Minnesota moms rise up to defeat NRA-backed politician


Minnesota moms are on the ground working to oust Sarah Anderson, who has voted for the NRA's agenda for years.

Mothers in Minnesota are on the ground in their neighborhoods, working to oust one of the NRA's strongest allies as part of their mission to keep their communities safe from gun violence.

The Minnesota chapter of Moms Demand Action is backing Democrat Ginny Klevorn, who is working to unseat Republican Sarah Anderson. Anderson represents District 44A in the Minnesota House.

Anderson has for years received a 93 percent rating for her votes by the NRA. Anderson also received an "A+" rating from the NRA in 2011.

Klevorn supports universal background checks and gun violence protective orders, issues the NRA has organized against in the past.

Faced with polling that showed 90 percent of Minnesota voters back Klevorn's position on background checks, Anderson offered up legislation purporting to address gun issues. But she also knew that the bills were doomed to fail, and her fellow Republicans never even brought them up for consideration.

The mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Florida, brought the gun issue to renewed prominence in America and exposed how unpopular the NRA's extremist positions have been.

The NRA regularly responded to this by attacking the teenagers who spoke out against gun violence. NRA-backed politicians like Anderson have found themselves on the wrong side of a key safety issue.

Minnesota mothers were clearly not fooled by Anderson's election year antics.

Erin Zamoff, head of Moms Demand Action's Minnesota chapter, told the Pioneer Press that she and her organization consider the Klevorn-Anderson race among the "critical" races in the state.

It is one of 30 campaigns in Minnesota with volunteers canvassing as election day approaches.

For years Anderson has had the NRA in her corner, but now, despite her attempt at creating distance between herself and its extreme viewpoints, mothers in her state are pounding the pavement to get back a candidate actually who wants to help them.