« Report: Campaign contributions influence Cuba policy | Main | Federal judge allows EPA to set pollution limits »

Marco Rubio's gun problem

Before he became House Speaker in 2006, Marco Rubio had a nice "A" rating from the NRA. But when he faces Gov. Charlie Crist in the 2010 Republican U.S. Senate primary, his rating will drop when they post grades/ratings after the spring legislative session of 2010, said NRA lobbyist Marion Hammer.

Blame the guns in the work place parking lot law that ultimately gave gun owners the right to bring their firearms to work place parking lots, provided the weapons were kept safely in vehicles. The Florida Chamber of Commerce successfully blocked the legislation one year and finally agreed to compromise language with the NRA.

Though Rubio ultimately voted for the final bill, Hammer (aka, the most feared person in the Capitol) said the speaker should have done more to help the NRA.

Geeze, dropping the guy's rating for just one issue that he ultimately voted for?

"He voted when the gun bill was brought to the vote, but we know that what goes on behind the scenes is an entirely different story," Hammer said. She said the NRA ratings -- a big deal in the Republican primary -- are based not just on how politicians vote, but on the totality of what they do or appear to do.

"We watch everything: false claims, lips service, what a member tells other people,'' said Hammer adding that, with Rubio "it's not pretty... we take our issue very seriously."

Crist has often been in the NRA's corner. Even when he didn't know he wasn't.

Case in point: Crist's recommended budget for this year. It proposed taking $8 million from a trust fund dedicated to receiving concealed-weapon permit fees to help process CWPs. The Legislature knocked Crist's recommendation down to $6 million. Then the NRA made a stink, so Crist vetoed the trust fund sweep that he ultimately had proposed.

Hammer said that won't be held against Crist because his budget was based on staff recommendations that he wasn't fully aware of when he unveiled the spending plan. Once he learned of the implications of the trust fund sweep, Crist acted accordingly.

Crist did, however, buck the NRA when he chose Justice James Perry for the Florida Supreme Court. The NRA lobbied against him. The NRA also wanted Crist to pick Jim Smith to fill out the rest of U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez's term, but Crist picked his former staff/campaign chief George LeMieux.

Comments

Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Marion is losing credibility each time she opens her mouth these days...

Marion, you are now irrelevant if you want to twist someone's actions to suit your position...

So you would prefer someone to thwart the legislative process based on your position instead of advocating an open discussion? But Crist's suggested budget wasn't really his, since we all know he doesn't know what he says or does...

Give me a break!

Grant

So it's not so much of a grade and more of how nice you were to Marion Hammer?

KilroyFSU

Wow, after reading this, Hammer has no credibility whatsoever, at least as far as this race is concerned.

That bill pitted the Chamber against the NRA, two constituencies that are important to the Republican Party. Rubio did the best he could under those circumstances. To say that Rubio is against guns is ridiculous, and Hammer knows it. Especially with her whitewashing of Crist's record, it sounds like a personal vendetta.

Steve

This is the best Crist's got against Rubio??? Conrats Senator Rubio!

Fulanito

If this is all that Governor Crist has on Rubio regarding guns, it just "backfired." I know, I know. couldn't resist the pun.

NRA Lifer

Mistaking the importance of Marion Hammer to Florida gun owners and 2nd Amendment defenders is a critical mistake. Thinking that Rubio can run as the "true conservative" with the NRA actively against him is a bigger mistake. I can see the John Kerry-esque NRA Marco Rubio poodle billboards now with the "That Dog Don't Run" logo. And the conservative Rubio will be out of the conservative dog race before it gets started.

Poodle Lover

Good point, NRA Lifer. Rubio - and his blogging punk minion children - are quickly going to find out what being in Marion Hammer's DOG HOUSE can really mean. It's a lonely place to be. For a "conservative."

Republicans against Crist!

Marion Hammer is a Democrat lobbiest that happens to be on the board of the NRA and is a Crist supporter. Marco passed that bill while Marco put pressure on Crist because Crist delayed in signing it! Also... Crist put a LIBERAL judge to the Florida supreme court who happens to be anti 2nd amendment in Justice Perry! Look it up! Watch this video and listen to What Marco has to say about this. The Miami Hearld with there spin machine one again! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kd_0tcGleQk&feature=autofb

dsn

cheap viagra ...

Define 'gun problem'.

ev089aa

But when he faces Gov. Charlie Crist in the 2010 Republican U.S. Senate primary, his rating will drop when they post grades/ratings after the spring legislative session of 2010, said NRA lobbyist Marion Hammer.

The comments to this entry are closed.