The National Rifle Association is launching a six figure ad campaign against former the pro-gun darling of West Virginia, Senator Joe Manchin (D). Below is the explanatory press release:
The 30-second TV ad will run in the Charleston and Bluefield media markets and is comprised mostly of excerpts from President Trump’s speech at a recent rally for Republican candidate Patrick Morrissey.
What is ever so interesting is that Sen. Manchin got major support from the NRA in 2010 when he started his first campaign for Senate. Chris Cox gave the good senator a glowing review back then:
Joe Manchin’s support for individual gun ownership rights has earned him an “A” rating and endorsement from the NRA-PVF. We ask all West Virginia gun owners, hunters and NRA members to vote Joe Manchin for U.S. Senate on November 2nd.
– Chris Cox, NRA 2010
Manchin is just one more example of a disturbing pattern of NRA-supported candidates betraying the organization. And they all don’t have a (D) after their names. It has happened on both the state and federal levels, Florida and Vermont being two of the most prominent as they’ve both passed gun control legislation recently under the signatures of GOP governors Phil Scott and Rick Scott.
Both West Virginia’s Manchin and Tennessee Senate candidate Phil Bredesen are two once-favored candidates who now find the NRA actively backing and working for their opponents. Whether or not that makes an impression on future potential turncoats probably depends largely on the how these two fare in November.