Lt. Col. Oliver North is set to become the president of the gun lobby group.
North, best known these days political commentator and host of the Fox News show War Stories With Oliver North, will retire from his role at Fox News effective immediately, FNC reported.
But North, who worked for President Ronald Reagan’s National Security Council, became famous in the late 1980’s for his role in the Iran-Contra scandal, arranging the secret sale of weapons to Iran, which was subject to an arms embargo, proceeds of which funded Contra rebels in Nicaragua. He was convicted in 1989 of obstructing Congress’s investigation, destroying government documents. Those convictions were overturned in 1991.
“This is the most exciting news for our members since Charlton Heston became President of our Association,” group Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre said, calling North “a legendary warrior for American freedom, a gifted communicator and skilled leader.”
He is replacing Pete Brownell, who did not seek a second term, saying he wanted to focus on his family business, NRA said.
After today’s anouncement, NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch tweeted a victory lap:
And, a you would expect, Twitter erupted with the news: