Protesters arrested in Tillis's office

Despite a previous statement from NCGA Police Chief Jeff Weaver that "he didn't plan to arrest the protesters in the speaker's office", he...well...did arrest them after all.

Fourteen protesters were arrested at the North Carolina Legislative Building early Wednesday after sitting in House Speaker Thom Tillis' office for nearly 11 hours.

Nearly 20 protesters, described as "workers from McDonalds, Wendy's and Bojangles and clergy members" and dubbed the "Tillis 15," were removed from Tillis' office at about 1:45 a.m. They were handcuffed with plastic zip-ties and led out of the building one by one by General Assembly police.

All they wanted was to talk with Thom about how his policies are hurting them. Lobbyists "occupy" the NCGA building all the time, and we know Thom meets with them. Surely he could find a few minutes to meet with people who took the time to come to his office, right?

Tillis, the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate this year, was not in his office when the sit-in started Tuesday afternoon. He presided over the House session just across the hall, but when the House adjourned, did not return to his office or answer protester calls to meet with him. He is in a heated Senate race this year, looking to unseat Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan. The outcome of North Carolina's seat could help decide the majority in the Senate.

Anna Roberts, a spokeswoman for Tillis, declined to comment on the demonstration in the speaker's office and Tillis didn't respond to a phone message Tuesday evening. Tillis regularly didn't comment last year when demonstrators against Republican policies protested in acts of civil disobedience and hundreds were arrested inside the Legislative Building.

What a coward Thom Tillis is. He pretends that his cruel laws don't hurt real people, and when those real people show up to tell him that, thanks to him, they have to choose between healthcare for themselves or their kids, he ducks out the back door and sends in the cops to arrest people.

Again.

Comments

It would appear

that Thom left his big-boy pants at home yesterday.

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"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

What changed?

NCGA Police Chief Weaver stated he did not plan to arrest the protesters.

A little before 2:00 a.m., police arrested the protesters.

What changed? Who gave the order to arrest the protesters?

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"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

Tillis truly is a coward

So is Governor McCrory. They do not want to hear about the consequences of their actions from the people they have hurt the most. Small men with small minds...and even smaller hearts.



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I don't think coward is the correct depiction.

Tillis likely isn't afraid to meet with these people. He doesn't want to hear what they want to say because he doesn't care and he's not going to change anything because of what they might say. He likely does not recognize, nor does he care to recognize, any responsibility to address the concerns of those who can't line his pockets with campaign funds, provide quid-pro-quo favors, or lubricate his glistening self-image. The same appears true for Rabon and Goolsby and others who regularly demean the concerns of those they are supposed to represent.

Stan Bozarth

He's afraid

not of the people, but of what it could do to his chances in the US Senate race. It's just not true that all publicity is good publicity. This is very bad publicity for Thom and he knows it will get worse, especially if he tells people point-blank that he doesn't give a crap about them and he characterizes them as whiners and losers.

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"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

He's a textbook sociopath...

plain and simple.

Unfortunately we have an electoral process that has been tweaked and bent so many times since it was established that sociopaths are the only ones who can pass through the vetting process of the Kochs and Popes of the world.

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