A Democratic candidate said that while she supported an assault weapons ban, publicly supporting one would cost her an electoral win.
The video showed New York congressional candidate Tedra Cobb recalling an encounter in which she told a woman that an assault weapons ban was electoral suicide.
After Cobb told the woman she supported an assault weapons ban, she said, “I want you to know, Cindy. I cannot say that out loud.”
When the woman said she wanted Cobb to say it out loud, Cobb said, “I won’t win.” According to Cobb, even gun control group Moms Demand Action tells politicians to avoid losses by keeping quiet about their support for assault weapons bans.
“I said Moms Demand [Action] says, and Tricia Pleau said, ‘Do not say that you want an assault rifle ban because you will not win,'” Cobb said. As The Washington Free Beacon reported, Pleau is a member of Moms Demand Action’s New York chapter.
Cobb is running against Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) in the state’s right-leaning 21st Congressional District. In an apparent promotional video, Cobb called for legislation that would reduce gun violence as well as find a balance between Second Amendment protections and public safety.
Cobb’s website’s section on gun violence called for bans on bump stocks as well as universal background checks but didn’t mention assault weapons.
Her comments came just before a contentious midterm election in which gun control will likely be a key issue, and gun control activists have rallied around survivors from the Parkland, Florida, mass shooting in February.
The National Republican Congressional Committee reportedly accused Cobb of trying to hide her “liberal agenda” from voters.
“Tedra Cobb knows that she’s wildly out of touch with the district, so she’s desperately trying to hide her liberal agenda from voters,” NRCC regional press secretary Chris Martin told the Free Beacon.
“First, she was forced to admit that she raised taxes over 20 times, and now she’s being exposed for lying to voters about her support for an assault weapons ban and taking guns away from law-abiding citizens.”
In response to the video, Cobb defended herself and seemed to deflect from her position on assault weapons.
“There are a lot of common-sense things we need to do right now to make our kids safer without getting stuck on a stalemate issue like an Assault Weapons B an (sic) that would not pass this Congress and would not get signed by this president,” she told the Watertown Daily Times.