By NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – State Sen. Alan Nunnelee of Tupelo, the Republican nominee for U.S. House, on Thursday issued a statement admitting he expects the National Rifle Association to endorse his Nov. 2 ballot opponent, incumbent U.S. Rep. Travis Childers of Booneville.
His statement reminded voters that he, too, had the NRA’s pat on the back at other times in his political career. And he offered an explanation for the likely Childers endorsement, saying the NRA has a “friendly-incumbent rule,” meaning it doesn’t oppose incumbents who are strong on gun rights.
Nunnelee said he’s honored to have received the NRA’s endorsement in previous campaigns for office and noted support in the recent Republican primary from Gun Owners of America.
His campaign also said that in a May letter, the NRA thanked Nunnelee for his “leadership on Second Amendment issues during the 2010 session of the Mississippi Legislature” and his “long record of support for NRA-backed initiatives.”