We’re seeing firsthand what happens to our country when we have weak leadership. The country is unstable. The world is unstable. We need to take back control and right the ship in this country and get our military built back up.
LUCAMA — Against a backdrop of Scott Farms sweet potato crates, Republican U.S. House candidate Sandy Smith said soaring inflation is squeezing family farms in North Carolina and across the country.
“Our farmers are struggling to put fuel in their equipment,” Smith said. “They can’t even find fertilizer that hasn’t quadrupled. We have small mom-and-pop farmers who are trying to decide if they’re going to produce next year. We need to protect our farmers because without our farmers, we do not have food. I don’t know about you, but I like to eat.”
Smith urged voters to “take Nancy Pelosi and retire her for good” by electing conservatives to Congress, drawing applause and cheers Saturday evening at the Wilson County GOP’s annual oyster roast, a party fundraiser and pre-election rally held on Scott Farms’ sprawling complex off Simpson Road.
Endorsed by former President Donald Trump, Smith hopes to become the first Republican elected in North Carolina’s 1st Congressional District since Reconstruction. She faces Democratic nominee Don Davis, a six-term state senator from Greene County.
Noting that her daughter serves in the U.S. Marine Corps, Smith said some military families have to rely on food stamps due to steep price hikes hitting commissaries along with supermarkets and big-box stores.
“These radicals have destroyed our country in the last two years, and we are going to stop it,” she said. “We have out-of-control inflation. Moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas can’t find food in the stores. They can’t afford the food in the stores because of Biden, Nancy Pelosi and my radical opponent.”
Smith called for improvements in veterans’ health care and investment in military readiness.
“We’re seeing firsthand what happens to our country when we have weak leadership,” she said. “The country is unstable. The world is unstable. We need to take back control and right the ship in this country and get our military built back up.”
Smith told attendees that Davis voted against the N.C. Parents’ Bill of Rights. The legislation, which passed the state Senate 28-18 but was shelved when it returned to the House for a concurrence vote, sought to establish that parents are responsible for children’s religious and moral education and to prevent schools from withholding records or health information from parents.
“We’ve allowed the radicals to try to destroy the family nucleus,” she said. “I’m going to tell you right now: we’re going to stand up and start fighting for families.”