WASHINGTON--First bowling, now hunting and fishing. Campaigning in Pennsylvania is different for Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.). On Monday, his Pennsylvania launched the "Sportsmen and Sportswomen for Obama Steering Committee."
The Obama release states, "avid hunters and anglers from around the state, the committee members lauded Obama for his understanding of and respect for Pennsylvania’s hunting and fishing traditions and his strong record on conservation."
Obama needs to convince voters that his support for gun control laws does not threaten second amendment rights.
My Chicago Sun-Times colleague Robert Novak writes about Obama and Washington D.C. gun laws. LINK
Obama Campaign Announces PA Sportsmen and Sportswomen for Obama Steering Committee
Novak's lede: "Barack Obama, who informs campaign audiences that he taught constitutional law for 10 years, might be expected to weigh in on the historic Second Amendment case before the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices are pondering whether the 1976 District of Columbia law effectively prohibiting personal gun ownership in the nation's capital is constitutional. But Obama has not stated his position."
FROM THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN....
PHILADELPHIA, PA—U.S. Senator Barack Obama’s Presidential campaign today announced the membership of its Pennsylvania Sportsmen and Sportswomen for Obama Steering Committee. Avid hunters and anglers from around the state, the committee members lauded Obama for his understanding of and respect for Pennsylvania’s hunting and fishing traditions and his strong record on conservation.
“Barack Obama recognizes that hunting and fishing are time-honored family traditions in Pennsylvania, and we can trust him to protect those traditions as President,” said Braddock Mayor John Fetterman. “From keeping our waterways clean to finally making progress on climate change, Obama will fight for us.”
Members of the Pennsylvania Sportsmen for Barack Obama Steering Committee will advise the campaign and lead outreach efforts to other sportsmen and sportswomen throughout the state. The committee’s membership is listed below:
Frederica (Freddie) Antram
State Rep. Marc Gergely
State Rep. Dan Surra