Senator Kay Hagan (D., N.C.) has unveiled a new ad attacking her Republican opponent, state House Speaker Thom Tillis, for cutting textbook funding in the state budget, which included significant pay increases for teachers.
The ad features a woman named Anna Stearns, from Black Mountain, N.C., who offers the following incomprehensible lament: “Under Thom Tillis’s leadership, they’ve cut textbook funding so much that I can’t help my son with his homework.”
What is she even talking about? That sentence is a total non sequitur. But whatever, the important thing to understand is that Anna is an independent voice speaking to the struggles of North Carolina’s middle class.
Or maybe not so independent, after all. According to an online bio, Stearns “is active with her local Democratic Party and was elected in 2013 to serve as Secretary of both the Women’s Caucus of the Young Democrats of North Carolina and as Secretary of the Buncombe County Chapter.”