A fourth person has resigned from the National Rifle Association’s Board of Directors amid inner turmoil sweeping through the top ranks of the gun-rights group, according to a report.
Julie Golob, a gun rights advocate and professional sport shooter, announced Monday she was resigning from the 76-member board before her three-year term was up, the Washington Post reported.
“I am proud to have had the opportunity to represent the members of the National Rifle Association but I can no longer commit to fulfilling the duties of a director,” Golob wrote in a blog post on her website.
The former director did not offer a reason for her departure, only apologizing to supporters and saying her resignation was in the interest of her family.
“This was not a decision I made lightly. I apologize to those members who have supported me that I will not be completing the full 3-year term. I also feel this is the best decision for me and my family.”
Golob’s departure follows the resignations of three other board members in the last two weeks.
Esther Schneider, Sean Maloney and Timothy Knight quit in a joint resignation letter Aug. 1 that was obtained by the Washington Post.
The paper reports the three wrote that they were stripped of their committee assignments in retaliation for asking questions about NRA Chief Executive Wayne LaPierre’s lavish spending and other financial excesses.
“While our belief in the NRA’s mission remains as strong today as ever, our confidence in the NRA’s leadership has been shattered,” they wrote.
“We have been stonewalled, accused of disloyalty, stripped of committee assignments and denied effective counsel necessary to properly discharge our responsibilities as Board members.”
NRA President Carolyn Meadows thanked Golob for her service and wrote in a statement to the paper: “Julie, a gifted shooter, will continue to support the NRA’s programs. We proudly welcome her ongoing support of our organization.”
The NRA has been roiled by inner turmoil as well as increased scrutiny in the wake of the two mass shootings that claimed 31 lives in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.
In April, LaPierre publicly accused Oliver North, the newly installed NRA president, of extortion in an effort to have the chief executive ousted from his long-held position.
LaPierre alleged that North threatened to send a letter containing allegations of sexual harassment and excessive spending to the board unless he resigned.
North stepped down as president shortly after the extortion accusations were made public.
He said in his departure announcement that the “clear crisis [in the organization]…needs to be dealt with,” if the NRA was going to survive, adding that he believed a committee should be set up to address the organization’s finances.
The NRA did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment on the four resignations.
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