Obama endorses Richard Cordray for Ohio gov as his former AG Eric Holder assists the campaign
"Show me who your friends are and I’ll tell you who you are."
WKYC (Cleveland NBC) is reporting that former President Barack Obama (D) has endorsed Democrat Richard Cordray in his bid to win the Ohio governor's office, citing his work in his (anti-gun rights) administration as reason for his support.
The news comes in the wake of an Associated Press report that Obama's former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has been in Ohio campaigning for Cordray.
Gun owners need no reminder of the level of hatred Obama displayed for them as president. Likewise, many will likely need no refresher on Holder's own antipathy toward gun owners. But for those who are newer to the fight for Second Amendment rights, consider his record. As Obama's AG, Eric Holder:
- Supported the D.C. gun ban.
In 2008, Holder signed an amicus brief in the Heller case that supported the District of Columbia’s handgun ban, and also argued that the Second Amendment does not protect an individual right.
- Oversaw the BATFE's "Fast & Furious" program.
In 2009, the newly-appointed Attorney General Holder immediately began attempts to draw a connection between drug crimes in Mexico with the American right to bear arms, and suggested that the Obama administration would seek to renew the failed Clinton Gun Ban, something Obama had denied during his 2008 campaign.
After claims by the Obama administration that 90% of Mexican crime guns came from the U.S. were debunked, Obama's Justice Department, headed by Holder, and BATFE began forcing gun dealers to let guns "walk" out the door in the hands of known criminals, who then smuggled them across the border where authorities failed to even attempt to track them. The program placed thousands of rifles and pistols into the hands of Mexican drug gangs, which emails confirmed was exactly what the administration intended, hoping enough violence would spill over into the United States so that the American people would call for gun sales restrictions, or at least provide the Obama administration with the information to impose such restriction. Guns were used, as mentioned above, in the death of American border patrol agent Brian Terry, as well as Mexican teenagers and even an assassination attempt against a high-ranking Mexican law enforcement official.
Holder and his subordinates' behavior during the investigation of the scandal was deplorable. When the scandal became public, Holder attempted to claim only recent knowledge of the operation, but it was later revealed that he knew about it much sooner. Whistle-blowers were threatened. More than 70,000 documents were withheld from Congress. At one point Holder even claimed that emails using the words ‘Fast and Furious’ weren't referring to Operation Fast and Furious. And so, on June 28, 2012, Holder was held in contempt of Congress - the first time a sitting member of a president's cabinet has been held in contempt of Congress.
- Oversaw the FDIC's "Operation Chokepoint."
In the words of Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.), "Operation Chokepoint" was "a DOJ-initiated effort that aims to force businesses, many of which are licensed and legally-operating, out of the financial service space and therefore, out of business.” Its targets included firearm and ammunition manufacturers and retailers.
- Said of his time as Obama's AG: ‘I take personally as a failure’ the inability to pass gun control.
When he resigned in 2014, outgoing Attorney General lamented that his greatest personal failure as Attorney General was not getting more stringent gun control laws passed.
That this same Eric Holder, while a U.S. attorney under President Clinton in 1995, appeared on CSPAN calling for a program in America's schools and U.S. media that would "brainwash" people against guns.
And this is the same Eric Holder that Richard Cordray (D) has campaigning for him in Ohio, as he seeks to defeat current Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine (R) in his bid to become Ohio's next governor.
When gun owners apply the old adage "show me who your friends are and I’ll tell you who you are" to Rich Cordray, it makes it absolutely impossible to consider a vote for him in November.
Chad D. Baus is the Buckeye Firearms Association Secretary and an NRA-certified firearms instructor. He is co-founder of BFA-PAC, and served as its Vice Chairman for 15 years. He is the editor of BuckeyeFirearms.org, which received the Outdoor Writers of Ohio 2013 Supporting Member Award for Best Website.