Brawley, Tillis, and bail bondsmen

Not enough conflicts of interest to go around:

Brawley also implies that Tillis is aware of unethical behavior by another lawmaker: "A Republican-led General Assembly passing a bill giving a monopoly to the family of a Republican legislator. I am sure you know what I am referring to since all conversations I have had with anyone seem to lead back to you."

Brawley was referring to House Bill 738, a law passed in 2012 that requires all bail bondsmen in the state to be certified by the NC Bail Agents Association. The non-profit NC Bail Agents Association is run by Phil Burr, the father of Rep. Justin Burr, R-Stanly, himself a bail bondsman. While Rep. Burr recused himself from voting on the measure, critics say other members of state House and Senate leadership made sure it would pass, including Sen. Tom Apodaca, R-Henderson, also a bail bondsman and one of the founders of the NCBBA.

This is just one of many problems that arise when political leaders discard ethical considerations in favor of self-serving behavior. Those who feel they haven't been able to line their pockets as deeply as others turn bitter, and start singing like a canary. Probably 90% of those serving time for white-collar crimes have found this out, and it looks like the NC GOP is on the verge of finding it out, too.


Agreed, Except for...

...the statement about "discard[ing ] ethical considerations". Tillis and most of the others had no ethics to discard.

"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

This also explains

This also explains why Justin Burr is among those most determined to maintain the war on drugs and cannabis prohibitions. He and his family make a$$ loads of money from the misfortune of those caught in a failed, flawed, and abusive system.

He can recuse himself all he wants, but his dog remains in that fight with too long a leash and no muzzle.


"...the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be."

Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail

don't forget the others

This mess that won't go away quietly has ensnared others and is still doing so. Now the list includes at least the following:
Rep Justin Burr
Rep Jerry Dockham
Rep Tim Moore
Rep Jeff Collins
Rep Craig Horn
Rep Thom Tillis
Rep John Blust
Sen Tom Apodaca
Ins Commissioner Wayne Goodwin
Bev Perdue