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1.14.20

ICYMI: Cal Cunningham Maintains Position As “Strong Challenger” Following Fourth Quarter Haul, While Tillis “Embarrasses” North Carolina

Cal Cunningham has maintained his position as a strong challenger following another strong fundraising quarter, while Thom Tillis’ weakness continues to be on full display, with the Charlotte Observer saying he “embarrasses himself and the state he represents.”  

Last week, Cal’s campaign announced that he’s raised $3.1 million this cycle, “far outpacing what North Carolina’s last two Senate challengers raised in the same time period of their races.” Cal’s latest haul is just the type of momentum that signals mounting troubles for Tillis.

The Washington Post writes that the chances of Democrats taking the majority in the Senate “improve every day.” It is clear that North Carolina is a key stop in the road to victory this November.

On top of that, Tillis’ latest embarrassment to North Carolina begged this question from the Charlotte Observer Editorial Board“[D]o we want a senator so consumed with currying favor from Donald Trump that he embarrasses himself and the state he represents?” 

His “birthday blunder” included coverage from Politics NC, underscoring his, “stands for nothing” legacy and his ability to “debase himself regularly trying to stay in the good graces of the con man in the White House.” 

As Cal receives support from thousands of North Carolinians across the state, endorsements from over 140 North Carolina leaders, and groups like League of Conservation Voters and the AFL-CIO, he continues to prove that he will always put North Carolinians first — unlike Thom Tillis.

Read more of the latest news in #NCSEN below.


Washington Post: This is how Democrats can flip the Senate

By Jennifer Rubin — January 10, 2020

  • It is not out of the question that Democrats could hold the House (or add a few seats), win the White House and win the Senate majority in 2020. It does not mean it’s very likely, but chances of a clean sweep improve every day, so long as Democrats do not pick a weak presidential nominee.

  • A batch of other states the Democrats have a shot to flip at the presidential level also offer Democratic pickup chances…North Carolina’s incumbent Sen. Thom Tillis likely will face a strong challenger in Cal Cunningham, who led Tillis by 2 points in a Public Policy Polling poll last fall.

  • They have an expanding playing field (with real shots in Lean Republican or toss-up seats at risk for Republicans in Maine, Colorado, Arizona, Kansas and North Carolina) that will force Democrats to defend lots of seats — cutting off the ones who are in the worst shape when money gets tough.
  • One cannot stress enough that Democrats will need a candidate who runs strongly in places like Colorado, Arizona, North Carolina, Texas and Georgia — not just those overwhelmingly white upper Midwest states — if they want to have a real chance at get to 50 seats or more.

Charlotte Observer: Thom Tillis’ Birthday Blunder Embarrasses NC

By The Editorial Board — January 06, 2020

  • There’s nothing wrong with sending someone a happy birthday wish, public or private. So why did Thom Tillis’ acknowledgment of Eric Trump’s 36th birthday Saturday elicit some social media groaning?

  • It could be the timing of the gesture that prompted some eye-rolling. At a moment when the country is grappling with the unsettling U.S. assassination of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani — a time when we’d like our members of Congress to position themselves as a thoughtful check on any president’s action — Tillis was acting more like a party planner.

  • The senator long ago laid his political future at the feet of the president, and he’s dutifully made the rounds on television of late to declare the Trump’s impeachment hearings a sham.

  • So while it’s disappointing, it’s not unexpected that Tillis, like other Republicans, is declining to push for evidence to back up Trump’s assertion that Suleimani posed an imminent threat to U.S. interests. It’s not surprising that Tillis is publicly untroubled by reports that Pentagon officials were stunned Trump took the most extreme option of assassination instead of more measured, prudent approaches to tension with Iran. It’s hardly unforeseen that Tillis has declined to utter a peep of protest over Trump’s vocal willingness to commit war crimes and attack Iranian cultural sites.

  • But soliciting Americans to sign a birthday card for Donald Trump’s son? It showed a troubling lack of distance between a U.S. senator and a president, one that surely had some of Tillis’ fellow Republicans wincing, too. It’s also a sign to North Carolinians that as we turn the calendar to 2020, we have a clear choice ahead.

  • Do voters want a U.S. senator who understands that it is sometimes his or her uncomfortable duty to question a president, especially one who so regularly threatens constitutional boundaries and historical norms? Or do we want a senator so consumed with currying favor from Donald Trump that he embarrasses himself and the state he represents?

Politics NC: A Sad Little Man

By Thomas Mills — January 6, 2020

  • I suspect that at some point, Thom Tillis had a modicum of self-respect. I also suspect that those days are long forgotten. Today, he debases himself regularly trying to stay in the good graces of the con man in the White House.

  • This weekend, he tweeted, “Eric Trump’s birthday is coming up. We’re putting together a birthday card for him—will you add your name?” Conservative columnist Matt Lewis commented sarcastically, “This seems like a perfectly dignified thing for a U.S. Senator to be doing.” Another Republican political consultant wrote, “Straight up embarrassing.”

  • Tillis, though, has lost any sense of dignity so he’s also lost the capacity to be embarrassed. In his narrow little mind, he’s convinced himself that his tweet will draw favor from the president. What a pathetic view of oneself.

  • But soliciting Americans to sign a birthday card for Donald Trump’s son? It showed a troubling lack of distance between a U.S. senator and a president, one that surely had some of Tillis’ fellow Republicans wincing, too. It’s also a sign to North Carolinians that as we turn the calendar to 2020, we have a clear choice ahead.

  • Tillis, of course, stands for nothing. Last March, he began a transformation from a centrist Senator who bragged about working across the aisle to a Trump toady matched only by Lindsay Graham. The pivotal event was an op-ed Tillis wrote gently criticizing Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to build his border wall. When the president expressed his dissatisfaction, Tillis flip-flopped and voted for a senate resolution supporting the measure. Since then, he’s done all he can to curry favor with Trump, debasing himself regularly and showing no independence.

  • For some people, politics is really damaging vocation. The adulation and sense of power feeds narcissistic tendencies that otherwise might be kept in check. For some, it leads to affairs or other unsavory relationships. For others, like Tillis, they fear losing their sense of entitlement and influence. They’ll do almost anything to keep it.

  • Tillis has so wrapped himself up in his political identity, he’s forgotten who he was. He got involved in politics to get more bike paths in Cornelius. Just fifteen years later, he’s the US Senator from North Carolina who will do or say essentially anything to curry favor with Donald Trump. His rapid rise in power is proportional to the rapid demise of his self-respect. What a pathetic trade off and what a sad little man.