“NO THANKS NRA. JUST GIVE ME AN F.”
That was the response Eleni Kounalakis gave the National Rifle Association when they mailed her their annual questionnaire for candidates in California’s 2018 election.
The Greek-American businesswoman and former U.S. Ambassador to Hungary is running for the position of Lieutenant Governor. She wrote in big, bold red marker on the NRA questionnaire and shared her message on Facebook and Twitter.
Come election season, the NRA mails forms with questions about gun control to political candidates in each state and, based on the given responses, rates each candidate on an A-F scale in terms of their position on guns (A being most favorable, F being least favorable).
Kounalakis, who must first win the June 5th California primary, hopes to become the Golden State’s first elected female Lieutenant Governor. The general election is in November.
— Eleni Kounalakis (@EleniForCA) May 24, 2018
The daughter of immigrants from a small Greek village in the Peloponnese, Kounalakis and her family are yet another example of the classic “American Dream” story.
Her father, Angelo Tsakopoulos, who worked as a farm laborer, later attended California State University in Sacramento and went on to become one of the largest real estate developers in the nation.
Following her father’s footsteps of hard work, Kounalakis built a successful business in California and became active in Democratic Party politics. In 2010 President Barack Obama appointed her as U.S. Ambassador to Hungary.
Kounalakis’ campaign video draws from her family’s Greek immigrant history:
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