After Pete Brownell issued a statement that he will not be seeking a second term as NRA president, the search for a new one ended when Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North accepted the job in his pending absence.
The process of leadership change was initiated Monday, according to the NRA and Fox News. North will retire from his position at Fox News and will take over his new leadership role of the NRA in the coming weeks.
"I am honored to have been selected by the NRA Board to soon serve as this great organization's President," North said in a news release. "I appreciate the board initiating a process that affords me a few weeks to set my affairs in order, and I am eager to hit the ground running as the new NRA President."
Social media buzzed with the news as Americans offered their insights into North’s character and reputation that seemed exactly suited for the NRA’s interests.
But not everyone was thrilled with North’s reputation, considering his role in the Iran-Contra Affair, in which he was convicted of charges involving the arrangement of weapons sales to Iran to divert the proceeds to anti-Communist rebels in Nicaragua. He became the public figure of the scandal and was convicted in 1989 of obstructing Congress during the investigation, among other things. His conviction was later overturned in 1991.
But many more are excited about North taking over the NRA. NRA executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre shared his enthusiasm for North in a recent statement:
"Oliver North is, hands down, the absolute best choice to lead our NRA Board, to fully engage with our members, and to unflinchingly stand and fight for the great freedoms he has defended his entire life," he said in a statement, according to CNN.
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