NRA gives Chip Rogers a ‘B,’ hands Brandon Beach an ‘A’

The National Rifle Association is out with their endorsements in contested Georgia state legislative races this afternoon. Click here for the entire list.

The big surprise: In the District 21 race for state Senate, the NRA has given a higher grade to GOP challenger Brandon Beach of Alpharetta than to Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers of Woodstock.

Rogers was awarded a “B.” Beach was given an “AQ” – that is, an A based on his answers to a questionnaire rather than his votes on legislation.

You’ll recall that last March, the NRA accused Rogers and Senate President pro tem Tommie Williams of working behind the scenes to kill an effort by the gun rights organization to pass legislation that would allow employees to keep firearms in locked vehicles parked on company lots.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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46 comments Add your comment

joe

July 10th, 2012
3:20 pm

It’s good to see the braves pitcher having a productive rehab…

td

July 10th, 2012
3:20 pm

I think Chip needs to work a little harder to get in line with the NRA.

Max Jackson

July 10th, 2012
3:21 pm

Is that a “B” for “betting”? or “bookie”?

Mr. KnowitAll

July 10th, 2012
3:47 pm

ooooo….there was a rumor that somebody was talking to somebody behind closed doors about something we don’t like……ooooooo!

Centrist

July 10th, 2012
4:55 pm

The repeated AJC endorsements of Beach over Rogers will have little effect, and maybe in the opposite direction.

BIg Hat

July 10th, 2012
5:15 pm

2nd Amendment today, 2nd Amendment tomorrow, 2nd Amendment forever!

DJ Sniper

July 10th, 2012
5:24 pm

I have no issue with guns, but can somebody please tell me how the NRA has so much sway over Repub politicians?

hiram

July 10th, 2012
5:26 pm

Centrist
July 10th, 2012
4:55 pm
“The repeated AJC endorsements of Beach over Rogers will have little effect, and maybe in the opposite direction.”

Centrist, You just described the impact that you and td have on the people who read this blog – “they have little effect, and maybe in the opposite direction.”

Reality Check

July 10th, 2012
5:35 pm

This smells very fishy. Chip Rogers is probably the biggest pro 2nd amendment legislator under the gold dome.

I believe this has more to do with the lobbyist from the NRA who is Raymon White. He is also the lobbyist for the Metro Chamber and is known to be one of the sleaziest guys at the Capitol. He is also pretty close with Brandon Beach.

I am ashamed to be a member of the NRA after they let their lobbyist pick this race instead of basing the decision on concrete facts.

Georgia Carry please step up to the plate and start working the pro 2nd amendment legislation. I don’t live in SD 21 but I hope people don’t buy into a chamber guy in Beach would get an A rating from the NRA. What a joke.

Reality Check

July 10th, 2012
5:37 pm

td – If you knew Raymon White you would know it’s not Chip that needs the work on pro-gun legislation.

Kris

July 10th, 2012
5:45 pm

Lets see.

An A will get you xxx numbers of $$$ to vote their way.

An B will get ya xx numbers for to vote their way .

Why does the NRA like the crooked Repulsive ….there Cheep to buy

While not on topic…Natie DEAL is a crook….just saying..

zipp-a-de-do-da
zipp-a-de-ah.
my oh my what a wonderful day.

hiram

July 10th, 2012
5:57 pm

For what it is worth, they have totally disabled the state’s ethics site, not that it matters anyway. The rats are in the belfry…

Kris

July 10th, 2012
6:02 pm

@ hiram

What ethics….This is GA. as for the other GA websites there make to be confusing….they think we do know that…

Stupid GOP.

zipp-a-de-do-da
zipp-a-de-ah.
my oh my what a wonderful day.

Going down to GA to buy me politician.

Buckhead

July 10th, 2012
6:09 pm

Chip lied to the NRA multiple times, attempted to water down pro-2nd amendment bills. If I remember correctly Beach was endorsed by the NRA in 2010.

Ed Advocate

July 10th, 2012
6:15 pm

@ Reality Check–It’s pretty sleazy that you’re disparaging Raymon White. Particularly cowardly because you’re not using your real name. If you’re pulling for Rogers, paid by Rogers, or are Rogers, surely you can discuss Rogers’ voting record without throwing private citizens under the bus.

sheepdawg

July 10th, 2012
6:26 pm

only sensible thing the nra has done in the past 30 years……….

Bob Loblaw

July 10th, 2012
7:48 pm

+1 to Ed Advocate. Raymon White isn’t the issue. Its Chip Rogers continual failure to lead on 2nd Amendment issues.

Keith

July 10th, 2012
7:51 pm

Jim you are misleading with this one. Brandon Beach did not receive an “A” – he got an AQ which means he answered a survey with the “correct” answers.

Double Zero Eight

July 10th, 2012
7:52 pm

@ Max Jackson
The “B” stands for “bought” by the
NRA lobbyist.

