The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund has endorsed Republican Mark Green for Tennessee’s Seventh Congressional District seat this week.
Republican Marsha Blackburn currently occupies that seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. She is right now running for the U.S. Senate.
In their endorsement, NRA officials describe Green as “a longtime champion for gun owners” who fought for the Second Amendment in the Tennessee State Senate.
“I’m proud to receive the NRA’s endorsement,” Green said in a press release.
“In the State Senate, I have led the fight to expand gun rights to law-abiding citizens and championed the constitutional carry bill in the state. I defended each of the freedoms in the Constitution when I went to Iraq and Afghanistan, and if elected to Congress, you can count on me to continue fighting for the Second Amendment.”
Green is a lifetime member of the NRA and has collaborated with the organization on numerous legislative efforts. In his latest re-election campaign to the State Senate, Green received an A+ on the NRA-ILA’s scorecard and also received their endorsement, according to the press release.
Green’s opponent in the race, Democrat Justin Kanew, has reportedly pledged not to accept any NRA contributions, according to his campaign website.
Kanew did not return The Tennessee Star’s requests for comment Wednesday.
This past March, Kanew spoke at an anti-NRA rally outside of Blackburn’s office in Franklin. Members of Moms Demand Action also participated in that rally, according to The Williamson Herald.
The NRA is the latest of many national grassroots organizations to support Green’s campaign. He has previously received endorsements from the Club for Growth, Family Research Council Action, Combat Veterans for Congress, FreedomWorks, House Freedom Fund, Campaign for Working Families, and GOPAC.
The NRA has already endorsed Blackburn in her run against Democrat Phil Bredesen, a former Tennessee governor.
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