Rick Santorum Uses His Sick Daughter To Score Political Points With Gun Lovers

In what might be one of the most cynical, most politically calculated moves ever, Rick Santorum today announced that his three-year-old daughter Bella is now a lifetime member of the NRA.

From CNN.com:

“(My wife) Karen and I are life members of the NRA, and we wanted to announce today that…now Bella is a life member of the NRA, too,” Santorum said. “I hope it is a long life.”

Bella Santorum has a rare genetic disorder called Trisomy 18. Her odds of ever being old enough to shoot a gun are slim, but still, I doubt there’s anyone out there who doesn’t wish her anything but a long and happy life. Until today, I have seen no one try to turn Bella into political fodder and unfortunately, the person who did that was her own father.


Santorum dropped out of the presidential race earlier in the week. Today’s move will benefit nothing but a potential congressional run in 2014 or a presidential run in 2016.

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