Heard on the Hill

It’s moving day at Liberty University for two Budds and a Brat

Rep. Ted Budd could’ve used Dave Brat’s help with the “heavy boxes”

Rep. Ted Budd moved his son Joshua into his Liberty University dorm on Wednesday (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

It’s that long-awaited time of year when parents get to kick their kids out of the house again. August is back-to-school month, and for some lucky parents, “school” means “college.”

That’s the case for North Carolina Republican Rep. Ted Budd, who’s sending his son Joshua off to Liberty University’s School of Business. The father-son duo tag-teamed the move into Joshua’s dorm room with help (or lack thereof) from an old colleague, former congressman and tea party favorite Dave Brat.

Brat lost his seat in 2018 to Abigail Spanberger and has been dean of the university’s business school since January. He conveniently missed out on most of Wednesday’s heavy lifting, according to a tweet from Budd. (Who could blame him?)

“Needed you on the heavy boxes earlier my friend!” Budd tweeted.

Joshua Budd, who’s entering his freshman year, will be majoring in outdoor adventure leadership with a minor in business, according to a spokesman from Budd’s office.

The major “strategically prepares you with the Biblical foundation and professional skills you’ll need for planning, organizing, programming, and marketing Christian camping and outdoor adventure ministry programs,” according to the university’s website.

Liberty, a private Christian university in Virginia, was founded in the 1970s by televangelist Jerry Falwell. It’s now led by his son, Jerry Falwell Jr., an early and vocal supporter of President Donald Trump.

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