WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – The campaign for the District 9 seat in the NC Senate has now taken a new step. Both candidates, incumbent Thom Goolsby and challenger Deb Butler, have released their first television ads of the campaign. District 9 represents most of New Hanover County in the Senate.
Butler's ad is the more aggressive, using a transvaginal ultrasound wand and calling it "Goolsby's contribution to women's health" and "a medically unnecessary, invasive procedure that is now required by state law". The ad continues Butler's aggressive style shown in candidate forums held in the past several weeks. She has sharply criticized Goolsby for not "capping a tax credit for small businesses", and criticizing the Republican majority for what she called "cuts in education and social services". You can see Butler's ad by clicking here.
"Never forget, she is the Occupy Wilmington lawyer," Goolsby said in a text message statement to WECT news Wednesday afternoon. "Her economic plans are so radical and devastating to the economy that she is trying to shift attention away from this fact. I will continue to focus on jobs and our economy."
Goolsby released his first ad of the campaign earlier this week. He criticizes Butler's support for the Occupy Wall Street group, and her support of President Obama's stimulus plan. You can see the ad by clicking here. Goolsby has criticized Butler in local forums, saying she does not have solutions to North Carolina's problems, pointing to Butler's website as evidence.
You can also watch the candidates' forum hosted by WECT where the two candidates trade barbs and accusations. Click here and look for the Butler-Goolsby forum under video pages 4 & 5.
In the last financial statement filed with the NC Board of Elections, Goolsby did hold an advantage in cash-on-hand over Butler. Goolsby had $105,435.48 as of July 17th, while Butler posted $83,931.90.
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