After years of cherishing (and trumpeting) his A-rating from the NRA, West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin has fallen out of the good graces of the most powerful gun rights organization in the United States and is about to suffer their wrath. The NRA might not have the war chest to go up against a super-rich statist like Mayor Bloomberg, but that doesn’t mean that this ad will have any less impact. Especially in the Mountain State, where gun rights are high on people’s priority lists . . .
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – The National Rifle Association is targeting U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin after years of endorsing the West Virginia Democrat.
Manchin has continued to push to broaden background checks to include firearms sold online or at gun shows.
The NRA says it launched a TV ad Wednesday urging state residents to call Manchin over the measure.
Manchin says the NRA is more concerned about political power than gun rights and safety.
The ad seeks to link Manchin with President Barack Obama and New York City Major Mike Bloomberg.
The new TV spot contrasts Manchin’s current proposal with his 2010 campaign ad, in which Manchin shoots a rifle while touting his support of Second Amendment rights.
The NRA says it will spend $100,000 to air its ad over the next two weeks.