We’ve reported extensively on the brouhaha surrounding state Rep. Bob Brawley (R-Iredell) and House speaker Thom Tillis. (For a refresher, click HERE and HERE.) Bob Brawley had words with Tillis about the speaker’s advocacy for toll roads in the Charlotte area and other portions of the state. Media reports had indicated that Brawley resigned his co-chair position on the House Finance Committee in protest over Tillis’s pay-to-drive ambitions. Brawley has insinuated that he was told by Tillis he better quit his post — and hand over his gavel — if he knew what was good for him.
Well, the word is out that Tillis has filled Bob Brawley’s former post on the Finance Committee with one of his loyal allies — Rep. BILL Brawley (R-Mecklenburg). Bill Brawley has been a dependable voice for the ruling class Establishment — pushing through legislation to help The Carolina Panthers, and to turn the Charlotte airport over to an independent commission. He’s also been a tireless advocate for HOT lanes / toll roads and Gov. Pat’s transportation plan.