[Missoula, Montana] The Montana Shooting Sports Association (MSSA) has released its grades and endorsements for selected political candidates who have a challenge in the upcoming June Primary Election. Included in the endorsement list are Steve Daines for the U.S. Senate, Austin Knudsen for Attorney General, and 14 candidates for the Senate and House in the Montana Legislature.
MSSA did not offer endorsements in many races because there is no Primary Election contest, because MSSA lacks information about candidates, or because candidates appear equal or close to equal. MSSA gave candidates a letter grade wherever there is information available to evaluate candidates. Information about candidates was drawn from the voting records of incumbents, returned MSSA candidate questionnaires, and other information available to MSSA. Typically, MSSA does not issue an endorsement unless a candidate achieves a letter grade two letters or more better than the candidate’s opponent, such as an A-rated candidate versus a C-rated candidate. MSSA usually does not endorse candidates who achieves less than a B grade.
The candidates endorsed for the Montana Legislature include for the Montana Senate, Carl Glimm for SD 2 and Gary Perry for SD 35. MSSA endorsed candidates for the Montana House of Representatives are David Dunn for HD 9, Mark Noland for HD 10, Derek Skees for HD11, Casey Knudsen for HD33, Rhonda Knudsen for HD 34, Amanda Scheidler for HD 39, Dennis Lenz for HD 53, Jane Gillette for HD 64, Caleb Hinkle for HD 68, Greg DeVries for HD 75, Joe Read for HD 93, and Rebecca Dawson for HD 95.
MSSA graded candidates for the U.S. House and Governor, but did not endorse any candidates because the best candidates were too equal in letter grade to warrant the endorsement of any particular candidate. MSSA did not consider state races that have little impact on the right to keep and bear arms, such as Secretary of State and State Auditor.
MSSA 2020 Primary Election candidate grades and endorsements are posted online here.
MSSA President Gary Marbut commented, “MSSA provides information to Montana gun owners because how candidates stand or perform concerning the right to keep and bear arms is important to many voters. Without the candidate information MSSA gathers and publishes, it may be difficult for voters to know how a candidate is likely to perform on this important Montana issue.”
[Publisher’s Note: This is a press release from MSSA]