Toss Thom: Tillis is toxic to the fortunes of the NCGOP

I have long been suspicious of  state House speaker Thom Tillis.

  He was recruited into politics by Richard Morgan —  Robin to Jim Black’s Batman — to run against state Rep. — and Morgan critic — John Rhodes in the 2006 GOP primary.  Rhodes was critical of  Morgan’s sabotage of the House GOP caucus and the party’s legislative agenda.

So, Tillis accepted Morgan’s entreaties to run.  Tillis became a willing tool of Team Morgan — its coziness with Jim Black and its efforts to derail conservative efforts in the House.

Tillis received SOME heat in the media for taking a lot of campaign contributions from payday lenders, shortly before pushing through the House a bunch of legislation the lenders championed.  Team Tillis pointed out that the legislation was sponsored by two black Democrat members of the minority.  But EVERYONE — including payday lenders — knows you need the approval of the speaker to get ANYTHING through the House.  Did the wheels get greased?

A legislative source — and frequent reader of this site — tells me there are a lot of similarities between the regimes of Morgan and Tillis:

“Thom is just as ruthless and vicious and mealy-mouthed as Morgan.  He’s just got a bit more class and tact than Richard.  Thom will sell you out and stab you in the back in a minute.  Look what he did to the Senate with the gas tax cap.  Look what he’s done to everyone with the marriage amendment.”

Today’s blockbuster in The N&O raises new questions about Tillis.  Look at the speaker’s response to allegations that his chief of staff, old friend, and current roommate was having an extramarital affair with a registered lobbyist:  no comment and a quick resignation by his aide.  Are we seriously expected to believe that Tillis had NO IDEA that his top aide, old friend, and roommate was entangled with a lobbyist?  If he didn’t, what does it say about Tillis and his savvy and competence?  If he did know, what does it say about the speaker’s sense of ethics?

Also, let’s not forget l’affaire Laroque — the growing scandal about the business dealings of House Rules committee chairman Stephen LaRoque (also a Tillis colleague in the Morgan clique).  It took screaming from leftist activists and the media, a federal probe, and a formal request from the House Democrat leader for Tillis to agree to an ethics probe of LaRoque.  LaRoque, from Kinston, has a tough primary this May.  Hopefully, his voters will pass judgement and do the job Team Tillis SHOULD have done.

Team Tillis has put word out that he wants to run against Senator Kay Hagan in 2014.  We’ve got a great stable of young conservatives in the current lieutenant governor race.  Yet, the NCGOP is pinning its future to a guy — Tillis — who makes it clear IT is all about HIM.  Ideology and Ethics are a distant second and third.

If the NCGOP wants to convince voters it is all about serious change in Raleigh — snatching power from the bureaucracy and giving it back to the people — the last thing it needs to do is put all its chips on guys like Tillis who are all about improving their personal fortunes on the public dime.

We got promised a conservative revolution in 2010.  We GOT a slightly different flavor of business-as-usual.  Tossing Team Tillis and replacing it with true conservative reformers is a step in the right direction to establishing the GOP as a long-term majority in Raleigh.





2 thoughts on “Toss Thom: Tillis is toxic to the fortunes of the NCGOP

  1. Thom Tillis reminds me of a high school freshman class president. You know what I’m talking about. He’s like the kid who thinks because he’s elected to an office, believes he can say what he wants and takes vindictive measures against those who didn’t support him. These people that call themselves conservative have no clue about the meaning of the word. The late Republican Senator from Arizona Barry Goldwater warned us of people like Tillis and his radical right agenda when he said, “Its members do not care about the constitution and they are the ones making all the noise.”
    Goldwater also said ” The conservative movement is founded on the simple tenet that people have the right to live life as they please, as long as they don’t hurt anyone in the process.” I use as my source the following:
    Conservatives in the legislature? Only when it fits their agenda.

  2. Stephen LaRoque is the epitome of vindictiveness. With his constant verbal beatdowns of anyone who dares oppose him as well as his numerous lawsuits and adolescent-style antics, he has proven to be a disgrace in the same mold as Tillis. My prayer is that John Bell beats him soundly May 8. We need leadership in Raleigh that is fair and is willing to work together to put our state back on track. We need true conservatives that can work with the other side to help solve our problems. We need rational people like Bell, and we don’t need overgrown kids like LaRoque, Tillis, and Berger who are conservatives in name only, probably because they think the word “sounds good.”

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