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Senator Tillis Failed His Own Test of Independence

Senator Tillis has failed his own test of independence, becoming a partisan rubber stamp for President Trump and Mitch McConnell after promising to be an independent senator.

In 2014, Senator Tillis described himself as someone who would be an “independent” senator who would “stand up to the president when he’s wrong and stand up to our leadership.” He attacked his opponent for voting with the president “95 percent of the time,” and said she failed to “uphold her promises to be an ‘independent’ Senator” and was a “rubber stamp.”

Flash forward six years and Senator Tillis has failed his own test of independence:

  • Tillis votes with his party 96 percent of the time and with the administration 99 percent of the time [Roll Call, 5/6/19]
  • Tillis is “relying on big-money donors and industry political action committees” to fund his campaign [Charlotte Observer, 10/25/19]
  • Tillis “has abandoned the state he represents for the president he thinks he needs.” [Charlotte Observer Editorial Board, 6/1/19]

Tillis caved to Trump even when it hurt North Carolina:

  • After writing an infamous op-ed saying he’d stand up to the president and stating, “It’s never a tough vote for me when I’m standing on principle,” Tillis “caved like a $4 suitcase” and promptly became Trump’s “new best friend.” [PBS NewsHour, 5/13/19; Politico, 11/18/19]