DEERFIELD, IL – Democratic Candidate for state Senate, Julie Morrison, is calling on her Republican opponent to clarify his affiliation with the National Rifle Association (NRA) and its Illinois affiliate, the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA). According to an October 2nd article in the Deerfield Patch, the Friedman campaign claims no affiliation with the NRA.
“In Dr. Friedman’s last campaign, he made it clear that he had close ties with the NRA,” Morrison said. “Now, Dr. Friedman is denying having any ties. These contradicting remarks are sending mixed messages to voters, and hopefully, Dr. Friedman will clarify his stance on gun control soon.
According to a correspondence obtained by the Morrison campaign, Friedman is quoted on the NRA-affiliated blog, “AR15.com” as saying, “As an aside, I am or have been in the past a member of JPFO, NRA, ISRA, and IllinoisCarry.”
According to a 2010 article in the conservative Illinois Review, Dr. Friedman received an “A” rating from the NRA for his support of concealed carry legislation during his 2010 run for Congress. The article goes on to quote Friedman as saying, “I am honored to receive the NRA’s highest rating.”
“This is another example of Arie Friedman trying to hide from his past,” Morrison Campaign Manager Bill Doerrer said. “How can Arie Friedman be touting his ties to the NRA in 2010, but claim no affiliation with the group in 2012? The voters of the 29th District deserve to know where their candidates truly stand on issues as important as gun control, and also who they affiliate themselves with.