“Anything less than a clean and immediate sweep of current upper management will not cut it. Even that may not be enough,” he says. “So many excesses over so many years without any oversight is indicative of a corrupt culture. It will be hard, if not impossible, to convince any independent authority (judge, trustee, etc.) that this can be corrected. If a plane is in a spin, sometimes there simply isn’t enough air between you and the ground to recover.”
“There is no scenario where Wayne LaPierre survives as the CEO of the NRA,” says one veteran gun industry insider. “Wayne will not leave on his own accord and the board is now significantly comprised of sycophants who are clearly not inclined to do their job…he’ll only leave in handcuffs at the direction of the IRS or New York Supreme Court, which is now a likely scenario.”
Others see him (LaPierre) as a distraction that is damaging the NRA’s mission and they cite the organization’s failure to mount a serious political effort during the critical last election cycle as proof of how the once mighty NRA has fallen under his leadership. “Your CEO is either an asset or a liability to the mission,” said one NRA board member who requested anonymity. “It’s clear to me that Wayne has become the latter. He can’t even do interviews at this point regarding the Second Amendment because all the questions directed at him would be about his personal financial issues.”
The magazine has a suggestion about a replacement, the problem is, he’s a likely candidate for governor.