Tillis skips session -- again -- to rake in campaign cash

During the US Senate Republican primary, questions were raised about whether or not Thom Tillis could run for Senate while continuing to fulfill his duties as Speaker of the NC House.

Well, the questions have been answered (the answer is [SURPRISE!] Hell no!):

House Speaker Thom Tillis will miss Monday’s legislative session to attend a U.S. Senate fundraiser in Washington.

The Republican will attend a meet-and-greet at the offices of the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors, according to an invitation that solicits the maximum $2,600 campaign contribution.

That's right, Thom has decided that the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors is more important than the people of North Carolina that he took an oath to serve.

But it's just a one-time thing, right?

It’s the second time Tillis will miss a day of session to attend a fundraiser at the offices of the association – a major lobbying player on Capitol Hill. In July, just weeks into his campaign, Tillis skipped a debate on a sweeping tax bill and a contentious gun resolution to attend an event at the same place.

And that doesn't count the time he skipped out of his taxpayer-paid job to raise money from payday lenders, or the time he skipped out of his taxpayer-paid job to attend an ALEC meeting.

Thom is feeding at the public trough, taking our money to do nothing for us but instead to go raise campaign cash for himself.

What a sleazy individual he is.

Tillis has refused to relinquish his post despite calls to do so from Republicans and Democrats.


In case there's any doubt about the sleaze

The hosts for the event include other lobbyists: Jim Anderson, Kirk Blalock, Kate Hull, Mark Isakowitz, Aleix Jarvis, Malloy McDaniel, Billy Piper and Dirk Van Dongen, according to an invitation.

Raising money from lobbyists would, of course, be illegal if Thom were doing it here at home to run for the NC House again.

At least when the campaign finance reports come out, we will know the price of Thom's soul.

"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

Following the money

You know, if any of the rest of us skipped work at our job so we could schmooze with people in an effort to get another job, we'd be fired on the spot.

Politics really is a different world.