“Divide and conquer” comments continue to haunt Speaker (audio)

Upon returning from a cultural exchange trip to Turkey, House Speaker Thom Tillis will hold another series of town hall meetings in Winston-Salem, Hickory and Rutherfordton.

Tillis will be hoping to avoid more questions and criticism about his recent appearance in Mars Hill, in which he suggested the state find a way to “divide and conquer” those receiving public assistance.

On Wednesday, Rep. Tricia Cotham, who also represents Mecklenburg County, called the comments “disrespectful” and said the Speaker should be better informed about families living in poverty and struggling to make ends meet in this recession.

Cotham appears on News & Views this weekend to discuss the upcoming November legislative session and Governor Perdue’s proposal to expand Pre-K to more at-risk children.  For a preview of Rep. Cotham’s radio interview, click below:

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