EDWARDS VIDEO PREVIEWED. Republican 1st District Congressional candidate Eddie Edwards begins his new campaign web video by talking openly about witnessing as a child his mother being beaten by his father.
“Those are the early memories that I have as a young person growing up,” he says. “Hearing my mother’s voice in pain, you never forget that. Having the police come to your home – those lights, those sirens – they meant a place of safety for me.”
The more than three-minute video is being launched Thursday by the Edwards campaign, which says it is backed with a districtwide online and social media buy.
In the video, shared first with New Hampshire Primary Source, the former South Hampton police chief and top enforcement official at the State Liquor Commission says that he “wanted to be a part of law enforcement” after his active duty service in the U.S. Navy because “blue lights and police have been a part of who I am. It shaped me because I felt that they protected my mother.”
View the video here and below.
Edwards also talks about learning “American values,” from his grandmother and says she and his wife are “strong women” role models. He says he learned “commitment” from his Navy service.
On the issues, Edwards cites the need to battle the opioid crisis on all fronts, a need for tax reform and lower taxes, his support for congressional term limits and a need to improve services for veterans.
The video launches as Edwards prepares to head to New York to be among the speakers at a New York Center-Right Coalition meeting Monday.
According to an email announcement about the closed, invitation-only meeting, also speaking will be former presidential candidate Steve Forbes, National Right-to-Work President Mark Mix, Texas congressional candidate Van Taylor and Reclaim New York Executive Director Brandon Muir.
On the financial front, neither Edwards nor his GOP primary opponent, state Sen. Andy Sanborn, turned Washington Republican heads with their third quarter fundraising totals.
As we reported on Oct. 19, two weeks after the Sept. 30 end of the quarter, Sanborn entered the fourth quarter with $175,524 in cash on hand, while Edwards trailed with $86,598 on hand.
Both candidates, however, were named to the National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee’s “On the Radar” program, meaning that they are running in a competitive district and have “met the minimum threshold in campaign organization." The program currently identifies 32 candidates.
The fourth quarter, despite ending Dec. 31 in the midst of the holiday season, will be all-important for Sanborn and Edwards if they hope to advance to become full-fledged NRCC “Young Guns,” virtually guaranteeing that whoever emerges from next September’s primary will receive strong financial support from Washington.
Edwards will have a $250-$1,000 fundraiser Dec. 20, hosted by his top fundraising backers, Renee and Dan Plummer, John Lyons, Joe Guyton, Jackie Eastwood and Michael McClurken, at One Harbor Place in Portsmouth.
Edwards’ campaign earlier this week was pleasantly surprised that NRCC chairman and U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers mentioned him as a “recruit” and cited him as an example of the GOP trying to “expand our party” ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. Stivers made the comments as a guest on the MSNBC “Morning Joe” program.
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