GaBlue

July 10th, 2012
9:27 pm

Sad how so many people think that if they send money to the lying dooshhnozzle Wayne LaPierre, and carry an NRA membership card in their wallet, that somehow they’re more free. ???? Nope, you’re not more free, and unless you manufacture and sell guns in this country, you’re not more represented. Every bit of the “BE AFRAID” propaganda they’re selling you (for that membership fee), is a lie. Silly little telemarketers call me up now & again, trying to tell me that the Democrats want to take away my guns.

“Jimminy H. Crickets, really? HAHAHA! Cuz I’ve been a Democrat all my life and the ONLY people who’ve ever said such a thing to me are the NRA members. Furthermore, if you don’t think Democrats are gun owners too, then come over here and wake my dog up at three in the morning, and see how right you are. Bless your heart!”

Suckers.

Kris

July 10th, 2012
9:52 pm

I don’t need any stinking NRA and their dirty dollars, along with that idiot in the tarnished gold dome…I have weapons and as long as there are criminals and dark street corners there will always be weapons. As for home security MR. Smith guards 3 nights a week and Mr Wesson the next 3 nights you figure out which night they are off.

Stupid GOP.

zipp-a-de-do-da
zipp-a-de-ah.
my oh my what a wonderful day.

Going down to GA to VOTE NO lost tax

Vote NO

Re-elect OBAMA 2012

yuzeyurbrane

July 10th, 2012
10:22 pm

Stage 2 of the Revolution. They eat their own.

Laurie

July 10th, 2012
10:24 pm

Rogers needs to go. Wish we had a better candidate to replace him. Do the Dems have anyone in this race for November?

Anyone But Chip

July 10th, 2012
10:31 pm

Agreed Laurie.

alex

July 10th, 2012
10:44 pm

Chip Rogers is a slime ball. But, I have to give it to the boy….he stuck it in deep with his road building developers and lobbyists. No way will these BIGGER slime balls let the transportation tax go away in ten years! Vote NO!

Kris

July 10th, 2012
10:46 pm

Wonder what would happen if they gave beach and chip the standardized test they give our high school Kids. Any guess as to what the score would be.

XXXX=$$$$
XXX=$$$
xx=$$

Hech a low score you could be gov of GA.

td

July 10th, 2012
11:07 pm

Can we say double standard? Photo id is required to protect the AG but it should not be required to take the most sacred action we do as a citizen. Can we say hypocrite?

“Earlier today, Attorney General Eric Holder addressed the NAACP Nation Convention at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. What did media need in order to attend? That’s right, government issued photo identification (and a second form of identification too!), something both Holder and the NAACP stand firmly against when it comes to voting. Holder’s DOJ is currently suing Texas for “discriminatory” voter ID laws. From the press release:”

http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2012/07/10/naacp_requires_photo_id_to_see_holder_speak

Kris

July 10th, 2012
11:32 pm

IS the stupid GOP of Ga making it unnecessarily hard on the Citizens to get a DL…or is this all federal?
Vote NO!

MikeInWoodstock

July 10th, 2012
11:41 pm

I always like to scare the NRA folks when they call by telling them that when the government comes to take our guns away, the first thing they are going to do is confiscate their membership database and start with their members.

Kris

July 11th, 2012
12:03 am

Allowing hunters to use Silencers. Another Bill inspired by lobbyist . The NRA! Go figure. Wonder what it cost the NRA?

Chip=$$$$$
Beach=$$$$$

I say ARM BAMBY!

S

July 11th, 2012
1:15 am

Makes no matter once these wealthy Republicans, Corporations, multi billionaires take over the this country, who of you thinks these very wealthy people will allow the peons to keep their guns? Hitler- first he came for my guns, then he came for my possessions, then he came for me.

Attack Dog

July 11th, 2012
5:19 am

What does having an approved photo ID have to do the the second amendment? Oh, I know. If you are over 18, been in college and/or can’t find a job never drove a car, never been abroad, do not own a house or rent, and have no bills, or in some cases simply retired. You can own a gun, but you can’t vote.

seabeau

July 11th, 2012
5:40 am

Every human being has the right of self defense!!

C

July 11th, 2012
5:43 am

@GaBlue

The sad thing is that you actually believe there’s a difference between the two! HAHAHAHAHAAA!!!

Todd

July 11th, 2012
6:40 am

Chip is one of the most fickle politicians we have. Turn him out.

hiram

July 11th, 2012
7:10 am

S
July 11th, 2012
1:15 am

“Makes no matter once these wealthy Republicans, Corporations, multi billionaires take over the this country, who of you thinks these very wealthy people will allow the peons to keep their guns?”

As the “wealthy Republicans, Corporations,multi billionaires” take over the country, the peons are jumping up and down, shaking their pom poms, and cheering them on. Ignorance is bliss…

Eustis

July 11th, 2012
8:17 am

GaBlue

Couldn’t be said any better.

The NRA reminds me of the KKK/White Citizens Council relying on fear.

Chuck Doberman

July 11th, 2012
8:44 am

“have no issue with guns, but can somebody please tell me how the NRA has so much sway over Repub politicians?”

