Republican Senate hopeful regrets NRA ‘flub’

David Clements, who is running to win the Republican nomination and the right to take on Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., this fall, said he mistakenly told listeners on a talk radio program he got an A rating from the National Rifle Association.

"It was a flub," Clements told New Mexico Watchdog on Thursday afternoon. "I don't think it was anything intentional."

Appearing on the Scott Stigler Show on 770KKOB Wednesday afternoon, Clements said he was told he received an A from the powerful conservative political action committee.

But Catherine Mortensen, a spokeswoman for the NRA based in Fairfax, Va., said the organization has not released ratings in the race between Clements and Allen Weh, who will face off June 3.

"The NRA has not made any endorsements in this primary race, nor have we given out grades to the candidates," Mortensen said in a telephone interview.

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