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Tillis unplugged (and incomprehensible) again

Conservative Raleigh talk show host Bill LuMaye interviewed House Speaker Thom Tillis this morning on his show and, to his credit, gave Tillis a pretty hard time (in his own inimitable and wacky way) about providing severance pay-offs to his staffers (including his chief of staff and roommate) who resigned as a result of their romantic relationships with lobbyists.

If you listen to the spot — which runs about seven and half minutes, you’ll hear Tillis sound an awful lot like Ralph Kramden from the old “Honeymooners” TV show doing his best to come up with something to say other than “homina, homina, homina.”

According to Tillis, he paid off Charles Thomas and Amy Hobbs because if he had fired them, they would have then “qualified for 99 weeks of unemployment [insurance].”

Say what? No wonder Tillis wants to ruin the state unemployment insurance system; he doesn’t understand how it works. The basic standard of the law is that people fired for cause/malfeasance in the workplace are NOT eligible for unemployment benefits. Not to mention the fact that they can’t claim it if they’ve become re-employed. Thomas had already field the papers to start a new “consulting” business even before he left the Speaker’s office.

Add to this the fact that Tillis later refers to the unemployment insurance system as “workmen’s compensation” AND the fact that Tillis claims to talk to Pat McCrory “every day” (McCrory will love that) and it all totals up to another boffo public performance for the Speaker.

You can listen to the entire LuMaye interview by clicking here.

3 Comments


  1. Rob Schofield

    June 9, 2012 at 9:13 am

    And as an aside, the 99 weeks crack is also b.s. — even for people who are actually eligible for U.I., recent law changes would make that impossible. It’s really amazing that after all this time Tillis couldn’t cook up a better explanation than this.

    It actually would have been a whole lot less disingenuous if he would have just admited that he paid these people off because he liked them, thought they’d done good work and felt bad about them leaving. But that wouldn’t have conformed the prescribed macho, right-wing image that’s required of all conservative polticians in modern America.

  2. Remember The Zapple Doctrine

    June 11, 2012 at 11:38 am

    next time you see Bill, as him about the Zapple Doctrine.

  3. dscott

    June 11, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Policywatch,
    When you run your photo of Tillis in the future, please use the caption: “What, me worry?”

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