In 2006, Robert Casey unseated Rick Santorum from his senate seat. To be honest, I decided to vote for Casey, despite the fact that Santorum had an excellent record on guns, and was endorsed by the NRA. I voted for Casey because Santorum, quite honestly, scared the hell out of me with his views on a lot of social issues. Casey got a good NRA rating, and kept saying he was a friend of gun owners, so I figured he’d be willing to fight for us.
I would appear to have been wrong. I don’t think Casey is going to join the ranks of Chuck Schumer or Diane Feinstein any time soon, but he certainly doesn’t seem to be aware of the issues that are of concern to us, as his generic form letter response would indicate.
I’ve been singularly unimpressed by Senator Casey since taking office, mostly because I haven’t seen him doing anything. Not that I want politicians to be busy doing things, other nursing a mild case of alcoholism in the local DC bars and eateries. If more politicians did that instead of making laws, we might actually be better off. But if Senator Casey dropped off the face of the earth, I don’t think I’d notice. Would anyone notice?
Clearly, if The Senator wants to be a friend of gun owners, if he wants to earn his NRA rating, and maybe get an endorsement someday, he needs to get his staff to do a better job of communicating with gun owners. We’re an important political constituency in this state, even for Democrats, and we’re not impressed by generic one-size-fits-all form letters.