Former state Sen. Thom Goolsby is on quite a ride since he resigned from the NCGA. He received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine ("Gov. McCrory is bestowing one of NC’s highest honors on a former legislator who defrauded investors,” Progress NC Action tweeted.); he got himself appointed to the UNC Board of Governors by his old Senate colleagues ("Goolsby said he had asked Rabon to nominate him because
he's an underhanded schemer who can help bring down higher education higher education is an issue he's very passionate about") and now Thom's got a new gig as a lobbyist for the Internet sweepstakes industry.
Goolsby, who resigned from the legislature last year, announced Thursday that he’ll serve as spokesman for the newly formed N.C. Small Business Coalition. Goolsby is also a registered lobbyist for the group, which is pushing the General Assembly to legalize, regulate and tax internet sweepstakes games.
Given the sordid history of this industry, it seems that Goolsby is a perfect match, so his announcement isn't surprising.
Also not surprising is that one of Thom's old pals just can't wait to dive in and join the Ghoulsby in the muck.
The news release about Goolsby’s new role said that Rep. Harry Warren, a Salisbury Republican, plans to file legislation this session to legalize sweepstakes.
Harry knows how to be lobbied.