Pay-to-play corruption case laid out against Tillis
Beaufort Observer agrees he should resign Speakership until absolved
March 24, 2014
John Rhodes, the former legislator ousted by Thom Tillis, blasted Tillis Friday and called upon him to resign. He indicated he is filing formal complaints with the State Board of Elections, the Attorney General and the legislative ethics committee. Rhodes included documentation of his complaints and allegations. You can read his statement by clicking here. That link also contains the documentation supporting Rhodes complaints.
Much of what is included in Rhodes' statement has already been reported. But to our knowledge there has been no compilation in one place of the complaints against Tillis, such as Rhodes has done.
The issue now becomes two-fold: Will the various oversight entities investigate the complaint and how will the Democrats use the information if Tillis wins the Republican nomination and goes up against Kay Hagan in November. Stay tuned. We're confident you will be hearing more about this.
PunditHouse recorded Rhodes statement and you can watch it below:
It's the pattern here that we see as the problem, as well as the associations Tillis has carried since getting into the House. Birds of a feather and all that. Taken all total it is a troubling picture.
The real concern we have is defeating Hagan, and thereby reigning in Obama, Reid and Pelosi. Many of Tillis' supporters say that he is the "only Republican who can beat Hagan..." But with baggage like this it calls into question whether he would even be a viable candidate if he is nominated. One thing for sure: The Democrats will use all this against Tillis.
Consequently, we call on Mr. Tillis to step down as Speaker and ask the Legislative leadership to appoint a special independent committee of non-legislators to investigate these charges and any others that anyone wants to bring forth. We think it important that whatever is going to come out do so before the May Primary. If the Republican voters then decide to nominate Mr. Tillis we think that is all well and good. But a cover-up is the last thing Republicans need going into such an important election as the U. S. Senate seat in November.
Simply as "Food For Thought" we would commend this article to Mr. Tillis for his consideration.