WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A new ad in the race for state Senate District 9 is grabbing people’s attention. Deb Butler’s new ad says incumbent Republican Sen. Thom Goolsby is trying to follow women into the doctor’s office.
In the new television ad, Butler discusses the use of a transvaginal wand and how Goolsby’s policies play into a medical exam.
“I’m Deb Butler, and I think we need to have a candid conversation about what Thom Goolsby’s policies mean for North Carolina women,” Butler says in the ad, which is getting national attention.
In the commercial, the Democratic challenger shows a transvaginal wand, which an instrument used to do ultrasounds early in a pregnancy. Butler says Goolsby says he wants limited government, but his support for a law requiring women to get an ultrasound before an abortion goes against that.
“Somebody coming in between you and your physician is not limiting government,” Butler said. “I mean, if there’s anything in life that is personal and private, it’s that.”
Goolsby say Butler is too liberal for North Carolina. He says Butler has no plan for North Carolina and is only working on surprising voters.
“All the things that I’ve done in Raleigh, and they’re all available, you know what they are, and the fact of the matter then is to just run shock value ads,” Goolsby said. “Well, that’s what Occupy Wilmington does, and none of that surprises me from their lawyer.”
Butler says Goolsby’s criticism is just a distraction.
“If he were proud of the legislation, I suppose he would be talking about that, when instead he’s talking about my community service,” she said. “Yes, I represented Occupy Wilmington and their rights of free speech, their constitutionally-protected rights of free speech, assembly, and I’ll do it again and again and again.”
Goolsby says he stands beside all the legislation he’s support. He says instead of focusing on butler’s ad, which is bringing her donations from across the country, he will focus on creating jobs.