TULSA, OK – A mailer that was sent out to constituents for the special election in Senate District 34 to replace former Sen. Rick Brinkley seems to have made a false claim.
John Feary, candidate in the Republican primary, stated on the mailing that he had received an “A” rating from the NRA. Additionally, these claims were also made on radio commercials being played on Tulsa radio stations in advance of the November 10th election.
The only problem with the claim is that the NRA has not given out any ratings to any of the candidates in this race. By searching the NRA website for candidate or elected official ratings, no candidates for the State Senate race appear on the website.
A spokeswoman for the NRA, Catherine Mortensen told FortySix News, “the NRA has not given any ratings nor endorsed any candidates in this special election to fill this Oklahoma state senate seat.”
Even if the NRA would have released their ratings, the highest rating available to a candidate not currently holding an elected position with a voting record is an “AQ” rating, not an “A”.
FortySix News reached out to Feary’s campaign on Friday evening and have not heard back.
The special election for Senate District 34 will be held on Tuesday, November 10, 2015. You can find more information about the candidates on FortySix News 2015 Elections page.