Friday, Aug. 27, 2010 | 1:46 p.m.
The National Rifle Association, which has long been a supporter of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, announced today it will not endorse Reid in his difficult bid against Republican Sharron Angle.
The organization cited Reid’s vote supporting the confirmation of the two Supreme Court justices appointed by President Obama.
“The vote on Elena Kagan's confirmation to the Court, along with the previous year's confirmation vote on Sonia Sotomayor, are critical for the future of the Second Amendment,” the statement said. “After careful consideration, the NRA-PVF announced today that it will not be endorsing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for re-election in the 2010 U.S. Senate race in Nevada.”
Despite supporting Reid with financial contributions and verbal praise, the NRA has never given him an official endorsement.
But the organization’s support has long been pointed to as an indication Reid is not as liberal as the agenda he pushes for his party as senate majority leader.
The NRA has not said yet whether it will endorse Angle. UPDATE: The Atlantic has confirmed the NRA won't endorse Angle either. Apparently withholding the endorsement from Reid was enough of a message.
In a written statement, Reid’s campaign manager Brandon Hall said the NRA’s financial support prove Reid is strong on Second Amendment issues.
“The NRA’s relationship with Sen. Reid has been long-standing and productive and, unlike for Sharron Angle, they’ve put their money where their mouth is this cycle,” he said.