Adam Putnam has called himself a “proud NRA sellout” – and the new candidate ratings released Tuesday from the National Rifle Association show it’s a mutual admiration. Putnam received an “A+” rating from the NRA – a rating that goes along away with conservatives and Second Amendment supporters.
To receive an “A+” rating from the NRA, a candidate must meet this criteria: “A legislator with not only an excellent voting record on all critical NRA issues, but who has also made a vigorous effort to promote and defend the Second Amendment.”
Putnam’s opponent in the Republican primary for Governor, Ron DeSantis received an “A” – a slightly lower grade.
To receive an “A” a candidate must meet this criteria: “A legislator with not only an excellent voting record on all critical NRA issues, but who has also made a vigorous effort to promote and defend the Second Amendment.”
Three Democrats running for Governor – Andrew Gillum, Gwen Graham and Philip Levine received “F” ratings. Two other Democrats did not participate in the NRA’s questionnaire.
Here are the ratings for the candidates running for statewide office:
Adam Putnam (R) – A+
Ron DeSantis (R) – A
Andrew Gillum (D) – F
Gwen Graham (D) – F
Phil Levine (D) – F
Chris King (D) – Did not participate
Frank White (R) – A+
Ashley Moody (R) – A
Sean Shaw (D) – Did not participate
Ryan Torrens (D) – Did not participate
Matt Caldwell (R) – A+ ENDORSED BY NRA
Denise Grimsley (R) – B+
Mike McCalister (R) – Did not participate
Baxter Troutman (R) – C-
Nikki Fried (D) _ Did not participate
David Walker (D) – Did not participate
Jeffrey Osborne (D) – Did not participate
The lowest rating given was to State Representative Jared Moskowitz, a vocal anti-gun Democrat who represents the area where the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School High School shooting took place. Rep. Moskowitz received a “F-” ranking.
Read the complete list here from the NRA.
These ratings only cover the August 28 primary election.