Pennsylvania Town Ousts Previously Unopposed Mayor After He Joined Mayors Against Illegal Guns

November 17 2013
by GSL Staff
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maig mayorsMichael Bloomberg’s “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” is starting to have a negative political connotation to it.

Earlier this month we reported on the Morrisville, NC mayor, who was backed by MAIG suffering a loss following her campaign to get sporting goods stores in the area to stop selling semi-auto rifles.

It appears that at least one other mayor may have lost their reelection bid due to their allegiance to the anti-gun group.

Real Clear Politics is reporting that Chambersburg, PA Mayor Pete Lagiovane, who last election won in an unopposed landslide, was defeated by a Republican challenger last election day.

What changed between those elections? Lagiovane joined Mayors Against Illegal Guns, that’s what changed. His Republican opponent and eventual victor even mentioned the issue.

His Republican opponent, Darren Brown, said he knows one thing he’ll do immediately after being sworn in as mayor: “The very, very first thing I’d like to do is get Chambersburg off the ‘Mayors Against Illegal Guns’ list.”

Just a few weeks ago, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper advised MAIG to stay out of Colorado politics for fear of them costing Democrats elections, including a current recall effort of anti-gun state senator Evie Hudak. This is following the fact that the group was defeated in the Colorado recall elections of anti-gun state senators Angela Giron and John Morse. The group campaigned hard for the senators, but failed to protect the senators against recall amid a strong grassroots campaign.

There have also been recent allegations that the group has offered to pay off mayors who attempt to leave the organization in order protect dwindling membership numbers.

Earlier this year, the group took heat for including the names of criminals, notably one of the Boston Bombing suspects, in a list of “victims of gun violence”.

The group has also been in hot water for using New York City’s taxpayer funded resources in its lobbying efforts. Including hosting its websites on city web servers and using city paid employees for lobbying efforts in other states and at the national level.

The group has also had poor turnout at stops on its anti-gun bus tour, with pro gun protestors often outnumbering the anti-gun protestors.

A few months ago it was reported that over 50 mayors have left the group recently, and recruiting efforts of newly elected mayors are falling flat.

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