ATPAC has been involved in the NC 3 and NC9 Congressional primaries. We are now faced with special elections in both districts. We look for candidates with proven constitutionally conservative records with impeccable 2A credentials. Both candidates are also well known and have demonstrated they can win elections, even picking up conservative Democrat votes. This is crucial because we do not want to lose these Republican held congressional seats to Democrat Socialists.
Their voting records stand as testament to their commitment to adherence to constitutional authority. They have demonstrated they embrace our principles and can defend them: individual rights, limited government, fiscal responsibility and free markets.
ATPAC endorses MICHAEL SPECIALE for Congress in the 3rd Congressional District and STONY RUSHING for Congress in the 9th Congressional District.
FYI: Grassroots North Carolina (GRNC-PVF), our North Carolina Second Amendment watchdog, also recommends both candidates.
3rd Congressional District: The candidate we DO NOT recommend is NC House Representative Greg Murphy, who has repeatedly voted against the interests of gun owners. In this race, GRNC-PVF has no choice but to stick with a proven pro-gun candidate who has acted as primary sponsor for a number of pro-gun bills. Accordingly, GRNC-PVF recommends MICHAEL SPECIALE for Congress in the 3rd District.
9th Congressional District: Again, there are several pro-gun candidates but, unfortunately, the party “favorite,” NC Senator Dan Bishop, is not foremost among them. Former state senator Fern Shubert is indeed a friend of gun owners, but does not appear to be running an effective campaign. In this race, the standout candidate is Stony Rushing, who is a firing range owner, GRNC supporter and the pick of Mark Harris, the candidate who truly won this election but is not running in the re-vote. Accordingly, GRNC-PVF recommends STONY RUSHING for Congress in the 9th District.