Republican congressional candidate Elise M. Stefanik announced Wednesday that she has earned the highest rating possible from the National Rifle Association fo a first time candidate. She also announced the members of a recently formed Second Amendment Coalition Group.
Ms. Stefanik received an AQ rating from the NRA — a rating based on a candidate’s responses to the NRA-Political Victory Fund Candidate Questionnaire. The rating is intended for candidates without a voting record on Second Amendment issues.
In a news release, Ms. Stefanik said she has proven that she will be a staunch defender of the Second Amendment in Congress and that she opposed the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act.
In the news release she also announced the founding members of her Second Amendment Coalition Group, who she said will work with the campaign to build grassroots support across the 21st Congressional District among gun owners and Second Amendment supporters.
“As a staunch supporter of our Constitutionally protected rights and a card carrying member of the NRA, I am proud to receive the NRA’s highest rating. I look forward to working with this dedicated coalition group to build support across the 21st District for my campaign among gun owners and other 2nd Amendment supporters,” Ms. Stefanik said in the release.
These are the names of the founding members of the coalition:
John Donahue, SCOPE Member
Sean Garvey, Warren County
Sam Grimone, Franklin County
Andrew Halloran, NRA Member, Clinton County
Dave Petteys, SCOPE Member, Lewis County
Steve Kraeger, SCOPE Member, Lewis County
Royal Kraeger, SCOPE Member, Lewis County
Bill Meyers, Pine Tree Rifle Club, Fulton County
Wayne and Marion Reed, SCOPE Members, Lewis County
Joe Russell, Hilltop Hunting, St. Lawrence County
E. Jay Stokes, NY2A, Warren County
Mary and Marvin Vann, Vann’s Gun Shop, St. Lawrence County
Dan Van Wagenen, Saratoga County
Jason Ambrosino, Jefferson County
Ms. Stefanik will debate rival Republican candidate Matthew A. Doheny at WWNY studios in Watertown. The debate will be broadcast at 7 p.m. on WWNY, public TV stations WPBS and Mountain Lake PBS and North Country Public Radio.
The two candidates are facing each other in a June 24 primary election.