Republican North Carolina Rep. Ted Budd owns a gun shop. That’s his business. In 2016, the race for the 13th congressional district was a mini-version of the national GOP primary for president; 17 people ran. Budd, who has zero political experience, ran and won (via Charlotte Observer):
Budd’s lack of political experience seemed to work the same magic it has for GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. The conservative Club for Growth Action invested $500,000 in TV spots that helped Budd beat his closest rival by a nearly two-to-one margin.
The Club, which focuses on economic issues, touts Budd as a “pro-growth outsider” who has “faced the government’s crushing burden on small businesses.” The super PAC’s investment in him was the second-highest amount it has spent for a House candidate this year.
Five days after Budd’s primary win, Omar Mateen shot and killed 49 people at a gay club in Orlando, Fla. Mateen used an assault-style rifle like those Budd’s store north of Winston-Salem sells.
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