The campaign of Rep. Tom Perriello, D-Albemarle, sends out this interesting release. Anytime the National Rifle Association endorses a Democrat, it’s worth noting. But it seems odd to announce something before it happens . . .
Here’s the full release; when we know more, we’ll let you know:
Perriello Expected to Receive NRA Endorsement
September 23, 2010–Ivy, VA–The Perriello for Congress campaign proudly announced that it expects to receive the endorsement of the National Rifle Association in the 5th district race when endorsements are announced next week. The NRA is the nation’s oldest and largest gun-rights organization in the nation.
“Tom has strongly defended Second Amendment rights in Congress and will continue to be a voice for Virginia’s hunters and sportsmen. Tom hasn’t been afraid to stand up to members of his own party when it comes to fighting for the Second Amendment, and the NRA’s endorsement will signify to Virginia gun owners that they can continue to count on Tom to represent them,” said Jessica Barba, spokeswoman for the Perriello campaign.
In 2008, Perriello earned an AQ rating from the NRA, the highest rating possible for a non-incumbent. A member of the Congressional Sportsman Caucus, Perriello has been a strong supporter of gun rights in Congress, opposing the Obama Administration on its plans to reinstate the assault weapons ban and co-sponsoring key legislation like the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity bill. He also defended the NRA against liberal and conservative attacks during the debate on the DISCLOSE Act and joined the NRA’s amicus brief in the Supreme Court case McDonald vs. City of Chicago.