The campaign of Dr. Greg Brannon will soon be launching its first ad in the NC Senate race. In the ad, Brannon takes aim at both Speaker Thom Tillis and Senator Kay Hagan, while running as an unabashed Tea Party leader.
The ad will likely generate support from very conservative NC primary voters who haven’t yet heard of Dr. Brannon. It’s about as red meat as you can get, and ends with the candidate in front of a waving yellow “don’t tread on me” flag. There’s also a lot of information to absorb here, the Brannon campaign is telling you everything they want you to know about their candidate all in one ad.
While this will undoubtedly boost Brannon’s prospects in the primary, the Tea Party and figures like Cruz are still controversial (though the failure of the Obamacare rollout has mitigated that slightly). The middle could get uncomfortable, especially with the image of the Tea Party flag.
I sometimes wonder how Jesse Helms would do in a Senate race in North Carolina today if he was still alive and well. The best way to find out might be to nominate Dr. Brannon. There are those on the Right who insist that victory is assured if we nominate a “true conservative” who stands on principle and disregards the polls. A Brannon nomination could test that proposition.
John Wynne is the “conservative voice” at PoliticsNC, where he also provides polling analysis and commentary on legislative campaigns. When not writing about politics, he enjoys gardening and listening to opera. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.