The arrogance of Sen. Tucker

tuckerSenator Tommy Tucker has an interesting way of interacting with people who have the nerve to disagree with him. He simply reminds them that he is a grand exalted state senator and they are merely lowly citizens.

An editorial in today’s Charlotte Observer has the the latest example.

Sen. Tommy Tucker of Waxhaw said a mouthful with just 13 words on Tuesday”

“I am the senator. You are the citizen. You need to be quiet.”

Last week Tucker ordered Bill Rowe of the N.C Justice Center to “sit down” after Rowe pointed out that a bill to require people applying for public benefits to be drug-test tested was clearly unconstitutional.

Somebody needs to remind Tucker that part of his job as an elected official is listening to people he represents, not berating them.





  1. Jack

    April 17, 2013 at 9:48 am

    The NCGA has made it clear that they are the GA and that we the people are simply citizens. This attitude of the GA will change the nature and culture of NC.

  2. Ross Pipes

    April 17, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Senator Tommy Tucker doesn’t understand that as an elected official his job is to listen to the people who elect him and totally understand if they do not like the way he is voting that they can and will work to turn him out of office. It is unconstitutional for Senator Tucker to demand that people be required to be drug tested when applying for public benefits.

  3. Steve Harrison

    April 17, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Typical bully. When you know your position is weak, silencing your opposition through intimidation is the preferred option. God forbid you should actually engage in introspection.

  4. wncgirl

    April 17, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    If this proposal (which is unconstitutional) passes… then I DEMAND immediate drug testing for all elected officials. We all need to demand this and I would go one further- we all know how much they love to drink and socialize (usually at our expense), so let’s make NC dry for politicians and since they are all about defending marriage no more GOP candidates who have been divorced.. yeah sounds fair to me… they hold our state in their hands and I would like to think they were coherent while running it. -and FYI — The Republicans are definitely smoking something; not pot… they are too rabid and hateful for that.. perhaps crack I’ve heard that makes you belligerant, paranoid and violent.

  5. Gene Bridges

    April 17, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Senator Tucker calls himself a Christian. He’s fair game for this, then:

    Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to His disciples,2saying: “The scribes and the Pharisees have seated themselves in the chair of Moses;3therefore all that they tell you, do and observe, but do not do according to their deeds; for they say things and do not do them.4“They tie up heavy burdens and lay them on men’s shoulders, but they themselves are unwilling to move them with so much as a finger.5“But they do all their deeds to be noticed by men; for they broaden their phylacteries and lengthen the tassels of their garments.6“They love the place of honor at banquets and the chief seats in the synagogues,7and respectful greetings in the market places, and being called Rabbi by men.8“But do not be called Rabbi; for One is your Teacher, and you are all brothers.9“Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven.10“Do not be called leaders; for One is your Leader, that is, Christ.11“But the greatest among you shall be your servant.12“Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.

  6. Frances Jenkins

    April 17, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    This is not what Senator Tucker said, just more misinformtion from the Blueprint group.

    I have trouble with Gene’s devotion to the good faith. He has a mean spirit about him.

  7. Chris

    April 17, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Frances Jenkins, then what did he say?

    Most of Gene’s post is a quote from the Bible. Apparently, you find the Bible mean-spirited.

  8. Frances Jenkins

    April 17, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    First, the Bible can be used in anyway even for mean spirted people like Gene.
    Secondly, the person was screaming loudly from the back while Senator Tucker was trying to talk.

  9. Chris

    April 17, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    So you aren’t denying now that those are his words? You’re just trying to spin it? Lame.

    And attacking other posters on here adds a level of hypocrisy to your claim that Gene is mean-spirited.

    Seriously, you’ve earned a whole slew of eye-rolls from me.

  10. Cathy Pruitt

    April 17, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    You should not have ever ran for office and the people like you in office is what is wrong with America now, You lied to get into office and do not care about the citizens of North Carolina. I think the citizens of North Carolina should have you thrown out of office and deport your lousy ___ to Russia.

  11. ron

    April 18, 2013 at 7:50 am

    Way to go, Chris…game, set, and match!

  12. Frances Jenkins

    April 18, 2013 at 8:13 am

    Are you saying Senator Tucker should not be allowed to carry out committee work without a shout down from the Associated Press attorney? No spin, Tucker has a right to conduct government business in an orderly manner. Beyond that, we should not prop up newspapers with taxpayer money when the same information could be displayed for the public at little cost on a web site. The system is being used as always by corrupt Democrats and liberals. Generally they are one in the same. A great example is the game plan by Blueprint, demonize, demonize.

  13. Chris

    April 18, 2013 at 9:12 am

    I’m saying that you’ve posted not one single link to anything backing up what you’re saying. That I have no faith in what you say and that those words used by the senator are hardly defensible in any possible context that I can fathom, much less what you’re fabricating. Further, your hypocrisy is egregious. I also have less trust for a government that posts information outside of full scrutiny through an independent agency— and to run a secure website that Anonymous can not hijack isn’t “at little cost”— while that government has a senator sounding as arrogant and power-hungry as senator Tucker.

    Your argument lacks any semblance of critical thinking skills, and even less factual basis, to come to the conclusions you have to defend this man. That is what I am saying.

  14. Steiner

    April 18, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    Well, the meme is out and his picture and quote are spinning through the Internet. The political class has too many bullies.

  15. Harold

    April 20, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Senator Tucker
    All the work you do should be in public site and not behind closed doors as passed administrations has done. You work for the People and do not forget it. There has been to much of behind closed doors deals. You remind me of the Democrats of the passed in North Carolina. Which are you a Republican or a Democrat?? Which one are you ? You wonder why the people do not trust the government you are the reason why.

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