point boost over opponents who side with the gun lobby.”

Citizens need, and frankly deserve, representatives in the House and Senate who are committed to end gun violence, and that will happen ONLY if we are knowledgeable about which candidates these are and give them the support they need. The following is a full list of federal candidates now endorsed by leading gun reform advocacy groups:

U.S. House Seats:

Rep. Ami Bera (CA-7). Democratic incumbent being challenged by Republican Andrew Grant.

Ammar Campa-Najjar (CA-50). Challenging Republican incumbent Rep. Duncan Hunter, recently indicted.

Rep. Salud Carbajal (CA-24). Democratic incumbent being challenged by Republican Justin Fareed.

Leslie Cockburn – (VA-5). Challenging Republican Denver Riggleman for open seat vacated by Republican Thomas Garrett.

Linda Coleman (NC-2). Challenging Republican incumbent Rep George Holding.

Angie Craig (MN-2). Challenging Republican incumbent Rep Jason Lewis.

Lizzie Pannill Fletcher (TX-7). Challenging Republican incumbent Rep. John Culberson.

Katie Hill (CA-25). Challenging Republican incumbent Rep. Steve Knight.

Chrissy Houlahan (PA-6). Challenging Republican Greg McCauley in newly-redrawn congressional district.

Gina Ortiz Jones (TX-23). Challenging Republican incumbent Rep. Will Hurd.

Joseph Kopser (TX-21). Challenging Republican candidate Chip Roy for open seat vacated by retirement of Republican Rep. Lamar Smith.

Mike Levin (CA-49). Challenging Republican Diane Harkey for open seat vacated by retirement of Republican Rep. Darrell Issa.

Elaine Luria (VA-2). Challenging Republican incumbent Rep. Scott Taylor.

Lucy McBath (GA-6). Challenging Republican incumbent Rep Karen Handel.

Rep. Stephanie Murphy (Fl-7). Democratic incumbent being challenged by Republican Mike Miller.

Katie Porter (CA-45). Challenging Repubican incumbent Rep. Mimi Walters.

Betsy Rader (OH-14). Challenging Republican incumbent Rep. David Joyce.

George Scott (PA-10). Challenging Republican incumbent Rep. Scott Perry in newly-redrawn congressional district.

Abigail Spanberger (VA-7). Challenging Republican incumbent Rep. Dave Brat.

Jennifer Wexton (VA-10). Challenging Republican incumbent Rep. Barbara Comstock.

U.S. Senate:

Sen. Tim Kaine (VA). Challenged by Republican Corey Stewart.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (MN). Challenged by Republican Jim Newberger.

Sen. Chris Murphy (CT). Challenged by Republican Matthew Corey.

Sen. Bill Nelson (FL). Challenged by Republican Gov. Rick Scott.

Beto O’Rourke (TX). Challenging Republican incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz.

 

Brady Campaign:

U.S. House:

Rep. Brendan Boyle (PA-2). Democratic incumbent being challenged by Republican David Torres in newly-redrawn district.

Gil Cisneros (CA-39). Challenging Republican candidate Young Kim in open seat vacated by Republican Rep. Ed Royce.

Jason Crow (CO-6). Challenging Republican incumbent Rep. Mike Coffman Madeleine Dean (PA-4). Challenging Republican Dan David in newly-redrawn district.

Antonio Delgado (NY-19). Challenging Republican incumbent Rep. John Faso.

Mary Barzee Flores (FL-25). Challenging Republican incumbent Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart.

Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-7). No challenger.

Josh Harder (CA-10). Challenging Republican incumbent Rep. Jeff Denham.

Katie Hill (CA-25). Challenging Republican incumbent Steve Knight.

Chrissy Houlahan (PA-6). Challenging Republican Greg McCauley in newly-redrawn district.

Andy Kim (NJ-3). Challenging Republican incumbent Rep. Tom MacArthur.

Joseph Kopser (TX-21). Challenging Republican candidate Chip Roy for open seat vacated by retirement of Republican Rep. Lamar Smith.

Susie Lee (NV-3). Challenging Republican Danny Tarkanian in open seat vacated by Dem. Rep. Jacky Rosen, who is running for US Senate.

Mike Levin (CA-49). Challenging Republican Diane Harkey for open seat vacated by retirement of Republican Rep. Darrell Issa.

Rep. Alan Lowenthal (CA-47). Challenged by Republican John Briscoe.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-12). Challenged by Republican Eliot Rabin.

Nate McMurray (NY-27). Challenging Republican incumbent Rep Chris Collins, also indicted.

Joe Morrell (NY-25). Challenging Republican James Maxwell to fill vacant seat caused by the death of Rep. Louise Slaughter.

Jessica Morse (CA-4). Challenging Republican incumbent Rep. Tom McClintock.

Rep. Stephanie Murphy (FL-7). Democratic incumbent being challenged by Republican Mike Miller.

Rep. Bill Pascrell (NJ-9). Challenged by Republican Eric Fisher and Libertarian Claudio Belusic.

Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52). Challenged by Republican Omar Qudrat.

Katie Porter (CA-45). Challenging Republican incumbent Rep. Mimi Walters.

Harley Rouda (CA-48). Challenging Republican incumbent Rep. Dana Rohrabacher.

Mary Gay Scanlon (PA-5). Challenging Republican Pearl Kim.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23). Challenged by Republican Joe Kaufman David Shapiro (FL-16). Challenging Republican incumbent Rep. Vern Buchanan.

Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11). Challenging Republican Jay Webber in open seat vacated by retiring Republican Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen.

Jennifer Wexton (VA-10). Challenging Republican incumbent Rep. Barbara Comstock.

U.S. Senate:

Sen. Bob Casey (PA). Challenged by Republican Lou Barietta and Green and Libertarian Party candidates.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (CA). Challenged by Democrat State Sen. Kevin de Leon, who won second spot in primary.

Sen. Mazie Hirono (HI). Challenged by Republican Ron Curtis.

Sen. Tim Kaine (VA). Challenged by Republican Corey Stewart.

Sen. Robert Menendez (NJ). Challenged by Republican Bob Hugin.

Rep. Beto O’Rourke (TX). Challenging Republican incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz.

Rep. Jacky Rosen (NV). Challenging Republican incumbent Sen. Dean Heller.

Giffords PAC:

Gabby Gifford’s 501c(4) and the Giffords PAC have endorsed 34 candidates, many of the same candidates as the CSGV and the Brady Campaign (Feinstein, Houlahan, Sherrill, Lee, Cisneros, Craig, Rosen, and Brown). To see all endorsements in a tidy package click HERE.

 

(Quote from the Brady Campaign)

“The intensity of pro-gun violence voters has never been stronger. If you stand with the overwhelming majority of voters for common-sense gun reform, you will be rewarded at the ballot box. If you stand with the NRA and the gun lobby, you will be looking for a new job.”

–Shelly Livingston, Acting Chair, Task Force to Prevent Gun Violence