Retired UMSC Lt. Col. Oliver North, who rose to national prominence amid the Iran-Contra scandal and parlayed his military background into a role as a Fox News pundit, will become the new president of the National Rifle association. He takes over in a few weeks but his retirement from Fox News is effective immediately.
“This is the most exciting news for our members since Charlton Heston became President of our Association,” NRA Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre said in a statement. “Oliver North is a legendary warrior for American freedom, a gifted communicator and skilled leader. In these times, I can think of no one better suited to serve as our president.”
The NRA’s 147th annual convention, which ended Sunday in Dallas, began with North delivering the invocation.
“I am honored to have been selected by the NRA Board to soon serve as this great organization’s President,” North said in a statement. “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.”
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