Do you think the NRA endorsement will help or hurt Kurt Schrader?
SALEM -- The National Rifle Association has endorsed democrat Kurt Schrader for the 5th congressional district in Oregon.
The NRA Web site states that the association opted to support Schrader because he co-signed several bills in Congress favored by the NRA.
Schrader has been in a very tough re-election race and welcomed the endorsement.
"I'm excited, proud, and frankly expected it. I'm a gun owner, a defender of the second amendment forever. I enjoy shooting quite a bit. I think I've been good on their issues," said Schrader.
The first term democrat hopes the endorsement will help him stand out in mid-term elections.
"I think its huge to be frank in this race," said Schrader. "I think it puts to rest the mythology of Kurt Schrader being a Washington DC --Pelosi clone or something like that. This blows right through that," he said.
On the other side, his opponent, Republican Scott Bruun also got an A rating from the NRA. But not the endorsement.
"I have the highest rating that the NRA gives a challenger. Voters in my current legislative district, and voters in the fifth district know where I stand on second amendment issues--I'm very strong on second amendment issues," said Bruun.
Oregon's fifth district stretches from Lake Oswego to Salem and out along much of the coast.