In an interview, Heritage Action for America president Jessica Anderson told North State Journal the goal of the ad was to highlight “Cheri Beasley’s soft on crime stance she’s had throughout her career.”
“It takes the really compelling story of Ed Lowry, a State Trooper, and unpacks her involvement in a murder case the gripped the state under the backdrop of her saying she had endorsement of law enforcement,” Anderson continued.
Lowry served as a trooper for 22 years and was murdered along with Cumberland County Deputy David Hathcock by 17-year-old Kevin Golphin and 19-year-old Tilmon Golphin. The brothers had been sentenced death but subsequent decisions instead gave them life sentences.
“We wanted to highlight the hypocrisy around her being pro law and order and keeping communities safe… it triggered us who have followed her career,” Anderson told NSJ. “Violent crime is spiking nationwide and what her actual policy positions are, there’s a lot of stories to tell about her.”
Anderson praised Budd’s record in his three terms in Congress saying he was a fighter who won’t shy away from tough votes and can “deep dive” on issues such as inflation and parents’ rights.
“Once people get to know Budd they love him. His ability to get across the state and continuing to meet voters in this last push is going to be critical,” she added.
Anderson said she also hoped Budd would be a leader in tackling the crisis at the southern border, which she says directly impacts many other important issues such as the policies of rogue prosecutors, lackluster leadership, defense attorneys, and ‘defund the police’ movements that have crippled state police departments.
“The border is a clarion call for these issues across the country,” said Anderson.