This is getting ugly.
First, there was the coup attempt against National Rifle Association chief executive and Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre led by former NRA President Ollie North at the convention in April. That led to North getting the boot, followed by a lawsuit by the NRA against its former head.
And now Chris Cox, the NRA's No. 2, has been suspended amid accusations that he was part of the failed coup.
This is from the New York Times Thursday:
The palace intrigue at the National Rifle Association deepened on Thursday as the gun group suspended its second-in-command and top lobbyist, accusing him of complicity in the recent failed coup against its chief executive, Wayne LaPierre.
The accusation came in a lawsuit filed Wednesday night in New York State Supreme Court against Oliver North, the N.R.A.'s former president, who led the attempt to oust Mr. LaPierre shortly before the group's annual convention in April. The complaint provides fresh detail about the effort against Mr. LaPierre, but it is the involvement of the organization's No. 2 official, Christopher, W. Cox, that will reverberate.
In the suit, the N.R.A. said that text messages and emails demonstrated that “another errant N.R.A. fiduciary, Chris Cox — once thought by some to be a likely successor for Mr. LaPierre — participated" in what was described as a conspiracy.
According to the Times, though the full context of the texts is unclear, it appears Cox and a NRA board member discussed ousting LaPierre.
Cox said in a statement, reported by the Times:
The allegations against me are offensive and patently false. For over 24 years I have been a loyal and effective leader in this organization. My efforts have always been focused on serving the members of the National Rifle Association, and I will continue to focus all of my energy on carrying out our core mission of defending the Second Amendment.
Cox has always been one of the best guys at the NRA, so let's hope that the NRA gets to the bottom of this quickly and that all is not as it seems.
The Second Amendment is too important to give left-wing outlets like the Times, as well as other anti-gun nuts, the opportunity to trash a group that has done so much to protect our rights.
This post has been updated.