Barber star of another Republican TV ad

Posted by Patrick Gannon on March 28, 2014 

Another Republican candidate is using the Rev. William Barber, president of the N.C. NAACP, as an unlikely star in a new campaign advertisement.

The 30-second TV spot for Bruce VonCannon, one of nine candidates vying for the GOP nomination in the 6th Congressional District, uses video clips of Barber at a Moral Monday protest last year to illustrate what VonCannon deems “broken politics.”

The ad starts with VonCannon saying, “Here’s another example of broken politics.” It then cuts to clips of Barber, speaking at a Monday protest, calling General Assembly Republicans “power drunk” and “immoral,” among other things. The ad then shifts back to VonCannon, who says: “You know, that’s foolishness. I’m Bruce VonCannon. It’s time to roll up our sleeves and go to work to cut spending and stop broken politics.”

The ad is very similar to a series of spots featuring Barber aired by state Rep. Andy Wells, a Hickory Republican who is running uncontested for state Senate.

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