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Friday, September 30, 2005

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Police back Kilgore in governor’s race
RICHMOND — Three police organizations have endorsed Republican former Attorney General Jerry Kilgore in his bid for governor.

Kilgore was endorsed by the Virginia State Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police, as well as the Law Enforcement Alliance of America and the Police Benevolent Association.

“Jerry Kilgore has always been there for the law enforcement community,” Tommy Stiles, president of the FOP lodge, says in a news release. “We have worked closely with him when he was in George Allen’s cabinet and while he served as Virginia’s Attorney General. He has enacted tougher laws that give police officers better ability to fight crime and keep our communities safe.”

“I am honored, and humbled, to have received these endorsements,” Kilgore says in the release. “I pledge today that, as Governor, I will be law enforcement’s ally in every fight. I will always look out for those who look out for all of us.

State firefighters endorse Kaine
VIRGINIA BEACH — The Virginia Professional Fire Fighters has endorsed Democrat Lt. Gov. Tim Kaine in his bid for governor.
Union president Mike Mohler cites Kaine’s experience as a mayor and lieutenant governor, among other qualifications.

“We can’t take Virginia back to the days when fire and EMS personnel were taken for granted,” Mohler says in a news release.

“The Warner-Kaine Administration has been a great partner for us. We need to keep Virginia moving forward. That’s why we enthusiastically and unanimously endorse Tim Kaine to be the next governor of Virginia.”

During the event, Kaine spoke about the impact of the 2004 budget agreement on public safety, including resources for fire and EMS professionals.

“Virginia’s safety lies in the hands of our fire and EMS professionals,” Kaine said. “We can’t afford to give the men and women who risk their lives every day to protect ours anything less than what they need to do their jobs.”

NRA gives backing to Deeds in race
RICHMOND — The National Rifle Association has endorsed state Sen. Creigh Deeds, D-Bath County, in his bid to become attorney general.

“During your 14 years as both a delegate and senator in the Virginia General Assembly, you have proven to be an advocate for law-abiding firearm owners, sportsmen, and hunters,” says Randy Kozuch, director of the NRA Institute for legislative action, in a letter to the campaign.

“Your impressive firearms-related voting record reflects a true understanding of, and concern for the issues facing law-abiding gun owners,” he wrote.

Deeds was a sponsor of the amendment to Virginia’s Constitution that protects the right to hunt and fish. He has received the NRA’s endorsement in previous elections and has consistently received “A” ratings as well.

“I am proud to once again accept the endorsement of the National Rifle Association and I am pleased that they continue to recognize my strong commitment to protecting the Second Amendment rights of all Virginians,” said Deeds.

NRA backs Gilbert for office
WOODSTOCK — The National Rifle Association has endorsed Shenandoah County Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Todd Gilbert, the Republican candidate for the 15th District House of Delegates seat.

The seat, also being sought by former federal worker Jim Blubaugh of Rappahannock County, is being vacated by Del. Allen Louderback, R-Luray.

“Our members will interpret your ‘A’ rating and endorsement as being a solid, pro-Second Amendment/pro-hunting candidate who supports sportsmen and gun owners on every issue,” Joel Partridge, of the NRA’s Political Victory Fund, wrote in a letter to the campaign.

“I am proud to have the support of the nation’s leading organization dedicated to the rights of hunters and gun owners,” Gilbert says in a news release.

“I don’t think that the answer to gun violence is to turn law-abiding hunters and gun owners into criminals with oppressive new laws and restrictions,” he says.

"Criminals, by their very nature, will not be shy about breaking yet another law to achieve their evil intent. As a prosecutor, I know that the only way to effectively combat violent crime is to ensure punishment for those who commit it, especially with a firearm.”

— Daily Staff Reports