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Earlier this week, Thom Tillis made a bizarre debate challenge for the general election, even though he continues to ignore challenges from his own primary opponents, including Larry Holmquist.
Following this news, The Daily Haymaker called him out for refusing to “explain himself to his own party’s voters.”
Even after Tillis spent more than $700,000 on paid advertising in his primary, the latest ratings from Morning Consult found that he is “still in negative territory” and maintains the lowest approval rating of any sitting Senator.
And one commentator in North Carolina said this could be a sign that Team Tillis is “concerned.”
The Daily Haymaker emphasizes the continued conservative distrust for Tillis who is “too darn slimy for their tastes,” and asks: “[I]s it still about principles, or is it about letting DC lobbyists pick someone for us who will play nice with Mitch McConnell?”
Read the full post below.
By Brant Clifton – January 16, 2020
…Thomas Roland Tillis is not interested in explaining himself to his own party’s voters. He never got 50 percent of the vote (primary OR general) when he was first elected to the US Senate in 2014. You’d think some bolstering of the base might be in order.
But, no. Thom’s NCGOPe comrades have done a bang-up job of sidelining and silencing conservatives in the state. Besides, plenty of those folks will simply hold their noses and fall in line. (Kinda like in 2014, eh? )
According to the drive-bys, the Tillis campaign (actually, more likely Paul “0-for-alot” Shumaker) is demanding FIVE debates with the eventual Democrat nominee.
Meanwhile, a debate challenge from Larry Holmquist — one of Tillis’s THREE primary opponents — has been sitting around ignored since January 13. Sharon Hudson and Paul Wright are also in the primary field.
For conservatives who still find Tillis just too darn slimy for their tastes, those are three respectable choices to park your vote with. (Or you can simply leave the line blank in the primary and general.)
I know. They look quite low-budget. But is it still about principles, or is it about letting DC lobbyists pick someone for us who will play nice with Mitch McConnell?