Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, could not gain the endorsement from the National Rifle Association. Last month the NRA floated the idea that Mr. Reid may very well get their endorsement for his re-election run. Perplexed conservatives were astounded and demanded answers from the NRA. Some speculated that Republicans cannot take back the Senate in November, and Senator Chuck Schumer, New York Democrat and an ardent anti-gun legislator, is a threat to Mr. Reid’s leadership position. Perhaps member voices were heard loud and clear on Friday at NRA headquarters in Virginia. In a statement the pro-fire arm organization said:(emphasis is mine):
In the coming days and weeks, the NRA Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) will be announcing endorsements and candidate ratings in hundreds of federal races, as well as thousands of state legislative races. Unless these announcements are required by the timing of primary or special elections, the NRA-PVF generally does not issue endorsements while important legislative business is pending. The NRA-PVF also operates under a long-standing policy that gives preference to incumbent candidates who have voted with the NRA on key issues, which is explained in more detail here. The U.S. Senate recently considered a number of issues important to NRA members, including the confirmation of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. Out of respect for the confirmation process, the NRA did not announce its position on Ms. Kagan’s confirmation until the conclusion of her testimony before the Senate Judiciary committee. Her evasive testimony exacerbated grave concerns we had about her long-standing hostility towards the Second Amendment. As a result, the NRA strongly opposed her confirmation and made it clear at the time that we would be scoring this important vote. The vote on Elena Kagan’s confirmation to the Court, along with the previous year’s confirmation vote on Sonia Sotomayor, are critical for the future of the Second Amendment. After careful consideration, the NRA-PVF announced today that it will not be endorsing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for re-election in the 2010 U.S. Senate race in Nevada.
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