Eldridge: I’m A Gun Owner Myself
Democratic House hopeful Sean Eldridge today said he owns a shotgun and backs “common sense” gun control measures such as enhanced background checks.
Eldridge, the founder of Hudson River Ventures, is running for the Hudson Valley seat held by Republican Rep. Chris Gibson.
“Like most gun owners, I believe in common sense and we can protect the second amendment while also doing common sense things to save innocent lives,” Eldridge said in an interview on The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter. “We should pass background checks. Congressman Gibson hasn’t signed on to that bill.”
Eldridge said he learned to shoot while workin on a California cattle ranch.
“I learned how to shoot — in 2004 I used to work on a cattle ranch in California,” he said in the interview. “There was actually a school I went to there called Deep Springs College and I learned how to shoot on a .22 there and I’ve owned a shotgun for the last couple of years.”
Eldridge this month officially launched his Congressional campaign for the NY-19, which is expected to be among the most closely watched races in the state.
In the interview, he told Arbetter that he’s opposed to hydrofracking and pledged to not take any corporate PAC money
“Unlike my opponent,” he said.
Eldridge also defended his work for Hudson River Ventures, which has been an early source of Republican attacks.
“I’m proud to have helped create jobs and grow small businesses,” he said. “If you talk to those companies, what they’ll tell you is we’ve been partners in their work. it It has nothing to do with politics. It’s been about growing their business and their products.”
He gave his most direct attack yet on Gibson, knocking him for his votes on the environment and support for the Cooper-LaTourette budget proposal, while questioning his “moderate” credentials.
“What I’m hearing is voters are tired of more of the same,” he said. “They’re tired of the brinksmanship and the games.”
Republicans are sparing little time in attacking Eldridge, who is the husband of Chris Hughes, a co-founder of Facebook. Given Eldridge’s wealth and the NRCC’s early focus on the race, the NY-19 is shaping up to be also one of the most expensive in the country.
“Twenty-seven-year-old Sean Eldridge bought a $2 million house in NY-19 the same month he filed to run for office with the FEC. Without his family money, this carpetbagger wouldn’t have a single substantive accomplishment to his name,” said New York Republican spokesman David Laska. “Sean Eldridge may be used to buying whatever he wants, but he’s about to learn that here in New York, our House seats are not for sale.”
Programming note: Eldridge will be a guest on Capital Tonight this evening at 8 p.m.
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