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NRA Board Endorsements

We’ve traditionally done yearly NRA Board endorsements here on this blog, where we’ve promoted board members we either know or like, and encouraged readers to mark them on their ballots which should be in this month’s copy of your NRA magazine. We’re still planning on doing that this year, but are running kind of behind because of how little time I have with my current work load. Last year we did some interviews with candidates, and I would like to do that again this year. So stay tuned.

10 Responses to “NRA Board Endorsements”

  1. Jeff Knox says:

    We have posted the list of candidates, bio’s, links, and my recommendations for the NRA Board of Directors election over at http://www.GunVoter.org. The forum is open to comments and questions and we are inviting candidates to participate on the site.
    I’m looking forward to seeing what you guys have to say about this year’s candidates. Historically you have tended to endorse primarily people who are best known and always top vote-getters. This year I’ll offer you a challenge: There are 24 incumbents and 7 new candidates running for 25 seats. Rather than naming a handful of top candidates you support, how about listing which 5 or 6 candidates you think should not be elected this year?
    How about it? Up to the challenge?
    Jeff Knox – The Firearms Coalition

    • Bitter says:

      You act as though we haven’t done that before, Jeff. We did, very publicly, and very much against the tide from both the industry and new media sphere. In fact, the original non-endorsement was so damning that it even got picked up in the Wall Street Journal when talking about distrust with Cerberus in one of their last acquisitions.

      We’ve never picked people because they are popular. We endorsed Joe DeBergalis last year – a new face to the board. Other endorsed candidates like Scott Bach and Edie Reynolds are hardly rock-star names that are known to every gunnie in the world. Sure, we endorsed Ronnie Barrett, but we did so because we respect his very public work for the gun issue that stems beyond pure business concerns.

      Besides, why do you think another non-endorsement post isn’t in the works already? I can assure you, there is.

  2. Sebastian says:

    We’ve traditionally done a few kind-of-sort-of non-endorsements. We will do at least one this year.

  3. Rustmeister says:

    I love the work y’all put in on these endorsements/non-endorsements, especially how you explain your choices.

  4. thirdpower says:

    I know about 5 people that are definite votes for me but I always appreciate the information ALL of you put out on the candidates.

    And yes, I did get a ballot this year.

  5. Jeff Knox says:

    You’re right, I was probably being a bit unfair in the implications of my post. Upon reflection, I’ve generally agreed with most of your endorsements – and there is definitely no harm in endorsing the shoo-ins, it just seems superfluous to me. The quality and credentials of most of the current directors and candidates makes it very difficult to make recommendations each year. The fact that almost all of the directors choose to continue running year after year means that, at best, we usually see only two or three new faces added to the Board in any given year. While there is value in stability and experience, there is also stagnation and acceptance of the status quo. Getting more fresh thinking requires getting rid of some of the old, stale thinking. My big concern is that new folks will bump directors who are doing a good job – thus my challenge to point out the 5 or 6 candidates who you don’t think should make the cut. I’d also like to hear more from local activists about the candidates from their home states. How well known and respected are they back home?
    I apologize for being a bit to quick and not thoughtful enough in my original comment. I look forward to seeing what you have to say about our choices this year.
    Jeff Knox — The Firearms Coalition

  6. FatWhiteMan says:

    I just received my ballot on Monday–pretty late this year. I haven’t had time to do any research yet and look forward to reading yours. I did notice one name that will not be getting my vote–and probably getting a negative blog post as well–and that is Joaquin Jackson. I can’t believe he was nominated after proving that he is a closet anti. He should have just faded away.

  7. Sebastian says:

    Joaquin isn’t an anti — but I think he shouldn’t be on the board.

  8. Dave Hardy says:

    Got my own favorite–

    http://www.carolbamberynra.com

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