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Madison Politiscope: Wisconsin GOP convention upsets gun rights activists

Madison Politiscope: Wisconsin GOP convention upsets gun rights activists

If the big story out of the state GOP convention was Jeff Fitzgerald’s first-place finish in the endorsement vote for U.S. Senate, there was another small story that I think captured the spirit of the Republican Party base.

One of the tea party activists I talked to at the convention, Annette Olson from St. Croix County, was disappointed with the Party.

Despite being a big fan of Gov. Scott Walker and enthusiastic about at least three of the candidates for U.S. Senate, Olson believed the party was betraying its principles by holding its convention at ShopKo Hall in Green Bay, where concealed firearms are not allowed.

“We just want the party to follow its principles,” said Olson, who is an active National Rifle Association member.

Thus, of the many non-binding resolutions that were adopted by the GOP faithful that day, one was an Olson-sponsored motion urging the party to hold future conventions on properties that respect guests’ Second Amendment rights.

The resolution passed, but narrowly.

The same spirit led Florida Gov. Rick Scott to recently rebuke a request from the city of Tampa, which will be hosting this year’s Republican National Convention, to ban the carrying of firearms in the downtown area during the convention.

Jack Craver is the Capital Times political reporter, focusing on elections, candidates and campaign finance.