With Senator Dianne Feinstein's assault-weapons ban on the table before Congress, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's team has chosen a curious time to delete a section of his semi-defunct campaign website touting just how much the NRA approved of his gun-policy beliefs. Reid, an avid shooter and long-time believer in Second Amendment rights who last won a campaign in his heated re-election battle in 2010, has a lot of broken links on his official campaign site, but the tab on "Sportsmen for Harry Reid" endorsements looked like this — until conservative commentators started pointing to it last week:
Yes, that's an endorsement from Wayne LaPierre. But Reid has a B-rating from the NRA, and then there's this portion from the "sportsmen" outlining Reid's opposition to an assault-weapons ban:
Remember that a lot of Reid's campaign site is borked and that he hasn't been actively campaigning for himself in years. But ... this particular section of HarryReid.com had been heavily cited by conservative and gun-rights bloggers in order to show that Reid was either pandering to gun groups for votes or is now planning to pitch against Feinstein's bill when push comes to shove in the coming months.