#NCSEN Tillis: US Chamber endorsement COMING SOON (amnesty bogeyman, too?)

tillis listenThe heated issues of “comprehensive immigration reform” and amnesty have tripped up congresswoman Renee Ellmers and US Senate candidate Mark Harris.  It appears NC House Speaker — and US Senate candidate — Thom Tillis may soon get tossed in that briar patch.

Tillis bragged over the weekend that the US Chamber of Commerce will soon be endorsing his campaign for US Senate.  The Chamber is way out front nationally in pushing for amnesty for illegal aliens.  Tillis was recently endorsed by a NY-based SuperPAC that favors gay marriage and amnesty.  The CEO of Caterpillar — an Illinois resident and a leading national proponent of “comprehensive immigration reform” — has given big to the Tillis campaign through his wife.  Tillis also gave a speech to the NC Farm Bureau that gave the impression he was very much open to the idea of “comprehensive immigration reform.”

I sure wish someone could provide some quantitative evidence that amnesty or “comprehensive immigration reform” or whatever you want to call it is a winning issue for a GOP primary.  (Or a general election, for that matter.) 

Recent polling shows Tillis deadlocked at the head of the GOP primary field with Cary physician Greg Brannon. Tillis had been criticized for not attending public events with the rest of the primary field.  He was in Davidson County — technically, his “backyard” — this weekend with Brannon and Mark Harris for that county’s GOP convention.  Brannon won the Davidson GOP straw poll, as well as those held by the Durham County and Moore County Republican organizations.  


8 comments for “#NCSEN Tillis: US Chamber endorsement COMING SOON (amnesty bogeyman, too?)

  1. Kim
    March 17, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    Chamber of Commerce is 100% pro Common Core. Tillis has been silent on Common Core and has done NOTHING to encourage robust public debate at the NCGA study committee.

    Tillis is willing to sell our kids out for politics. An endorsement by the Chamber (progressives in suits) would only reinforce this conclusion.

    • Raphael
      March 18, 2014 at 3:13 pm

      The Chamber has transformed from a group that supported free enterprise, which it once was, to a group that supports corrupt crony capitalism. These days their endorsement of a candidate would be a big negative to me, although not quite as big a negative as an AFL-CIO endorsement.

      The Chamber is all-in with Karl Rove and the establishment’s anti-conservative campaign in the primaries this year. They are strongly backing RINO challengers to some conservative incumbents like Congressman Justin Amash. They are part of Mitch McConnell’s drive to ”crush them [conservatives] everywhere” as he told the NY Times recently.

      The Chamber’s crony capitalist special interest sellout to La Raza and Mexico on amnesty for illegal aliens is just a small part of the problem with the Chamber. They are an evil force in Republican politics and their candidates need to be defeated.

  2. Kathy
    March 17, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    It’s pretty clear at this point that should Tillis get elected, we will have the “worst of the worst” progressive, crony corporatist, and anti-American policies supported by our new senator.

    Does anyone expect anything else from Karl Rove’s boy?

  3. Toxhandler
    March 18, 2014 at 12:27 am

    You know, once you get past the major GOP Parties like Wake, Mecklenburg, Forsyth, etc., you have to be a little concerned about Brannon’s standing in places like Moore, Davidson, or Durham counties, if you’re in the Tillis camp. They may not be the largest county Parties in the State but they are definitely in the next largest tier.

  4. jimmy roberts
    March 18, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    It will be good for all the candidates to get tossed into the briar patch during the primary. Asking the hard questions now of the candidates will make it easy for them to answer the same questions when they take on Kay Hagan. I cannot wait to hear each candidate answer the tough questions that will be directed at them.

    • Raphael
      March 18, 2014 at 3:04 pm

      Tilli$ thumbing his nose at the ordinary Republican voters by skipping the candidate forums is appalling. It tells us all we need to know about that empty suit.

  5. Raphael
    March 18, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    As to how amnesty (or a ”pathway to citizenship” or ”coming out of the shadows in liberal Newspeak) plays in the 2014 elections, here is an article on poll data that shows supporting amnesty does not even play well in the general election:


    Another poll, right after Boehner put forward his Amnesty Lite proposal, showed that 62% of Republicans opposed that plan.

  6. Raphael
    April 17, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    This article nails what the Chamber is up to in campaigns, accurately calling them the ”Chamber of Cowards”:


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