Vengeful, iron-fisted Thom Tillis is at it again. The latest in his long string of dictatorial petty punishments is to cut off funding for the NCGA's Democratic caucus.
House Democrats are accusing Republican Speaker Thom Tillis of abuse of power for refusing to release funds for caucus staff and using parliamentary maneuvers to cut off debate.
Minority Leader Larry Hall said Tuesday that Tillis "has decided to defund the House Democratic caucus."
Rep. Hall had the nerve to speak truth to power about the unconstitutional new legislative building rules intended to squelch Moral Monday protests. Thom decided to mete out some punishment for that.
"I was told that, unless I apologized to the members of the Legislative Services Commission for objecting to the new rules, we would not be funded," [Hall] said.
"It's a disturbing and destructive pattern of persecuting those who don't agree with whatever the leadership says they want to have done," [Hall] said.
It really seems that Tillis doesn't like this democratic republic form of government. He much prefers a monarchy.
Hall and fellow Rep. Grier Martin, D-Wake, pointed out that House Democrats, though in the minority, represent some 3.5 million of the state's voters and that the caucus chief-of-staff helps support constituent services.
"Traditionally, the party in power has funded the other party and provided a minimum level at least of staffing support," Hall said. "We're being persecuted for not agreeing with and going along quietly with whatever's being done."
"Using petty threats to cut off staff that enables the minority party to advance its voice, that is a step away from a democratic system," Martin added.
And just in case there was any doubt:
Tillis's spokeswoman Anna Roberts declined to respond to the allegations.