LAURINBURG — U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson said his fellow Republicans can be much more successful if they stay positive.
The two-term congressman was the featured speaker at Tuesday night’s Lincoln-Reagan Dinner hosted by the Scotland County Republican Party. About 89 people attended the party fundraiser at the Deercroft Clubhouse.
Hudson said Republicans need to talk less about issues they are against.
“We’ve done a good job telling people we’re not for this, we’re not for that, but we need to show people what the country would look like under our plans. What’s our healthcare plan? What’s our solution for poverty? What’s our solution for the economy,” he said.
He also mentioned reaching out to people who have never voted Republican before or at least in a while as a way to grow the party.
“Our country right now is hurt. I think it’s more than just politics, we’re hurt spiritually. I think we as Christians need to do a better job on focusing on what we can do in our own lives and what we need can do to bring this country back to recognizing God.
“We got to have a revival in our hearts and an awakening in this country and I know it can happen because it happened before,” he said. “Our country was founded by God, the Constitution protects it.”
Hudson, who is running unopposed in the Republican primary, will face Democratic activist and blogger Thomas Mills of Carrboro in November. The 8th District includes all or part of 12 counties including Scotland, Richmond and Robeson. Hudson was first elected to the House in 2012 and won re-election in 2014.
“You probably expected a political speech tonight, but this is what’s in my heart, so I apologize. But this is what I am going to talk about. This is what our country needs. The same way if we win the next election we need to be proud of where we are as conservatives and we need to talk about it.”
Hudson was named the 12th most conservative Member of the House for standing up for conservative values that “protect Second Amendment rights, reduce taxes, rein in Washington’s wasteful spending and help create jobs in North Carolina.” Prior to his election to the House, Hudson served as chief of staff for Rep. Mike Conaway (Texas), Rep. John Carter and Rep. Virginia Foxx. A native of Franklin, Virginia, Hudson has lived in North Carolina since the age of four. He graduated from Myers Park High School in Charlotte and UNC Charlotte where he received a degree in History and Political Science.
“What do we as Americans need to do to win this country back,” he asked. “I think that is what we need to be thinking about. We can offer them a better deal than what we have now.”
Hudson lives in Concord and runs a small consulting firm. He is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. He also serves as chairman of the Agriculture Policy Group under the Republican Policy Committee.
Before Tuesday’s dinner, GOP Party Vice Chairman Charles Brown led the crowd in a moment of silence in memory of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who passed away over the weekend.
Scotland County Party Chairman Mark Schenck said he was proud of his party’s diversity.
“I am really proud of the Republican candidates that are running in this race. I’ll tell you why, it’s diversity. Republicans have a chance to vote for various genders, races, religions, age groups. We have all kinds of variables that we can vote for as opposed to the Democrats.”
Money raised during the fundraiser will used for the upkeep of the office including mortgage, and utilities.