North Carolina’s top law enforcement group drops Cheri Beasley, citing Democrats’ embrace of ‘defunding police activists’

State Police Benevolent Association says ‘a vote for Ted Budd is a vote for the men and women of law enforcement’

Cheri Beasley (D., North Carolina). Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images

Collin Anderson • September 21, 2022 5:00 p.m.

A top North Carolina law enforcement group that has three-time endorsed Democratic Senate candidate Cheri Beasley instead backs her Republican opponent, citing Beasley’s decision to campaign with “police activist funding.” “.

The North Carolina Police Benevolent Association announced its support for Republican Senate candidate Ted Budd on Wednesday. The decision comes as a rebuff of Beasley, who the association has approved for statewide court runs in 2008, 2014and 2020. Regarding the Democrats’ Senate bid, however, association president David Rose took issue with Beasley’s decision to join the “reimbursement of police activists” – last year Beasley allowed a joint fundraising committee with Missouri Democratic Congresswoman Cori Bush, a self-proclaimed Democratic socialist who says “defunding the police needs to happen.”

“With violent crime on the rise in North Carolina more than ever before, we need a senator who supports us and not someone who is supported by Defund the Police activists,” Rose said in a press release on Wednesday. “We endorse Ted Budd for the US Senate because he is the best choice for NC.”

Beasley, whose campaign did not return a request for comment, has been criticized for his public safety record as a judge. As a state Supreme Court justice, for example, the Democrat voted to leave the habitual criminal status of a career criminal after the man was caught with a “weapon of mass death”, a decision that would have given the criminal a lighter sentence. Beasley tried to sidestep this criticism by pledge to defund the police and work with Republicans on crime, a promise the North Carolina Police Benevolent Association does not appear to have made.

Budd is also supported by the National Border Patrol Council and the North Carolina Troopers Association, which Beasley approved in the old days. The Republican touted the Police Benevolent Association endorsement on Wednesday, saying he was “proud to stand with the NCPBA and North Carolina law enforcement as they protect and serve our communities.”

“North Carolina law enforcement officers are on the front lines of keeping our communities safe every day, and I’m honored that the North Carolina Police Benevolent Association has stood with me,” Budd said in a statement. . “If our citizens don’t feel safe, our communities suffer at every level.”