Virginia Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin (R) celebrates on election night in Chantilly, Virginia. Andrew Harnik/Associated Press Glenn Youngkin did something unusual for a Republican candidate: He kept the National Rifle Association at arm’s length during his campaign for Virginia governor. Youngkin, who is a lifetime member of the NRA, declined to fill out the group’s candidate endorsement questionnaire. Advertisement The NRA, which is based in northern Virginia, responded accordingly. In July, the NRA announced that it was endorsing the Republican candidates for lieutenant governor and attorney general ― Winsome Sears and Jason Miyares ― but staying out of the gubernatorial contest. At the time of the NRA’s announcement, Youngkin’s campaign said he simply wasn’t “spending all his time filling out surveys.” Asked again by HuffPost whether Youngkin made a political consideration, campaign spokesperson Macaulay Porter provided a similar response. “Politicians love to fill out surveys, so Glenn ― who isn’t a politician ― didn’t spend all his time filling out surveys and instead spent the entire campaign meeting directly with voters, listening to their concerns, and telling them exactly what he believes,” Porter said in a statement. “As part of his Day One Game Plan, Glenn committed to protecting our constitutional rights, and he intends to keep that promise.” Advertisement But gun safety advocates don’t buy Youngkin’s explanation. They believe that Youngkin’s decision was strategic, to maximize his appeal to moderate Democrats and independents. And they argue that it indeed helped him defeat Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe. “He knew that […]
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