Sen. Randy Feenstra, who is one of four Republicans challenging Congressman Steve King in a Fourth Congressional District Republican Primary, had a tough time Friday on Simon Conway’s 1040 WHO Radio show.
A couple of days earlier it was announced that Main Street PAC was going to put $100,000 into the race to support Feenstra. Main Street PAC has a reputation for trying to defeat anti-establishment candidates.
In addition, Main Street PAC listed “gun violence” as one of its priorities in its legislative agenda.
“Gun violence has reached a crisis point in this country. According to a recent poll conducted by RMSP, suburban women overwhelmingly want Congress to address gun violence with meaningful legislative change. This does not mean taking guns out of the hands of lawful Americans, rather, it means addressing the root cause of an undeniable epidemic with measured, preventative action.”
It goes on to speak glowingly of Red Flag laws, which causes real concern for supporters of the Second Amendment.
Conway asked Feenstra about the $100,000. Conway said the group doesn’t support social conservatives.
“They’re very proudly on their own website talking about all the bills that they’ve got people to sponsor and there’s a little heading called gun violence and red flag laws,” Conway said.
Feenstra told Conway he is against all red flag laws and is passionate about the Second Amendment.
“I am excited when Main Street is talking about fiscal conservative — that’s where I’m all about,” Feenstra said.
“So are you going to send them their $100,000 back,” Conway asked.
Feenstra said it was detached and wouldn’t go to his campaign. Instead, it would be spent on his behalf.
Conway asked if Feenstra was going to publicly ask them not to spend that money on his race.
It was part of a 10-minute conversation in which Feenstra never really provided an answer.
“We don’t move on unless we get a straight answer,” Conway said. “Are you going to tell them not to spend $100,000 on your behalf?”
Feenstra continued to dance around the question. Conway asked once again.
“I have nothing to do with that PAC, alright, I don’t,” Feenstra said. “I can’t coordinate.”
“No, but you could go public and say do not spend this money on my behalf because I do not agree with your stance on red flag laws,” Conway said. “You could say that.”
“The only conclusion we could reach from your refusal to answer this direct question with a direct answer three times is you won’t be turning around and making that public statement,” Conway said. “It’s just very interesting to me, because you see, I would be very, it’s so easy for me, because these things are part of me, they’re in my heart, they’re part of me. If this organization came to me, if I was running for office, which will never happen by the way, but if I was, and they said we’re going to spend $100,000 to try and get this guy elected, and I saw who they were, I would publicly say do not spend a dime because I will stand against your attempts to subvert the Second Amendment at every single opporutntiy. That would be me.”