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NRA Backs Matt Caldwell for Agriculture Commissioner

June 26, 2018 - 1:45pm
Matt Caldwell and Marion Hammer
Matt Caldwell and Marion Hammer

On Tuesday, the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) and the Unified Sportsmen of Florida endorsed state Rep. Matt Caldwell, R-Lehigh Acres, to be the state’s next agriculture commissioner. 

Marion Hammer, the past president of the NRA and the executive director of Unified Sportsmen of Florida, offered the rationale behind the endorsement. 

“Representative Matt Caldwell has been a steadfast supporter of Second Amendment issues as a member of the Florida House,” Hammer said. “His support of Second Amendment, self-defense, and anti-crime issues and his pro-sportsmen, pro-Second Amendment, pro-freedom record have earned him our endorsement.

“He is the only candidate in this race with a perfect record of unyielding support of the Second Amendment to our Constitution,” Hammer added. His background of active, dedicated legislative service to advancing the cause of Freedom and protecting Second Amendment rights has been outstanding. That’s why we trust you to administer Florida’s Concealed Weapons and Firearms Licensing Program. We urge all Second Amendment supporters to vote for Matt Caldwell for Florida’s commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services.”

For his part, Caldwell vowed to defend the Second Amendment if he were elected.  

“I’m proud to have received the endorsement of the NRA," Caldwell said. “Floridians can trust me to stand strong in defense of their constitutional freedoms. I am the only candidate to consistently have an A+ NRA rating and I am honored that they have placed their trust in me with a full endorsement. I am an unwavering defender of the 2nd Amendment because I believe what our Founders believed: our rights come from God, not politicians.”

Caldwell faces state Sen. Denise Grimsley, R-Lake Placid, former state Rep. Baxter Troutman and retired Army Col. Mike McCalister, who ran for governor in 2010 and for the U.S. Senate in 2012, in the Republican primary at the end of August. Current Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam faces term limits and is running for governor. 

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There is a reason I am a member of the NRA - I am deeply familiar with what the NRA stands for and does and I am very grateful to them. I do look to see who they back in the primary elections, this is a big help to me. Matt Caldwell will get my vote because he is backed by the NRA.

Caldwell had no ag background. I wonder whose horse and tractor he narrowed for his ads?

The NRA is no longer a principled organization. They're nothing but a pay-to-play scheme that shake down typical politicians like Caldwell for an endorsement that will rile up their lemming followers who take Marion's emails as the Gospel. Don't let them pull the wool over your eyes!

Tell your lies if you want but the NRA gives their endorsement based strictly on how they have voted on past 2nd amendment issues!

The NRA has been selling out the American gun owner for over 100 years. They actively supported the NFA in 1934, the Gun Control Act in 1968 and the oppositely named Firearm Owners' Protection Act of 1986 (FOPA) which removed the right of Americans to purchase new automatic or AOW weapons, a clear violation of the Second Amendment. All of this was done with the cooperation of the sellout Progressive owned and run Republican Party as well.

You are not a real news source if you cant get facts straight. Senator Grimsley should have an R beside her name not a D. GET IT RIGHT!

Thanks for the heads-up on this NRA endorsement. It tells me who not to vote for in the primary. Any more NRA endorsements this week to add to my list?

Thank you NRA. Now I know who NOT to vote for. Please keep your endorsements coming. While you're at it, please publish a list of candidates who scored an "F" on your little quiz, so I know who TO vote for.

Thats nice Marion but I think we need a strong conservative woman like Denise at the helm. I trust the NRA but I'm going to have to disagree with you on this.

i agree, need someone who can actually beat the dems in nov. only denise can. others are career and take to much money from outside ,

Last I checked Sen. Denise Grimsley was an "R - Lake Placid." She is also a fervent 2nd Amendment supporter and she knows Ag.

Not so "fervent" she has voted against the 2nd amendment before and only gets a B+ rating.

typical pay for play politics...

Does he have any agricultural credentials? Military record? Or are we looking at a career politician eying his next stepping stone? Take a look at Col. Mike McCalister. He qualifies.

I agree, Jim. Col. McCalister has wonderful qualifications, and best of all, he is NOT part to the establishment politicians.

Like Putznam, Caldwell is a typical political lifer. Elected to the Florida House in 2010 at age 29 ... with a FGCU degree in History ... and a work resume as a real estate appraiser. No military record; no agricultural credentials; no record of leadership; no observable management skills or expertise.

Any relation to Millard Caldwell?

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