Republican politics rely heavily on 2A considerations
I have been on the challenger side of this event with Schmidt before, and am familiar with the strategy. It was a nutty ruse that worked. 2A supporters are very serious, yet so many don’t really have time to know everything about the candidates.I have never been identified as anything but pro 2A and far more so than most elected types.
Even Larry Inman lost the coveted NRA endorsement to me in 2016, but because his campaign manager’s family ran the print shop where the NRA printed and mailed their endorsement mailers supporting my candidacy, THAT potential threat to the incumbent was neutralized by a timely follow up with his own orange (pro gun) mailer to the exact mailing list.
Gun rights are a big (perhaps biggest) issue in GOP politics. I’ll say it however, “Wayne Schmidt is not anti gun.” But …