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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Gun Owners' Action League

2012 Positions on Gun Rights [Non-Incumbent Candidates]

Issues: Guns
State Office District Name Party Rating
MA U.S. Senate Sr Elizabeth Warren Democratic F
MA U.S. Senate Jr Ed Markey Democratic F
MA U.S. House 1 Richard Neal Democratic F
MA U.S. House 2 Jim McGovern Democratic F
MA U.S. House 3 Niki Tsongas Democratic F
MA U.S. House 7 Mike Capuano Democratic F
MA U.S. House 8 Stephen Lynch Democratic F
MA U.S. House 9 Bill Keating Democratic F
MA State House Second Bristol Paul Heroux Democratic 70%
MA State House Sixth Plymouth Josh Cutler Democratic 98%
MA State House Second Worcester Jonathan Zlotnik Democratic 90%
MA State Senate Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex Richard Ross Republican A+
Jen Caissie 100%
John Tierney F

How to Interpret these Evaluations

Keep in mind that ratings done by special interest groups often do not represent a non-partisan stance. In addition, some groups select votes that tend to favor members of one political party over another, rather than choosing votes based solely on issues concerns. Nevertheless, they can be invaluable in showing where an incumbent has stood on a series of votes in the past one or two years, especially when ratings by groups on all sides of an issue are compared. Website links, if available, and descriptions of the organizations offering performance evaluations are accessible by clicking on the name of the group.

Most performance evaluations are displayed in a percentage format. However, some organizations present their ratings in the form of a letter grade or endorsement based on voting records, interviews, survey results and/or sources of campaign funding. For consistency and ease in understanding, Project Vote Smart converts all scores into a percentage when possible. Please visit the group's website or call 1-888-VOTESMART for more specific information.

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