Thom Tillis will be the GOP Nominee for the US Senate. Quite possibly without a runoff, and quite probably will win in November
Harry Reid knows it,....Kay Hagan knows it, and they also know that they need to stop Tillis NOW.Reid, Hagan, their surrogates, pacs, followers and hangers on are spending all of their money and all of their efforts in trying to keep Tillis out of an early primary victory. They know that Tillis is the big threat to beat them in November and they recognize that the secondary candidates will not be able to beat Tillis without Democrat help. Let's look at a few things here....
Tillis was a prime mover in the 2010 Republican Takeover of the NC Legislature. His efforts at the grass roots organizational levels were widely credited for bringing the Republican Revolution to Raleigh....The GOP took control of the state legislature for the first time in over 100 years. Even with control of both houses, the legislature did not have a veto proof majority and a bipartisan approach was necessary in order to override numerous Perdue vetoes. Perdue had vetoed a balanced budget, voter id bill, state employee pay raises, tax decreased, and numerous others. The legislature, in their first 2 year term voted to override 11 Perdue Vetoes. Several other issues vetoed by Perdue were passed in the 2013 session after Perdue, seeing the handwriting on the wall, abandoned the Governors Mansion following her first disastrous term
Under the Tillis/Berger leadership of the NC House and Senate, NC has been widely recognized for the dramatic shift to the right in NC politics. One need measure nothing more than the degree of apoplexy exhibited by our local wackos, moron monday protestors and "occupy whatever" groups, in order to assess the impact of NC's shift to the right.
A return to Fiscal accountability, a reduction in taxes for all North Carolinians, a rapidly improving economy are all the results of the Tillis/Berger GOP leadership. Among the first accomplishments of this legislature was the elimination of the "temporary" sales tax Perdue tried to make permanent. Next came the reduction in State Income taxes to a FLAT TAX of 5.8% which, next year, reduces again to a 5.75% rate. Add to that the remarkable turnaround in NC unemployment numbers (especially when compared to the Natl numbers) and it's pretty clear to see that the GOP leadership is having a positive economic effect on NC.
The Legislature under Tillis/Berger passed one of the nations strongest voter id laws
The Legislature, under Tillis/Berger helped North Carolinians define IN THE STATE CONSTITUTION that a marriage between a man and a woman is the only marriage recognized in NC. NC also has implemented stricter Right To life laws - Tillis has been endorsed by the National Right To Life Committee.
The Legislature, under Tillis/Berger passed the Castle Doctrine protecting North Carolinians from Lawsuits from criminals against individuals defending themselves in their homes. They also strengthened and expanded NC Right To Carry laws and prevented local governments form establishing gun free zones on most public properties. Tillis has an A+ rating from the NRA and has been endorsed by the NRA Political Action Fund.
In short, I have found little to dislike about Thom Tillis, I first met him during his first run for governor and was personally impressed with him at that time. I don't claim to know everything there is to know about him, but , from what I do know, I find very little to fault him for.
(In the interest of full disclosure, we have long been close friends with one of his staff members who was involved in the sexual misconduct scandal in his office. For the record, we don't think the speaker handled the severance packages as he should have - it was simply not the politically smartest call to make)
The main criticisms I hear about Tillis, (with the exception of the criticisms over his handling of his staffers "affairs") fall into 3 categories.
1. Sure, he accomplished a lot, but he COULD have done more.
2. Sure, he accomplished a lot, but he COULD have accomplished some things faster, and
3. Sure he accomplished a lot but it was because he was 'pressured' to act by certain advocacy groups.
I just don't know how to respond to any of those 3 "complaints"other than to acknowledge that, yes, there is always more that could be done, done faster, or done better.
Obama won the presidency largely because he had NO track record to be examined. Any politician who has any voting record at all, is certainly always subject to some criticisms for some votes, failures to vote, or whatever.
I have not offered any serious criticisms of the other GOP candidates...and, I recognize that, in politics, nothing is certain. Should either of the other 2 most likely candidates prevail in this primary, they will have my 100% FULL support in November. Control of the Senate is the most important gain conservatives can make this election season and, As Nobody pointed out, there is no viable conservative option other than the GOP.