The Tiahrt campain announced Friday that it had earned the endorsement of the National Rifle Association’s Kansas chapter and at the same time accused Moran’s campaign manager of threating the organization for its decision to back Tiahrt.
The Tiahrt campaign make the following statement in its release announcing KSRA’s endorsement: Upon hearing of the KSRA endorsement, Todd Novascone, fourth campaign manager and chief of staff for Congressman Moran, called and threatened Patricia Stoneking for her for the group’s courageous decision to endorse Todd. According to Stoneking, Novascone then threatened her saying “she would be sorry” if Jerry was elected to higher office. Novascone then hung up on Patricia after she refused to relent from the endorsement.
“It is inappropriate for Congressman Moran’s fourth campaign manager and Washington, D.C. chief of staff to threaten Kansas citizens,” said Michelle Schroeder, communications director for the Tiahrt campaign. “Congressman Moran should publicly apologize for these negative and angry attacks that have gotten completely out of control. Instead of talking about issues important to Kansas voters, Congressman Moran is trying to intimidate Kansans with angry threats. This is no way for a statesman to act, and there is no place for these negative and threatening tactics in Kansas. Congressman Moran should immediately stop issuing threats, apologize to Patricia for the ugly things his chief of staff said, and take actions to ensure his staff stops threatening Kansans.
The release explains that KSRA chose to endorse Tiahrt because of the amendment he authored that prohibits the BATFE from releasing information from its firearms trace database to anyone other than law enforcement adding that his legislation “has protected every citizen as well as every gun manufacturer in this country from being unconstitutionally and unrightfully sued.”