Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) has received the National Rifle Association's endorsement in the special election for governor, which will be held October 4.
His campaign announced the endorsement Tuesday morning, releasing an excerpt of the letter the NRA sent to Tomblin:
"Your ‘A’ rating is a reflection of your record on Second Amendment issues during your 37-year career in elective office as well as your responses to our state candidate questionnaire,” Daniel M. Carey, West Virginia State Liaison for NRA-ILA State and Local Affairs, wrote in a letter to Tomblin. “During your tenure in office, you have consistently proven your commitment to protecting the rights of law-abiding firearm owners and sportsmen in West Virginia.”
Tomblin has received the NRA's endorsement in previous races during his career in the state Senate.
Interestingly, his opponent Bill Maloney (R) began airing TV ads statewide Tuesday in which he touts his NRA membership, his outsider status and work in the drilling industry.
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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) released a letter earlier this week, in which he asked Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to pick him as well.
Reid ended up choosing Sens. John Kerry (D-MA), Patty Murray (D-WA) and Max Baucus (D-MT).
House Speaker John Boehner has named GOP Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas to co-chair the powerful new committee that will try to come up with a bipartisan plan this fall to reduce the federal budget deficit by more than $1 trillion.
Boehner also named Reps. Dave Camp and Fred Upton, both of Michigan, to the committee.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has not announced her picks, leaving three open spots on the 12-member bipartisan committee.