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Ted Budd is a troubling candidate

Ted Budd is a troubling candidate

To the Editor:

I am an independent voter. I belong to no political party, but rather base my choices on the issues and the candidates themselves. For that reason, I have voted for candidates of both the major political parties in the past. The first vote that I was able to cast was for Richard Nixon for president. I was young, ignorant and foolish. I had not realized how dishonest he was when casting my vote. Since then, I have striven to do more and better research into the candidates for whom I vote.

Next week marks the opening of early voting in the current mid-term election. There is one major race that concerns me greatly, the North Carolina senatorial race between Republican Ted Budd and Democrat Cheri Beasley. In my research into the candidates, I have found nothing that would preclude my voting for Ms. Beasley. 

I cannot say the same for Mr. Budd. As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Mr. Budd voted against certifying the 2020 election. So, let’s get this straight and make this clear. On January 6, the day that a mob attacked, invaded, and trashed the U.S. Capitol Building in an attempt to disallow a legal valid election, Mr. Budd in fact voted to disallow the election. This was a blatant attempt to overthrow the election and overthrow the government. It was a violation of his oath of office as a sitting member of the U.S. House of Representatives. 

In my opinion, this negates his suitability to be a member of the House, let alone the Senate. Indeed, the seat that Mr. Budd is running for is the seat being vacated by Republican Sen. Richard Burr, who not only voted to certify the election, but also voted to impeach Donald Trump, an instigator of the mob and who spurred them on.

When you go to vote next week, or in November, just remember that the political party that is asking you to vote for Mr. Budd is the same party that has given us Madison Cawthorn, Mark Meadows and Donald Trump.

Luther Jones

Sylva

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5 comments

  • What a bunch of liberal pukes.

    posted by April Simms

    Sunday, 10/09/2022

  • What a bunch of liberal pukes.

    posted by April Simms

    Sunday, 10/09/2022

  • Agree wholeheartedly. Budd is just another Trump devotee, providing nothing of substance for constituents. It's time for fellow Republicans to pry Trump loose and think for themselves again. Go back to caring about real issues that affect everyone. We can be one country again, but it will take Republicans regaining their sanity.

    posted by Janet

    Saturday, 10/08/2022

  • Jones writes another fact free screed. Nothing new. His inclinations have always been to the left. Cheryl Hill is no better, thinking Cheney is the salvation of the GOP. her constituents disagreed and turned her out. It was richly deserved.

    Leftism has no future, and we are seeing that as the country seriously declines with them in charge.

    posted by Quartermaster

    Friday, 10/07/2022

  • Having just read Mr. Luther Jones opinion, I must say that the best things about the place I grew up need better representation in Congress. The Dan River (where I went tubing with my church group in 1976), is contaminated with arsenic from coal ash residue from an earthen dam which burst in February 2014), yet former Governor McCory & Duke Energy haven’t yet been held to account for a disaster that also affects neighboring Virginians.

    As a graduate of Orange High (Hillsborough, NC, 1977), Western Carolina University (Cullowhee, NC, 1982), and 8th-generation North Carolinian (descendent of George Hill, the first British colonist to take land South of the Pamlico River in the British Carolina Colony, 1623), I’m incensed at politicians like Lauren Boebert who abuse the religions of white, black, indigenous, and asian peoples, co-opting and brazenly abusing sacred beliefs for their own personal & political gain.

    The MAGA-Republicans need to start channeling LIZ CHENEY. Ms. Cheney is the lifeboat as the Republican Party’s Captain DJ Trump is leading them into the vortex of a sinking ship - most remembered for such scallawags as Richard Nixon, the Bush family, & January 6 Insurrectionists (incl. Oath Keepers on trial for Seditious Conspiracy currently in DC).

    posted by Cheryl Hill

    Thursday, 10/06/2022

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