Inside Pitch
10:09 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Anti-NRA ad tries to nudge Portman

A liberal group, Moveon.org, is running a cable TV ad in Ohio critical of the National Rifle Association (NRA) - one that is clearly aimed at putting pressure on Ohio's junior senator, Republican Rob Portman, according to the Huffington Post.  

The ad features an Ohio resident, Jerry Thompson  - a gun owner and Moveon.org member - saying that after the NRA's "disgusting response" to the the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, "I've had enough."

"The NRA doesn't speak for me; and it doesn't speak for the vast majority of Americans,'' Thompson said. "So stop taking their money."

Portman, a gun owner and hunter, has an "A" rating from the NRA; and the NRA spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to help get him elected to the Senate in 2010.

But, after the Sandy Hook massacre, Portman was one of a handful of Republican legislators who said he would consider all options  - including a  ban on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, along with putting armed guards in schools.

With the ad - one of series Moveon.org will run in targeted states - the group is hoping to push Portman to consider backing the gun control legislation currently in the Senate.

You can watch the ad and read the Huffington Post story here.