NASHVILLE — Former House Republican Chairwoman Debra Maggart, defeated in her bid for re-election as a state representative after being attacked by the National Rifle Association, has taken her counterattack on the gun lobby to the national media.
In an opinion piece for The New York Times and a lengthy videotaped interview with The Huffington Post last week, Maggart characterizes the NRA tactics as bullying and intimidation intended to inspire fundraising.
“They ran 12 full-page newspaper ads featuring my picture with one of President (Barack) Obama stating I was for gun control. They ran radio ads, robo calls, posted a “Defeat Maggart” website, produced a YouTube video of their chief lobbyist explaining to their members why I should be defeated, and did nine mailings. They posted my photo with President Obama’s on three of the five billboards in my Republican hometown (Hendersonville),” she wrote in the Times opinion article.
Read the full story on the Knoxville News Sentinel website.