Former NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch, a rising right-wing radio star, doesn’t care if you call her a murderer

OUTSIDE OF DALLAS — Dana Loesch strides with purpose in chunky black unlaced boots. Past the wrought-iron chandelier and red upholstered dining-table chairs that evoke some medieval castle. Alongside the “predator wall” of horned creatures (mostly fakes), then a leopard-print banquette that seems only slightly smaller than a compact car. She was once the punk-rock chick with her head shaved and a nose ring. She was the Ozarks kid, who hewed to her family’s Democratic Party roots, volunteered for Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign and voted for Al Gore in 2000. Two decades later, she is a scourge of the left, operating from a high-end home broadcast studio in this 7,500-square-foot, gated manse appointed in what she likes to call “Goth Liberace” style. Her undisclosed location is so closely held that she’s been known to ask visitors to sign nondisclosure agreements lest she be found by haters from her days not so long ago as the caustic, alternately reviled and adored, face of the gun lobby. It takes just seconds to mic her up — a screen pulsing in front of her, a rack of firearms from one of her sponsors on the wall — and she’s ready to launch into a radio program that has positioned her as one of the leading contenders to assume primacy in the fabled 12 to 3 p.m. Eastern time slot left open for the taking by the death in February of Rush Limbaugh. She is 42, slender, with penetrating dark eyes and a […]

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