The National Rifle Association (NRA) has endorsed West Virginia Senate GOP nominee Patrick Morrisey (R) in his bid to unseat Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinTrump administration seeks to use global aid for nuclear projects Shelley Moore Capito wins Senate primary West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice wins GOP gubernatorial primary MORE (D-W.Va.) in the November midterm elections.
In a Monday announcement, the organization said it backed Morrisey, who is currently West Virginia’s attorney general, and trusts him “to defend our constitutional rights.”
“Unlike Joe Manchin, Morrisey will stand strong against the Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Pelosi: Georgia primary ‘disgrace’ could preview an election debacle in November MORE and Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerOvernight Health Care: US showing signs of retreat in battle against COVID-19 | Regeneron begins clinical trials of potential coronavirus antibody treatment | CMS warns nursing homes against seizing residents’ stimulus checks Schumer requests briefing with White House coronavirus task force as cases rise Schumer on Trump’s tweet about 75-year-old protester: He ‘should go back to hiding in the bunker’ MORE anti-gun agenda,” Chris Cox, chairman of the NRA’s Political Victory Fund, said in a statement.
The NRA had previously endorsed Manchin in his 2012 Senate bid, but are now criticizing the senator for “working with Washington liberals like Pelosi and Schumer.”
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Morrisey accepted the NRA endorsement and stressed his pro-gun record in opposition to Manchin.
“West Virginians hold dear our right to protect ourselves and our families, so I’m proud to have fought to protect Second Amendment rights and I’m honored to have earned the NRA’s endorsement,” he said in a statement.
“Lying liberal Joe Manchin has disrespected West Virginia gun owners by standing with anti-gun liberals like Obama and Schumer in efforts to undermine the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.”
While the NRA’s endorsement came Tuesday, the group has spent thousands supporting his general election campaign, according to ProPublica.
The endorsement came the same day that Manchin released a viral ad showing himself using a rifle to shoot an anti-Obamacare lawsuit backed by Morrisey.
The NRA launched an ad campaign earlier this month explaining that Manchin’s new “D” rating from the group is based off of his support for criminalizing private firearm transfers between family members.