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Butterfield, Beasley cheer Jackson’s confirmation

Posted on April 11, 2022

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Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-Wilson, is pictured beside Democratic Senate candidate Cheri Beasley. Both released statements applauding Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation to the Supreme Court.

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Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-Wilson, is pictured beside Democratic Senate candidate Cheri Beasley. Both released statements applauding Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation to the Supreme Court.

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Rep. G.K. Butterfield and Senate candidate Cheri Beasley joined a chorus of North Carolina Democrats in hailing a bipartisan Senate vote confirming Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court.

Butterfield, D-Wilson, said Thursday’s vote marked “a moment in history that signifies the importance of judicial excellence and racial equity.”

“Judge Jackson’s qualification, experience and sound judgment make her an excellent choice for the highest court in the land,” Butterfield said in a prepared statement. “She will be a fair and impartial champion for equal justice under the law. I am also proud that Judge Jackson, as the first Black woman and the first public defender to serve on the highest court in the land, will be an inspiration to young people of all backgrounds that with hard work, dedication to service, and compassion for others, there are no limits to what a person can achieve in our great country.”

Butterfield previously served as a North Carolina Supreme Court justice. Beasley, the Democratic frontrunner for retiring Sen. Richard Burr’s seat, was previously chief justice of the state’s highest court.

“This is a powerful moment that signals progress for our country, and my congratulations are with Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, who will bring an important voice to the Supreme Court,” Beasley said. “We are all better served when our institutions reflect the diversity of our nation.”

Betts backs Roberson for Congress

Businessman and civic leader Thomas A. Betts released a Thursday video endorsing Republican candidate Sandy Roberson, currently Rocky Mount’s mayor, for North Carolina’s 1st Congressional District seat in the U.S. House.

Saying he’s “become very jaded about politics” over the last few years, Betts said he hasn’t publicly supported any state or federal candidates in several years.

“Sandy, in my mind, is a very honorable person,” Betts said in the video. “The thing that I like about Sandy is I don’t always agree with him, but Sandy never tells me what I want to hear, he tells me what he thinks. And that’s really all we need in Washington — Raleigh too, for that matter — is somebody that’s honest and tells us what they think.”

Betts founded Betts & Co., Insurors, and later became senior development officer for RBC Centura, according to his biography on the Twin County Hall of Fame website. He was a founding director of First Carolina Bank and the Rocky Mount City Club. His support for N.C. Wesleyan College led state officials to name a road bordering the campus — Thomas A. Betts Parkway — in his honor.

“Tom Betts has been a pillar of our community,” Roberson said in a news release. “His support tells me that I must be doing something right. I am truly honored by his endorsement and count myself lucky to call him a friend.”

Sen. Elizabeth Warren endorses Erica Smith

U.S. House candidate Erica Smith has earned a marquee endorsement in the 1st Congressional District Democratic primary with Sen. Elizabeth Warren announcing her support last week.

“A mother, minister, educator and former legislator, Erica Smith can win this crucial swing seat and deliver for North Carolina’s 1st Congressional District,” Warren said in a statement the Smith campaign released Friday. “She’s got a plan for a Rural New Deal that’ll break up the big agriculture businesses to end their stranglehold on family farms, raise the minimum wage, unionize the South and provide high-quality broadband and health care for all. I’m proud to endorse her and look forward to working together in Congress to build an economy and government that work for everyone.”

Warren, a former Democratic presidential candidate, is a favorite among progressives for her call to rein in big banks and regulate Wall Street.

“It’s an absolute honor to have the support of Senator Warren in this critical race,” Smith said in a news release. “I look forward to working together in Congress to dream big, fight hard and deliver big, structural change. Fighting for rural communities, committing to bold climate action and centering a Rural New Deal, we’re building a movement that meets this moment.”

Smith previously represented Beaufort, Bertie, Martin, Northampton, Vance and Warren counties in the N.C. Senate.

Budd secures NC Values Coalition’s support

The North Carolina Values Coalition is supporting Rep. Ted Budd in his campaign to represent the Tar Heel State in the U.S. Senate.

Leaders of the conservative Christian organization formally endorsed Budd’s candidacy on Friday, the day before former President Donald Trump held a Selma rally to boost Trump-endorsed candidates including Budd and Rep. Madison Cawthorn.

“Ted Budd is an incredible leader on pro-life, pro-family issues, and we wholeheartedly endorse him for North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race,” coalition Executive Director Tami Fitzgerald said in a news release.

The endorsement came with an apparent slam on former Gov. Pat McCrory, who’s seen as Budd’s chief competitor in the Republican Senate primary.

“The GOP primary is now a two-man race, and the choice is between a Republican who barely tolerates pro-life, pro-family evangelicals and Catholics in the conservative movement because he needs their votes and a Republican who has attended seminary and believes in and actively advocates for policies that back the pro-life, pro-family biblical worldview of Christians,” Fitzgerald said. “That makes our decision to endorse Ted Budd an easy one. We encourage all Christians to get out and vote for Ted Budd.”

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