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Thomas resignation: Another reminder of our shared imperfection

One of the most powerful people in North Carolina politics and lawmaking resigned last night. Charles Thomas, the Chief of Staff, close confidant and roommate of the Speaker of the House quickly resigned after being confronted by Raleigh’s News & Observer about a romantic, extramarital relationship he’s apparently been engaged in with a lobbyist for one of the state’s most powerful special interest groups.

It seems likely that more information will come out today, so there’s no reason to speculate further about or dwell on the details.

But it does seem worth noting that this episode provides another reminder of something we all should remember: Humans are imperfect — especially when it comes to our intimate and personal relationships with other humans.  As such, we need to tread very lightly when it comes to such matters.

Let’s hope that, if anything comes out of this episode it’s this: All North Carolinians are reminded that no one has a monopoly on morality in this area and that we would all do well to bring an extra measure of humility to any discussions thereof. Hopefully, this will even include those people — like the man in question — who’ve been seeking to impose one narrow version of morality when it come to intimate personal relationships of late in the matter of a certain constitutional amendment.

8 Comments


  1. Paula Wolf

    April 27, 2012 at 11:07 am

    If I may offer a word or two of advice to young lobbyists…Everyone is watching you. The walls have ears in the Legislative Building–especially in the cafeteria. The place thrives on gossip and rumors. Politics is a tough business. Trust no one.

  2. Frank Burns

    April 27, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Why isn’t there an investigation into whether or not NC taxpayer funds were used by the NC Democratic party for their sexual harrassment suit? Is there anyone looking out for the NC taxpayer?

  3. HunterC

    April 27, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Why isn’t there an investigation into whether or not NC taxpayer funds were used by Tillis-Chief-of-Staff-until-last-night Charles Thomas to wine and dine a younger woman?

    Is anyone looking out for the NC taxpayer?

  4. david esmay

    April 27, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    @Frank, since the NC Democratic party is not a government agency, unlike the office of the Speaker, why would tax payer money be involved? That question is just silly.

  5. jlp75

    April 27, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Frank, you’re a typical conservative. When the Democrats have a scandal give them hell. When the Republicans have a scandal deflect to the last Democratic scandal. You’re a real piece of work. You are a prime example of why many liberals do not care for conservatives.

  6. Frank Burns

    April 27, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    JLP, I give them hell because nobody else is doing that. From the liberal press is the sound of silence. You all squack the minute a Republican is caught doing something wrong but have nothing to say when the NC taxpayer may have been abused by this scandal. I reckon you think its ok to do that.

  7. david esmay

    April 28, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Where’s frances? She hasn’t weighed in like she did on Jay Parmley, you know throwing unsubstantiated rumors like Nolan Ryan in his prime, or maybe she is frank/frances/francis/alex. We’re not piling on this guy, that would be easy, or gloating. The timing of both situations raises my eyebrows.

  8. Frank Burns

    April 29, 2012 at 8:11 am

    David,
    What is your point on Nolan Ryan? A simple investigation will clear it all up. Surely you agree that taxpayer funds should not be used for the settlement of the sexual harrassment lawsuit. I can understand why they are trying to keep this all under wraps due to its sordid nature regarding AIDS infection and the Governor’s flip flop in 24 hours regarding calling for the Chairman to step down. But let’s just sweep that under the rug and talk about Tillis’ employee.

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