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Some TN NRA Members Not Happy With Attack on Maggart

The Huffington Post reports there was a bit of a backlash from Sumner County NRA members over the organization’s attack on House Republican Caucus Chairman Debra Maggart.
The group’s involvement didn’t sit well with 15 local residents, who signed a critical letter to Chris Cox, the NRA’s top lobbyist. The letter appeared as a full-page ad in the local Hendersonville Star News on Wednesday, the day before the election.
“As a D.C. lobbyist, if you ever make the 700 mile trip and come to Sumner County, we would love to sit down with you and ask why you are trying to force decisions on the people who live in a place, that as far as we know, you’ve never seen,” they wrote.
…One of the people who signed the letter was Bill Sinks, a lifelong Republican and an NRA member. He told The Huffington Post that he is dropping his membership in the gun group because of its campaign against Maggart.
“It’s a personal attack against Debra, number one. It’s unfounded,” he said. “Number two, it’s not about the National Rifle Association. It’s about power and their ability to change politics. That’s what it’s about. And they said they would do anything in their power to beat her, and that’s what they did.”
When asked what influence the NRA’s money had in the race, he replied, “Everything.”
“It was a battle against the state of Tennessee. That’s basically what it was. And they used Debra as their scapegoat,” he added, calling her a “good person” and characterizing Rogers as someone who hasn’t lived in the area very long and is relatively unknown to the constituents.