The commercial starts like all the political attack ads voters in the swing state of North Carolina are used to seeing: black-and-white graphics, ominous voice-over, newspaper clippings.
In less than 10 seconds, though, the spot takes a striking turn.
“When child molesters sued to stop electronic monitoring of their location, a law that let us track child molesters near schools, playgrounds, day care centers, Supreme Court Justice Robin Hudson sided with the predators,” the narrator says over audio of children giggling.
“Justice Robin Hudson, not tough on child molesters.”
Hudson, a Democrat seeking re-election to the state’s high court, learned of the ad from a friend’s email.
“I was horrified,” she recalled. “It was so appalling.”
Aside from being misleading and false, the ad signals the next phase in a conservative effort to reshape North Carolina’s political institutions (E&E Daily, May 22). The ad attacking Hudson was aired earlier this spring by Justice for All NC, a shadowy conservative group.