On May 6th, when voters were turning out for primaries here in NC, the Washington Post published a fluff piece about Thom Tillis, full of little "factoids" to help DC insiders have some conversation starters at cocktail parties about an eventual (possible) new face in town.
A few of the fascinating things we learned from the Post's listicle:
He sends messages with lollipops. Tillis would keep a mug full of Dum Dum lollipops on his desk. If he thought an idea was, well, less than brilliant, he would reward its author with a sweet treat that sent a less-than-subtle message.
Doesn't that sound like Reagan's jellybean fetish in a more twisted, Machiavellian sort of way?
Tillis likes the outdoors. He’s an avid water skier and mountain biker.
I guess it's more manly than windsurfing. Perhaps Tillis can explain to the NRA, who gave him an A rating, why he voted for expanding every facet of NC's gun laws, but skipped the vote on allowing guns in state parks. I guess he didn't want NRA members intruding on his bike ride.
He likes dogs. Tillis has named his pets Reagan, Abe and — the newest addition to the family — Ike.
Teddy knows that he wouldn't name one of his dogs "Teddy" - that Republican was probably a little too much of a "RINO" for Tillis.
Tillis didn’t get his college degree until age 37. In 1996, he became a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, the accounting giant. The next year, he completed his college degree online through a distance learning program with University of Maryland University College.
This one had me wondering - perhaps another BlueNC reader can explain to me how someone becomes a partner at a high-powered accounting and auditing firm without a degree.
I think BlueNC readers can do better than the Post reporter, obviously trying not to offend anyone, just in case Tillis winds up bringing his Dum Dum lollipops to the Senate.
What are 11 things you think we should know about Thom Tillis?
Here's a few I found in his voting record.
- He voted to repeal the Racial Justice Act.
- He voted in favor of repealing the Estate Tax.
- He voted in favor of prohibiting disclosure of concealed firearms permits.
- He voted in favor of allowing fracking in NC.
- He voted in favor of the Republican's racially discriminatory gerrymandering plan.
- He voted against one-stop registration and voting.
- He voted for NC's racially discriminatory voter ID law.
- He said that Amendment One would be overturned in twenty years, but voted for it anyway.
- He voted in favor of overriding the Governor's veto of an abortion law requiring physicians to give patients misleading and information on abortion.
- He voted in favor of collecting DNA samples upon arrest.
- He voted against a bill that prevents the execution of defendants if race is found to have been an underlying factor in the decision to seek the death penalty at the time of the trial.