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Are the wheels coming off the Tillis speakership?

Today’s story by reporter Andy Curliss in Raleigh’s News & Observer has to make a person wonder.

Tillis paid almost $20,000 in public money to two staffers after they were canned for inappropriate relationships with lobbyists? One has to wonder about all of the other state employees — most notably the thousands of educators in our public schools who lost their jobs as a result of Tillis deciding to can them. They lost their much lower paying jobs through no fault of their own. I’ll bet they would have liked to have received such generous payments.

What’s next in the series of wacky and embarrassing developments on Jones Street?

14 Comments


  1. Mark

    May 17, 2012 at 8:24 am

    and none of those teachers lost their jobs for having inappropriate relationships with lobbyists

  2. Frank Burns

    May 17, 2012 at 8:47 am

    I would like to know how much public money was used to pay off the sexual harrassment lawsuit by NC Democratic party leadership. That is a much bigger issue than what Tillis paid. Currently the Democratic party is stonewalling the public.

  3. Rob Schofield

    May 17, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Thanks Frank. Also, it turns out I’m not the only one struck by the absurdity of Tillis’ action.

    Barry Saunders of the N&O does a great job of hitting on this very point in this article.

  4. Stephen

    May 17, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Hey Frank, what if the answer is “zero”? I bet you wouldn’t believe it! What would it take to prove it to you?

  5. Frank Burns

    May 17, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Hey Stephen, how about an independant audit? That would prove it to me.

  6. localyokel

    May 17, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Ah one rule for Democrats and one for Republicans…. teachers according to conservatives are just a step above welfare queens.

  7. Stephen

    May 17, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Who would pay for that, Frank? Are you willing to spend some of your tax money on such an audit?

  8. Frank Burns

    May 17, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Stephen,
    Absolutely not. The audit should be paid for completely by the Democratic party. Their leadership created this mess with their use of sexual harrassment and they should prove to NC citizens that no public funds were used for that settlement or payoff.

  9. david esmay

    May 17, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Tax payer money didn’t pay the settlement in the harassment lawsuit. The DNC isn’t a government agency, unlike Tillis’ office. More than likely their insurance paid it off, like any business’ would, if not, a donor, contibutions. The NC DNC doesn’t collect taxes Major Burns.

  10. Frank Burns

    May 17, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    David, I hear you but I prefer a more reliable source proves that to the NC taxpayers. The State of NC paid over $331,000 to the NC Democratic party in 2011 according to the State Board of Elections. I consider that a waste of money. Why are the taxpayers doing that?

  11. Stephen

    May 18, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Frank, how much did the state of NC give to the NC Republican Party in 2011?

  12. Frank Burns

    May 18, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Stephen, I don’t know but I see no need for the taxpayers to give any money to either party. Here is a cost savings, let’s stop doing that.

  13. ncmom88

    May 20, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Frank,

    The so-called “taxpayer” money you are alleging is check-off money that taxpayers VOLUNTARILY give for the political party of their choice. And its absurd to expect the NCDP to pay for an audit that is not necessary. They have not broken any tax laws, state or federal, with the payment they made to the alleged victim (we’ll never really know what happened, since both parties signed a confidentiality agreement). Parties of lawsuits do that all the time.

  14. Frank Burns

    May 21, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Mom, The source of the funds are from taxpayers regardless of it being voluntary or not, should not be used to pay off a sexual harrassment lawsuit by leadership of the NC Democratic party. They need to prove it to the public that they were not used for that purpose. By checking the box, the public never intended those funds to be used for payoffs for misconduct by the leadership. It is interesting that the chairman who approved the payoff is still running the party, despite the embarassment that he is presenting to the National Democrats and the upcoming convention in Charlotte. He needs to provide an answer to the public, if he doesn’t, this will be another stain on their leadership and will hurt them in the upcoming elections and abuses the trust of the public.

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