NRA president coming to Greencastle

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

David Keene, the President of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the Chairman of the American Conservative Union (ACU) is coming to Greencastle in April. He will be the keynote speaker at the Franklin County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner Wednesday, April 3 at Green Grove Gardens.

Keene has been President of the NRA since 2011 and Chairman of the ACU since 1984.  The NRA is the nation’s leading proponent of Second Amendment rights and the ACU is the nation’s oldest and largest conservative lobbying organization and the sponsor of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), the nation’s largest gathering of conservatives.  Since 1971, ACU’s Congressional Ratings have become the gold standard in holding every member of Congress accountable for their voting record by scoring some of the most important issues facing our nation. As a result, the ACU Ratings of Congress has throughout its 41 editions included a wide variety of issues covering votes on taxes, wasteful government spending, cultural issues, defense and foreign policy.

Keene has attended the University of Wisconsin Law School, has been a John F. Kennedy Fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, a First Amendment Fellow at Vanderbilt University’s Freedom Forum, and a member of the Board of Visitors at Duke University’s Public Policy School.

Keene’s involvement in presidential politics extends back to the Nixon Administration, where he served as a Special Assistant to Vice President Spiro Agnew. His Capitol Hill experience includes such varied roles as Executive Assistant to New York Senator Jim Buckley; Southern Regional Political Director for Ronald Reagan’s 1976 presidential campaign; National Political Director for George Bush’s 1980 presidential race; Senior Advisor to former Senator Bob Dole in 1988 and advisor to Dole’s presidential campaign in 1996.

Keene is recognized as one of the chief spokesmen for conservative principles and politics. Accordingly, he is regularly featured on a variety of radio, television and print media, and has written for publications such as National Review, the Washington Times and the Boston Globe. He is also a columnist for the Hill, a newspaper covering Congress.

The dinner is set for 7 p.m. with a VIP Reception before at 6:15 p.m.

Ticket prices are $60 each for adult, including a one year NRA membership, extension or gift membership or $100 for a VIP reception, plus dinner and membership. For attendees under 18, a $25 ticket is available with no membership. Tables of eight are available for $450.  Door prizes will be awarded.

Other local, state and national speakers have been invited.