Protesters who visited the General Assembly this morning to call attention to the latest wasteful special legislative session were happy to find out that neither House Speaker Thom Tillis’ staff nor the legislative police had any intention of reprising their absurd and unlawful decision from February to kick them out of the public space on the second floor – a place where Tillis was only too happy to chat with conservative protesters in the past.
Let’s hope the decision to let protesters proceed and drop off thousands of petition signatures at the Speaker’s office was a result of Tillis’ people coming to their senses on at least this one matter and not just a byproduct of another rather remarkable fact, i.e. the fact that Tillis didn’t even bother to show up!
You got that? After putting scores of people — building staff, security people, legislative assistants and lawmakers themselves — through the hassle of traveling to Raleigh for a special session that lasted all of five minutes, Speaker Tillis — the man behind the whole thing — couldn’t be bothered to attend.