2022 NRA Board Nominees (Updated)

A friend just passed along the list of official nominees for the 2022 NRA Board of Directors.

I count at least four former NRA Presidents including the odious Marion Hammer, one sitting congressman (Don Young of Alaska), one former US Senator who didn’t run for re-election due to scandal, and two former congressmen. Then there is the Spiro Agnew of the NRA, 1st VP Willes Lee, who only first got on the Board in 2017 when he filled an open position.

The rest of the list is filled with people who can be depended upon not to make waves nor cause problems for Wayne. I wish I was wrong on that but I doubt it.

The only North Carolinian on the list is Cathy Wright of Chapel Hill. About all I know about her is that she won an award from NRA-ILA for grassroots activism in 2018 and is active with the NC Rifle and Pistol Association. From what I understand, she is their Publicity Chair.

UPDATE: I went back to check my 2019 ballot and it is interesting to see who was elected then that did not get re-nominated. The most obvious person missing is Ollie North. While the leading vote getter in the 2019 Board election, his attempt to rein in the Brewer expenses among other things led to Wayne’s sabotaging him for re-election as President. While still officially a member of the Board of Directors, he hasn’t been around since that Annual Meeting in Indianapolis.

Others current board members on that 2019 ballot who have not been re-nominated include Karl Malone, Mark “Oz” Geist, and Bart Skelton. Malone has been on the board for a number of years but has not been actually sworn in to the best of my knowledge. I don’t know what Oz Geist was left off the ballot. However, Bart Skelton obviously ran afoul of the Friends of Wayne aka the Nominations Committee when he joined Judge Phil Journal is calling for the appointment of an examiner in the bankruptcy case.

I also have learned that Andrea Cerwinske of Gainesville, VA served as the top assistant to former NRA President and former head of General Operations Kayne Robinson. She is now a VP with Aimpoint according to her LinkedIn profile. Another role she had at the NRA was as special assistant to Wayne for two plus years. I guess that says everything you will ever need to know.

My first draft of this post made mention that the North Carolina Rifle and Pistol Association could not be bothered to testify at the General Assembly hearings on the repeal of the NC pistol purchase permit. As I didn’t have confirmation of that when I first posted this, I left it out. I have since gotten confirmation. That, of course, didn’t stop them for taking credit for the repeal which is par for the course.

6 thoughts on “2022 NRA Board Nominees (Updated)”

  1. Given the current situation with NRA leadership, I decided to not bother voting for directors in 2021 and I don’t see myself changing course for 2022. We know the official list of nominees are just toadies for Wayne and I would not want to put someone I respected at risk by helping them get on the board, given their own tenuous legal position. That may be shortsighted, but no one can convince me that with the current situation there is any way for membership to elect a board that can in any way be effective in pulling the NRA out of its current nosedive into oblivion. I will maintain my membership, and may make donations to the political action arms of the organization, but until the leadership changes they won’t see my vote approving their activities or any or my money.

    1. If a petition candidate makes it, then I would suggest considering a vote for them. The key would be to bullet vote for only that person(s). If they’ve taken the effort to get on the board as a petition candidate who could (in theory) win, they know the situation they are facing and the likelihood of success or failure. However, as we’ve seen with the legal cases, it can give them new grounds for action if they did somehow get on the board.

      I respect your position that you wouldn’t want to put someone you respect at serious legal risk. I feel the same way. However, I also respect the agency that people have to make their own risk assessments and decide what they can or cannot afford to do.

      Voting doesn’t give NRA anything. It doesn’t create any substantially higher hurdles for others seeking to run in the future. (One reason I didn’t object to the bylaws change on petition signatures is because if you can’t get ~700 valid signatures, you can’t likely get the ~65,000 votes usually required to solidly win a seat.) The better petition candidates do, the clearer the message of spreading discontent.

  2. Frank Tait is trying to get enough signatures to get on the ballot. Made more difficult since they significantly shortened the time to gather signatures. I will probably just be voting for him.

    1. Having seen the list of nominees, he would be the only one that I would vote for. The rest have been vetted as “Friends of Wayne”.

      1. I think he has a website if you want to sign a ballot in support of him getting on the ballot. They require a “wet” signature so electronic signatures don’t count, they are stacking the deck against him getting on the ballot. He is still short a couple hundred signatures short and would like to get beyond the “margin of Wayne” since they disqualified 300 signatures last year.

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