It’s a shame that — in the middle of the state’s full blown economic disaster — our political class is caught up in tabloid-quality stories and allegations. It came out today in The N&O that State House Speaker Thom Tillis’s married MALE top aide has been ALLEGEDLY riding dirty with a FEMALE registed lobbyist.
(On one hand, this looks like a change-the-subject- from-Parmley piece of payback from Democrat operatives. On the other hand, the mention of the private detective firm suggests this story has its roots in an angry, suspicious wife trying to rip her philandering spouse a new one.)
The N&O brings up an important point about state law:
State ethics laws seek to ensure that public officials exercise their authority “free from impropriety, threats, favoritism, and undue influence.” Lobbying laws regulate the point at which a lobbyist intersects with a public official, mostly aimed at prohibiting gift giving.