But within a week, Lager had changed his ad to this:
In other words, he changed his "A+" rating to just an "A." This actually does
to matter to certain conservatives (which in turn matters in a Republic primary). According to the website of the Second Amendment Coalition of Missouri
, an "A+" grade means that you not only supported the NRA's position on key votes, but you also sponsored their pet legislation.
And Kinder has the right to boast a little. Back in 2003, he helped the lead the charge
to override then-Governor Bob Holden
's veto of legislation that legalized the right to carry concealed weapons.
The Kinder campaign claims
that Lager "was asked by the NRA to take down his TV ad."
Daily RFT called the Lager campaign to inquire about all this last week, but spokesperson Ray Bozarth would only say, "It was just an honest mistake by our media guy. We saw it. We corrected. And that's it."
On one hand, any mistake that makes the boss look better is always convenient, to a degree. On the other hand, why would Lager fib about something that's demonstrably false and thus subject himself to ridicule (which might negate any progress that the inaccurate ad made with the gun-rights crowd in the first place)?
Of course, there's the broader question: Does the position of Lt. Governor even play that big of a role in state politics? Isn't it a part-time job? We'll leave that discussion for another blog post.