Rossway picks up endorsements

MARQUETTE — Rich Rossway, Republican candidate for the 109th State House seat, has added the National Rifle Association to his list of endorsements.

Rossway follows in the footsteps of his friend the late John Kivela, according to a campaign press release, in receiving the highest rating possible for a non-incumbent.

The NRA gave Rossway an AQ rating which is defined on the NRA website as based on the candidate’s responses to the NRA-Political Victory Fund Candidate Questionnaire.

The endorsement is considered an “A” rating for a candidate with a lack of a voting record on the issue, the release states.

“I am thrilled to receive the endorsement of the NRA. They and their members serve as America’s front-line in defending the 2nd amendment and I am proud to not only be their chosen candidate but also a member,” Rossway said in the release.

“Here in the U.P. we know the value of the 2nd Amendment, and it’s something I learned at an early age. Whether it was hunting in our forests, or defending our country as a Military Police Officer, I knew that the ‘right to bear arms’ was the right that protected all our others, and I am proud to take that message to Lansing.”

NRA endorsements are not granted to one party versus another, the release states.

“Traditionally, gun rights are a nonpartisan issue in the U.P. and candidates from both parties have sought out and received the NRA’s endorsement, including the seat’s previous holder, the late Democrat John Kivela.” the release states.

The NRA nod is added to endorsements from state Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, and former state house 108th District Rep. Ed McBroom R-Vulcan.

“I’m all in for Rich to be our next state representative from the 109th district, and I’d like you to join me in supporting him,” Casperson said in a Sept. 18 press release. “Rich is a native Yooper. He’s a veteran, too. He loves our country and our way of life. Like our friend Jon Kivela, Rich knows you can’t be pro-miner if you opposed County Road 595. It’s why he’s joined senator Stabenow and myself in advocating to get this road built. That’s the bipartisan spirit we need to get things done.”

In the release, Rossway said he is pleased to have obtained Casperson’s endorsement.

“I’m proud to have the endorsement of a true leader for the U.P., Senator Tom Casperson, and I look forward to joining him in the fight for our families and values,” Rossway said.