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Old 07-18-2019, 6:01 AM
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https://www.politico.com/story/2019/...eparts-1418836
The turmoil at the National Rifle Association continues to build, with Jennifer Baker, the organization’s longtime director of public affairs, stepping down from her post.

Baker’s departure, which was confirmed by several people familiar with the matter, could further complicate the group’s ability to play in the 2020 election. She had been playing a key role in mapping out the NRA’s electoral strategy.

The move comes one month after Chris Cox, the NRA’s chief political architect, resigned. Cox had deep relationships with Republican political class, and with his exit many of the party’s top strategists have expressed concern that the organization will be severely hamstrung heading into the presidential election. The NRA plays a major role in turning out gun owners, and many in the party are worried that the group will be less effective in 2020.

The NRA has long been a centerpiece of the Republican Party ecosystem. But the organization has found itself in intense chaos in recent months, confronting embarrassing tales of self-dealing at its highest levels of leadership, a failed coup attempt and an investigation by the New York attorney general into its tax-exempt status.


An NRA spokesman declined to comment on the latest exit.

Baker, who has worked at the pro-gun group for the last six years, was a part of Cox’s inner circle and was among those who helped to orchestrate the NRA’s 2016 offensive backing Donald Trump against Hillary Clinton.

Jason Ouimet, a former head of federal affairs at the NRA, has been tapped as a temporary replacement for Cox.
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Old 07-18-2019, 6:15 AM
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Never heard of her ! Good riddance !
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Old 07-18-2019, 7:32 AM
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Quotes from Politico? On 2A forum. Facepalm. Bloomberg’s campaign is working. Keep drumming up fake controversies.
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Jennifer Baker is (or was) the Director of Public Affairs at the ILA.

According to a CNN article just posted...

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...Jennifer Baker has exited her role as the director of public affairs for the NRA lobbying arm, a source confirmed to CNN Thursday.

Andrew Arulanandam, an NRA spokesman, did not comment directly on Baker's departure, but said via a written statement that the NRA was consolidating its press shops.

"The NRA announced a reorganization of its public affairs function this week. The change consolidates and improves our communications, public affairs, and social media functions. All these operations now operate under one department, eliminating a parallel function in NRA-ILA (Institute for Legislative Action)," Arulanandam said. "We are excited about the change and the benefits it brings to the organization and its members."...
If you don't like CNN, there's always this one, quoting the same statement from Arulanandam.

In other words, it may have nothing to do with being a so-called 'traitor.' (That is potentially 'spin.') Her position may have simply been eliminated.

She did, however, release a statement when Cox was suspended...

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...Jennifer Baker, a spokesman for the NRA's lobbying arm, said Cox and LaPierre had "worked closely together for a quarter of a century, and any notion that Chris participated in a coup is absurd. Chris Cox is known as a calming force who always acts in the best interests of our members by effectively defending the Second Amendment, so it's not surprising that board members would reach out to him for advice during tumultuous times."

But Carolyn Meadows, who succeeded North as NRA president, said in a statement: "I fully support the actions undertaken today. The NRA is moving forward on all fronts, especially with regard to serving our members and focusing on the crucial upcoming elections."...
That, potentially, put her on the 'wrong side' of things for some as well. If they were considering eliminating positions, such would not have helped the politics involved in remaining.

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Old 07-18-2019, 8:55 AM
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Sounds like she got downsized. Eliminating a position is a strategy used by companies to "clean house" without exposing themselves to a lawsuit for wrongful termination.

My guess is that the majority of her job functions will continue to be needed, but they'll have that carried out under a different title like "Vice-President of Communications" or something along those lines.
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Old 07-18-2019, 9:56 AM
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All NRA PR will now be run out of one office in NRA. Which I think is another mistake since ILA and NRA have to be kept separate for tax purposes. But hey never interrupt Wayne while he is screwing up.

PS people who wanted to write articles about this change could not get their calls returned.

Was this Baker chick related to James A Baker who ran the ILA back in throttle 1990? Someone asked me and I never made the connection before.

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Here is a purported copy of LaPierre's memo announcing the consolidation of NRA's public affairs, eliminating Baker's position (see my post above).

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...The restructuring efforts above are as a result of extensive research, reflection, and listening to the concerns and suggestions from staff and key stakeholders. We aim to utilize our innovation on an all-encompassing scale while unifying the underlying processes and sales/advertising opportunities critical to our organizational health and vitality...
I say 'purported' in that the memo is dated a day after the posts in this thread announcing the consolidation and Jennifer Baker's ouster. Also, according to Rolling Stone, LaPierre sent an e-mail to NRA staff on 16 July with partially the same verbiage.

In other words, both the e-mail and the memo aren't .pdf copies and can't be separated from the text of the blog post or article.

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Never heard of her ! Good riddance !
Intriguing post! Kinda makes me wonder if you were being sarcastic?

You'd never heard of her but nonetheless you have the opinion that it was good to get rid of her despite apparently not knowing whether or not she was great at her job?
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Was she hot?
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All news reports is not good at NRA HQ. It sounds like the NRA needs an overhaul at the top.
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Intriguing post! Kinda makes me wonder if you were being sarcastic?

You'd never heard of her but nonetheless you have the opinion that it was good to get rid of her despite apparently not knowing whether or not she was great at her job?
Chris Cox and Oliver North were trying a coup to take replace Wayne La Pierre with themselves.
Jennifer was aligned with Chris Cox.
Good riddance !
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