Because the “they’re comin’ to git yer guns next!” dog whistle is one of Republicans’ most favored and consistently effective scare tactics, and let’s face it – nearly every talking point, platform or policy the GOP embraces is based on fear and/or ignorance. I say this with sadness as I was a republican for 20 yrs and can only look upon today’s GOP with dismay.

Hiram is correct in his line of thought. While far-right leaning people are embracing and advocating their own segregation (as well as the rest of us) with their staunch and unquestioning support of the “new GOP” (which seems to be striving for a return to the 19th century), it’s gonna get ugly when these “personal freedom, personal responsibility, less gov’t” (lmao – selling themselves as such has proven to be one of the biggest, most deceptive and most successful sales campaigns… ever) politicians decide that they’ve concentrated enough power amongst themselves and the populace has become ignorant enough that they can flip on the issue and takes them guns from them lower-class folk for their own safety. It’s coming… it’s the natural progression and result of the effort to steer all power and wealth to a very few people. The republican’s efforts to do so over the past 30 years has been mighty, and it has been successful. The fact that they still feel the need to pander to their base (abortion, 2nd amendment, gay people, etc) means that they’re not comfortable enough yet to shine their true colors, but look around. We Americans as a whole are regressing ideologically, mentally and emotionally. Critical thought is poorly looked upon in many circles here. We are dropping quickly on a worldwide education scale and pushing ever harder to accelerate that. We deny fact and advocate fiction. They are close to winning this war and many of the wars’ soon-to-be-victims are helping them.
The ugly part is going to be when the powerful are comfortable enough to cast off any attempt at appeasing the unwashed masses. Those in power will HAVE to disarm us at that point for their own preservation, cuz history shows clearly what will happen to them if they don’t.

Sound crazy? It’s not. It ain’t the liberals we gun owners need to worry about – they’re so damn fractured and divided they can’t get anything done, and they ain’t the ones waging a war for the aristocracy. Laugh now but this is inevitable… and justification for me to go shoot several times a week. “Practice makes perfect”, and I want to be effective when the battle comes

td

July 11th, 2012
8:47 am

hiram

July 11th, 2012
7:10 am

Please tell us a time in the history of this country that the “wealthy Republicans, Corporations,multi billionaires” did not run this country? Did you know all of our founding fathers were the top 1%?

td

July 11th, 2012
8:49 am

hiram

July 11th, 2012
7:10 am

BTW do you think the people running the Democratic party are any less rich then the people running the Republican party?

Centrist

July 11th, 2012
9:37 am

@ C posted early this morning “The sad thing is that you actually believe there’s a difference between the two! HAHAHAHAHAAA!!!”

Big differences. I went to the Chip Rogers – Brandon Beach debate moderated by Galloway and Handel last night. Rogers was far and away the better speaker and better debater answering the questions directly and completely. Handel prefaced her question about the past Rogers – Graves real estate venture with figures Rogers dismissed as totally inaccurate and explained why. He then repeated what everyone who has followed this knows well – it was settled out of court. Few Republican voters will be swayed either way on that issue which liberals have tried to make an issue. Galloway stayed on the liberal line attack on several questions with unnecessary follow-ups, but that was to be expected by an AJC operative. The biggest differences between Rogers and Beach are T-SPLOST (Beach supports) and Charter schools (Rogers supports). Beach badly stumbled on his missed GRTA or GDOT board vote that would have ended the GA 400 toll collections – he could have phoned his vote, but said he was in a different time zone. Beach also stumbled on a Handel question about why Fulton and Dekalb are the only Counties paying the 1% MARTA tax – he indicated all metro Counties should pay 1/4% because other County riders sometimes use MARTA. Rogers said that the tax should stop and fares raised to reflect the cost instead of any taxpayers subsidizing an expensive/underused transit system that shouldn’t be run by Atlanta cronies.

WOW

July 11th, 2012
9:42 am

TD:

You are correct that they were members of the 1% however, they were concerned about it. In fact many of them didn’t like it. See Jefferson and his concern of the tyranny of the majority?

Marlboro Man

July 11th, 2012
10:11 am

Rodgers is a crook. NRA should worry about rifles and leave handguns to the scared people.

yellowdog

July 11th, 2012
10:39 am

sad day when the nra endorsement means in or out……or does it? who cares? no surprise that our women legislators are all fleeing the gold dome; all white males pushing gun legislation, taking away women’s rights, etc. no one outside the building knows whats going on in there…….citizens are co-opted and personal agendas given high priority…..and we elected these bozos?

Shilka-Gunluvr

July 11th, 2012
10:49 am

The right to keep and bear arms is absolute and shall not be infringed. Rogers has not been the most committed pro-gun legislator lately under the dome but he’s come through for gun owners when we needed him. The “Stand your ground”and Castle Doctrine laws were passed with his leadership. Both excellent laws empowering average citizens to protect themselves against violent criminals.

Patrick Thompson

July 11th, 2012
2:22 pm

The NRA should have nothing to do with politics and shouldn’t be given attention like this. They are a lobbying group for gun and ammunition sales and profit. Mis-using the Constitution and wrapping themselves in the flag while doing so.