Tillis lies, gets called out, attempts damage control

For some odd reason, NC's incentives for movie production in the state have recently become controversial. For years it's been known that they're an economic and job-producing engine. But now that the loons have taken over, they seem more interested in subsidizing gun manufacturers than movie makers.

Still, folks who believe that the film industry is good for North Carolina, especially those from the Wilmington area (which has become a little Hollywood of the east), have been fighting to keep the incentives. Not expand them, just keep them.

They worked and fought hard. It appeared that their perseverance and fact-based arguments would win the day.

But then Thom Tillis stepped in.

State Rep. Susi Hamilton Wednesday said the film community was "double-crossed" by House Speaker Thom Tillis, whose staff she claims actively worked to defeat a budget amendment to keep film incentive talks alive in the General Assembly.

"Rep. (Ted) Davis was given the green light to run the bill in Finance and the best we could tell during the committee, the speaker's staff and other leaders from the Republican Party went around and whipped votes against the amendment," Hamilton said after the Wednesday morning failed vote in the House Finance Committee to extend film tax credits.

Now, Thom enjoys double-crossing people, but he doesn't appreciate it when those people talk about it publicly.

Meanwhile, Hamilton said that after the StarNews contacted Tillis' office about her "double-crossed" comment, that she was visited by a staff member of Tillis' at her Jones Street office in Raleigh who was unhappy with her.

"This is a fight," Hamilton said, adding later, "It sounds to me like the Speaker is concerned about the votes in Wilmington in his U.S. Senate race."

In typical Tillis fashion, he wasn't content just to offer veiled threats to Rep. Hamilton. No, he had to offer insults, too, because he's a bully:

In a rare interview with the StarNews, Tillis retorted that Hamilton's comments were likely "born out of emotions" but that this "sort of behavior" makes her the "single greatest threat" to a compromise on film incentives in the state House.

Anyone want to place bets on the odds of Tillis saying that a male with whom he disagreed was being "emotional"?

Tillis apparently doesn't care much for women who speak their minds. He's a privileged rich white male who hangs out with other rich white males and when he gets called out by a woman, he bullies her.

Thom doesn't need to worry only about the votes in Wilmington. He needs to worry about the votes of women statewide. After the all-out war on women that Thom has waged, it's astounding that any woman would vote for him.

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Watch it there, Mayor

Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo said it was his understanding, too, that Speaker Tillis' office had actively worked against the amendment. "I guess he'll have to explain that to voters in eastern North Carolina, my part of the state."

The mayor said he was very disappointed in the vote Wednesday morning.

"They torpedoed it and they killed it and I don't know why," Saffo said. "It was my understanding that Rep. Davis was told they (Republican leaders) would support him in this amendment and when they got into the committee room the powers that be did everything they could to kill it."

Looks like one of Tillis's staff members needs to pay Mayor Saffo a little "visit". And Thom needs to issue a statement about how Mayor Bill is "being all emotional". Probably his time of the month, you know.

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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

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NARAL has something to say about this.

"Thom Tillis’ comments are flat-out offensive—not just to women, but to all North Carolinians who believe it’s the job of an elected official to advocate for their constituents,” said Suzanne Buckley, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina. "Rather than debate the merits of the bill, Tillis chose to launch a personal attack on his colleague. Is this how he plans to behave in Washington? North Carolinians want a Senator who will focus on creating jobs and standing up for women and families--not one that land us on The Daily Show.”

Ms. Buckley: yes, this is how Tillis would behave if we send him to Washington (perish the thought).

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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