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Gun-control group gives Hoeffel top grade among guv hopefuls

Gun-control group gives Hoeffel top grade among guv hopefuls

A prominent organization that advocates for tighter gun regulations has examined the candidates for governor, and found Democrat Joe Hoeffel to be their favorite.

CeaseFirePA, in its 2010 voter guide, give the Montgomery County Commissioner an A. State Senator Anthony Williams (D-Philadelphia) followed Hoeffel with an A-, while Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato got a B+ and Auditor General Jack Wagner was given a C+.

Hoeffel’s campaign touted the top grad on Wednesday.

“I support the individual right to own guns, but I am also a strong supporter of common sense gun control laws that will protect Pennsylvania residents and its law enforcement officers,” Hoeffel said in a statement. “To that end, I am honored to have earned a perfect grade and the highest mark of all the candidates from CeaseFirePA, which is doing an excellent job of educating people on gun safety and advocating for effective gun violence prevention legislation.”

The two Republicans in the race got significantly lower grades—almost certainly to their liking in a GOP primary. State Representative Sam Rohrer (D-Berks) got a D, while Attorney General Tom Corbett was slapped with an F for not filling out the group’s survey.

See the voter guide here.

Correction: This article originally misstated the respective grades received by Tom Corbett and Sam Rohrer, and the reasons for those grades. Rohrer received a D because he answered the questionnaire but disagreed with CeaseFirePA’s policy positions, while Corbett was given an F because he did not fill out the questionnaire. It was not the other way around.

April 28, 2010 at 4:42 pm

--Dan Hirschhorn

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  1. 1 million Reasons Why Joe Will lose

    Apr 28th, 2010

    1 Million Hunting Permits are issued every year in Pennsylvania Thats why Gun Grabbin Joe will Lose the Primary

  2. BB

    Apr 28th, 2010

    If the gubernatorial candidates can’t figure out a policy that balances second amendment rights that appeal to the hunting crowd in rural Pa., and the sensible restrictions on gun purchases and reporting stolen guns in the more crime-ridden urban areas of the state, then they should get out of the race immediately. We need leadership that can bridge the ideological differences of groups like the NRA and Cease Fire Pa.and serve the residents in ALL 67 COUNTIES of the state. Is there a leader among the gubernatorial candidates or are they all simply bureaucrats?

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