GOP money man Hoffman: ‘Obama is right on the issue of gun control’by George Bennett | April 16th, 2013
Republican mega-financier Al Hoffman of North Palm Beach is at it again.
The former Republican National Committee finance chairman and George W. Bush-appointed ambassador to Portugal rankled many conservatives in 2011 when he took to the op-ed page of the New York Times to urge the GOP to accept higher taxes as part of a “grand bargain” on the deficit.
Now Hoffman has written a letter to House Speaker John Boehner urging him to support “reasonable gun control legislation.”
In an interview today, Hoffman said the gun issue could hurt Republicans at the polls.
“I believe that the Republican Party — and I’m a conservative Republican — I believe the Republican Party faces irrelevancy if we as a party don’t gain a little rational nexus as far as gun control is concerned. I personally believe President Obama is right on the issue of gun control…We really ought to follow what the American public wants and there’s a clear consensus that they’re in favor of stricter gun control,” Hoffman said.
Hoffman said too many Republicans fear being targeted in primaries if they run afoul of the National Rifle Association and its executive vice president, Wayne LaPierre.
“We’re being terrorized by the NRA and Wayne LaPierre right now,” Hoffman said. But Hoffman said siding with the NRA now could give Democrats a weapon against Republicans in the 2014 elections.
“Obama has a great shot at getting a lot of Republicans defeated in the next election if he doesn’t get his gun legislation,” Hoffman said.
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