This week’s resignation of Chris Cox, veteran executive director of the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action, left a lot of people stunned, others not so much, depending upon to whom one listens.
Cox had been “suspended” about a week earlier over his alleged connection to what has been described by some as an “attempted coup” to oust longtime NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre. Cox strongly denied that assertion.
Having led ILA since 2002, Cox was seen by many as the heir apparent of the top management position if or when LaPierre, 69, decides to retire. Now that appears to be no longer the case, adding to the confusion among members and non-members about NRA’s situation.
The embattled NRA has been under fired for several weeks following reports of budget problems and dueling lawsuits filed by the organization against its longtime public relations firm, Ackerman McQueen, and a subsequent legal action by “Ack-Mac” against NRA. A separate legal action had been filed against former NRA President Oliver North, said to have tried to get LaPierre to resign during the annual convention in Indianapolis in April.