The supposed rating appeared prominently on a mailer to Republicans with the words: "A" rating from the NRA. Member, NRA, Gun Owners of America. The NRA Statement indicated that ratings and endorsements in this race will be released "at a later date" and will come from the The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) directly.
Matt Hoagland, Eichenbaum's campaign manager, told Xpress that a statement from the campaign will be forthcoming.
— Michael Muller, contributing reporter
UPDATE (6:51 PM)
The Eichenbaum campaign, in response to the XPress story, issued the following statement (reproduced in its entirety):
April 30, 2010
Eichenbaum will continue to vigorously defend the 2nd Amendment
ASHEVILLE, NC - It has recently come to the attention of the Eichenbaum campaign that there may be some confusion pertaining to a recent mailing espousing Dr. Dan's unequivocal support of the 2nd Amendment. On April 13th at 9:57am, prior to sending the mail-piece in question, the campaign contacted Jeff Freeman, Senior Federal Lobbyist of NRA Federal Affairs, at the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) both to ensure that the NRA's candidate questionnaire had been received and also to assess what rating, if any, had been given to Dr. Eichenbaum. During the call, which lasted approximately 8 minutes, Mr. Freeman confirmed receipt of the candidate questionnaire and stated that Dr. Dan Eichenbaum's questionnaire had received the highest possible rating, an "A". In addition, Mr. Freeman said that the NRA would not be making an express endorsement within the primary election.
Dr. Eichenbaum was pleased to have had the NRA rate his questionnaire with such high marks and was surprised to learn of the apparent miscommunication within the distinguished organization, of which he is a proud member. "I remain proud of the NRA's "A" rating on my candidate questionnaire", Dr. Eichenbaum stated, "I am also proud my 100% rating by "Grassroots North Carolina", our state's leading advocate and defender of 2nd Amendment rights."
In conclusion Dr. Dan stated, "The real testament of my unwavering position on the second amendment can be evidenced by the incredible outpouring of support, volunteers, and votes that I have received by the men and women of this district who feel as strongly about the protection of our right to bear arms as I do. As your next congressman, I understand that the most important words in the 2nd Amendment are "...shall not be infringed." and I will vigorously advocate for the protection of this important right."
Dr. Dan Eichenbaum is, and will continue to be, the strongest of advocates for the 2nd Amendment and the preservation of our right, as Americans, to keep and bear arms.
For additional information or to schedule an interview with Dr. Dan Eichenbaum please contact Brian Umbarger at 828-216-6645 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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