Recent McDowell Announcements – Includes SS Committee and NRA


SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (NCPSSM) has endorsed Gary McDowell in the race for Congress in Michigan’s 1st Congressional District, highlighting his “leadership, vision and determination to fight for working families and older Americans.”

In a letter to McDowell, NCPSSM President and CEO Barbara Kennelly expressed the national organization’s strong support on behalf of the organization’s politically aware and active membership:

“Our nation needs your leadership, vision and determination to fight for working families and older Americans. You earned the endorsement of the National Committee because you understand and support the critical roles that Social Security and Medicare play in the retirement and health security of our nation’s older citizens and their families. You are well-prepared to serve the needs of seniors and as your record clearly shows, you make the preservation of Social Security and Medicare a priority in office.”

Social Security and Medicare have become key issues in the 1st District race, with McDowell pledging to protect the programs while Republican Dan Benishek and Independent Glenn Wilson advocate for privatization. Benishek has expressed his support for privatizing and abolishing the programs on tape numerous times, calling Social Security “a disaster;” advocating for “gradually phasing out the Medicare and the Social Security plan;” and clearly stating “privatizing Social Security and Medicare is the only way to do it.”

“I appreciate the support of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare and their many members across northern Michigan. I am absolutely committed to protecting Social Security for today’s seniors and future generations, which is why I have pledged to oppose any and all efforts to privatize Social Security, reduce benefits or raise the retirement age,” McDowell said. “Social Security is a sacred trust for all Americans but it is particularly important here in Michigan’s 1st Congressional District, where 26 percent of all residents receive Social Security benefits and 21 percent are on Medicare.”

The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare is the nation’s leading advocacy group to protect Social Security and Medicare with a goal “to protect, preserve, promote, and ensure the financial security, health, and the well being of current and future generations of maturing Americans.”

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SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – State Representative Gary McDowell (D-Rudyard) has received the endorsement of the National Rifle Association (NRA) in his campaign to represent Michigan’s 1st Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. McDowell, an NRA member with a perfect NRA voting record as a state legislator, is one of only three Democrats endorsed by the NRA in open seats for Congress this year and one of only two Democrats endorsed in Michigan’s 15 congressional races.

“The NRA-PVF is endorsing Gary McDowell because he is a proven defender of the Second Amendment freedoms of law-abiding gun owners, hunters and sportsmen in Michigan,” said Chris W. Cox, chairman of the NRA Political Victory Fund. “On November 2, I urge those in Michigan’s 1st District to vote Gary McDowell for Congress.”

McDowell received the NRA’s “A” rating and endorsement based on a record of not just saying he supports gun rights but also a record of actually voting to protect and expand those rights.

The NRA noted that McDowell has proven his commitment to Second Amendment rights by voting for legislation removing barriers to youth hunting, voting to prohibit gun confiscation during states of emergency, voting to repeal unnecessary post-purchase inspections of hand guns and voting to restore the rights of law-abiding citizens to defend their property. The NRA also noted McDowell opposes re-enacting the Clinton gun and magazine ban, supports national right-to-carry reciprocity and believes sportsmen should have access to federal lands for hunting, fishing, trapping and recreational shooting.

McDowell has co-sponsored and voted for legislation to exempt members of the Armed Forces from Michigan’s concealed pistol license (CPL) requirements, voted to exempt honorably discharged veterans and law enforcement officers from CPL training requirements and voted to create a 10-day grace period for an individual to license an inherited gun. McDowell has also co-sponsored legislation in the Michigan legislature to prohibit employers from firing employees who safely and lawfully store their firearms in locked vehicles.

“It is an honor to have the continued support of the NRA,” McDowell said. “As a lifelong sportsman, I have a deep respect and appreciation for hunting as a part of our way of life in northern Michigan. I will continue to fight to protect every citizen’s right to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by the Second Amendment.”

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