LUMBERTON – To “meet and greet” the people of Robeson County was visited by a candidate for the US Senate on Thursday.
U.S. Representative Ted Budd, NC-13, spent the day letting people know who he is, what his values are and what he stands for as a person and a politician. Budd, a Republican, is campaigning to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Richard Burr, who announced in 2016 that he would not run for another six-year term in 2022.
He’s not a complete stranger in Robeson County, according to Budd. A lot of people have heard of him, thanks to former President Donald Trump who endorsed him in June.
“My goal is to defend my candidacy,” Budd said during a brief stop at Robesonian.
The 49-year-old representative is confident he can win Robeson County in the Republican primaries on March 8 and the general election on November 8, 2022.
He believes the people of Robeson County will identify with him as a person of faith and strong personal values. They will learn that he is a man raised in a family of faith and a man who runs a business and knows how to balance a budget.
Budd has a shooting range and gun store in Rural Hall.
They will learn he is battle-tested, having won a 17-person primary race in 2016 and in 2018 fending off a Democratic Party that had targeted him on his way to victory by a wide margin.
From Lumberton Budd was to travel to Prospect and then to Pembroke, where he expected to be asked for his position on federal recognition of the Lumbee tribe.
“I am very supportive of (Rep.) Dan Bishop’s bill and Dan Bishop’s efforts,” Budd said.
Bishop, a Republican, has campaigned for federal recognition of the Lumbee tribe since winning the United States House seat in a 2019 special election. Bishop, a former state legislator of North Carolina reintroduced the Lumbee Recognition Act in April.
But, he wants to understand the story behind the fight for federal recognition and understand the issues surrounding it, Budd said.
“It has to be bigger than the game,” he said.
Over the years, the federal recognition rhetoric has been countered by voices from various quarters saying that the tribe wanted federal recognition so that they could build a casino on the tribal controlled lands that would come with the recognition from the US government.
Budd said that while in Pembroke he wanted to see the Museum of the Southeast American Indians, located in Old Main on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. He wants to talk to knowledgeable people and learn as much as possible about the history and culture of the Lumbee tribe.
“I want to understand the whole picture,” he said.
It means learning about the benefits the Lumbees and the rest of Robeson County would realize through federal recognition, Budd said. It also means knowing if there would be any negative effects following federal recognition.
In terms of jobs and the economy, Budd said, “I want to have a favorable economy and I want it to benefit Robeson County.”
One way to help create an economy that is good for the country, North Carolina and Robeson County is to curb overspending by the federal government, he said. Excessive spending injects too much money into the economy. More money “chasing” available goods leads to inflation, he said. The federal government needs to be smarter about how it spends taxpayers’ money.
According to Budd’s website, he graduated from Appalachian State University, holds an MBA from Wake Forest University and an MA in Educational Leadership and Family Life from Dallas Theological Seminary.
He grew up in a family of small business owners, where he learned that hard work, family and faith are the basis of success. Budd grew up on a commercial cattle and chicken farm in Davie County, where he still lives today with his wife and three children.
Although he says he is battle-tested, his next political test may be as difficult or harder to pass than those that came before him, and the hard work lessons learned in his youth can be put to good use. .
Budd is pushing for a seat in the US Senate which, according to a recent tally, has caught the attention of 10 Republicans, including former NC Governor Pat McCrory; nine Democrats, with former North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley; and two independent. Who among them will officially participate in the race will not be known until the end of the deposit period from December 6 to 17. The Republican primary is scheduled for March 8, 2022. If necessary, a second round would take place on April 26. The general election is on November 8, 2022.
Budd’s confidence in victory can be justified if the most recent fundraising figures released by his campaign and those of his main GOP opponent McCrory and alleged Democratic pack leader Beasley are true.
Ted Budd for the US Senate released a Federal Election Commission report Thursday that shows the campaign grossed over $ 950,000 for the second quarter and now leads the field with over $ 1.7 million on the cash register, eliminating any fundraising disadvantage six months ahead of schedule and leaving Budd with nearly $ 800,000 more in cash than his closest main Republican opponent, according to information from the organization by Budd.
“Amy Kate and I are very grateful to everyone who invested in our campaign,” said Budd.
According to Camp McCrory, recently filed FEC reports by all Senate candidates show the former governor raised more than all of his main opponents combined in the second quarter of 2021, McCrory’s first quarter as a Senate candidate. McCrory announced last week that he would report raising more than $ 1.24 million, with more than $ 1,000,000 in contributions coming from North Carolina.
Campaign Beasley announced Thursday that the former NC Chief Justice has raised $ 1.28 million since her campaign launched in April.