State Rep. Jim Crawford, a Democratic member of the so-called "Gang of Five" that bucked the party on the state budget, is hitting television screens with an early advertising campaign.
The narrator in the ad -- titled "Stand" -- says Crawford "fights for what's right even when it means standing alone" -- an obvious reference to the lawmaker's votes to override Gov. Bev Perdue's vetoes of the state budget and a controversial teacher dues bill.
The 30-second TV spot is airing on cable in Granville and Person counties. Crawford faces two Democratic challengers, including Rep. Winkie Wilkins of Roxboro, who was doubled-bunked in the redistricting process.