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NRA Backs Murphy

The political arm of the National Rifle Association has endorsed Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Allegheny) in his primary versus Evan Feinberg.

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.'”

6 Responses

  1. Feinberg did not accuse the NRA of being a liberal organization, he criticized their endorsement policy. Defaulting to an incumbent who appears on the surface to support gun ownership rights is foolish because sometimes, when you look a little deeper, you find their support is not so great or sincere. Defaulting endorsement to the incumbent has meant that sometimes the NRA has actually supported the more liberal candidate. Feinberg was just pointing out that this has happened in the past. And here with the NRA’s endorsement of Murphy we have case in point.

  2. Wow. What possibly could Feinberg be thinking serving up that quote attacking the NRA as a liberal group, yea that’s a great idea in a Republican primary. Let Feinberg try and reel that blooper back in! Tim Murphy must be giggling like a schoolgirl over his “challenger” who is clearly not ready for prime time.

  3. Breaking news Murphy wins the Rep. Primary.

    Feinberg response- Congressman Murphy got elected by a liberal group and I got more conservative votes.

    Feinberg can’t handle any negative news.

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