The NRA’s Political Victory Fund specifically cited, “Murphy’s leadership on the ‘National Right to Carry Reciprocity Act; and the ‘The Veterans’ Heritage Firearms Act’” and his, “unwavering support of the Second Amendment.”
“I’m honored to again earn the endorsement of the National Rifle Association. Our constitutional liberties are under siege like no other time in recent memory. I will continue to proudly work with the thousands of NRA members in Southwestern Pennsylvania to protect the Second Amendment and stand strong against the Obama Administration anti-gun agenda.”
The organization has a policy of automatically endorsing any incumbent with a sufficiently high rating. In Murphy’s case, an “A.”
Feinberg has obtained endorsements from a number of prominent conservative figures, including the national organizations FreedomWorks, as well as Senators (and his former employers) Tom Coburn and Rand Paul.
However, Murphy’s backing from the NRA, taken with endorsements by Pa. and national pro-life groups, give him endorsements from two major pillars of the GOP. And the NRA-PVF sends small orange postcards that list endorsed candidates to its members – no small benefit in a congressional district with one of the highest concentration of NRA members in the country.
“The NRA stamp of approval is so important because many in Southwestern Pennsylvania are members of the organization and supporters of the Second Amendment,” said Murphy campaign manager James Genovese.
Feinberg said Murphy’s support for gun rights is soft, and tweaked the NRA for its endorsement policy.
“Gun Owners of America has graded [Murphy] as low as B-minus and notes that he voted against gun rights 25 percent of the time in 2011. In fact, Murphy doesn’t even own a gun,” he said.
“The NRA, while well-intentioned, focuses on rewarding incumbents for voting with them on the big-ticket items. They’ve supported dozens of liberals, even earning a rebuke from Speaker Boehner: ‘When you lie down with the dogs, you might get fleas.’”