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9.9.20

What A Year The Last Three Days Have Been For Senator Tillis

Tillis’ Latest Fumble: His Staffer Dismisses A Cancer Survivor’s Health Care Concern By Comparing Affording Health Care To Buying A Dress Shirt

RALEIGH, NC — Senator Tillis remains one of Mitch McConnell’s weakest incumbent Senators, and this week his flailing campaign is facing unending controversy. Tuesday evening, an investigative report from WRAL found that a staffer from his office dismissed the health care concerns of Mrs. Bev Veals, a three-time cancer survivor who reached out to the office of Senator Thom Tillis for help securing health care coverage after her husband was furloughed.

The staffer compared health care to a dress shirt and told the constituent: “Yeah, just like if I want to go to the store and buy a new dress shirt, if I can’t afford that dress shirt, I don’t get to get it.” When the constituent then followed up to ask what other options were available to her, the Tillis staffer then replied: “Sounds like something you’re going to have to figure it out.” 

The story gained so much traction, Tillis was trending nationally on Twitter. Read what they’re tweeting:

Thomas Mills of Politics NC wrote Tuesday morning that Senator Tillis can’t catch a break. That comes after the Washington Post released a bombshell report Sunday afternoon, revealing Senator Tillis had received campaign contributions as part of an alleged straw donor scheme led by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.The trajectory of Senator Tillis’ week has continued in a downward spiral. Additional reporting from the New York Times out Monday found that on one day in October of 2014, “20 midlevel and senior officials at the company donated a total of $37,600 to the campaign of Senator Thom Tillis,” each check for either $2,600 or $1,000.

The reports from the long weekend led to an editorial Tuesday afternoon slamming Senator Tillis for failing to denounce the findings about DeJoy, his donor. The editorial board wrote that “[b]oth Democrats and Republicans – including and especially Thom Tillis – should call for DeJoy to explain the troubling contributions”  as the “straw-man schemes are a violation of campaign finance laws.” These damning reports reveal the reason Senator Tillis has continued to be silent on DeJoy’s harmful cuts to the USPS that have hurt veterans and rural communities across North Carolina: “Perhaps more concerning is the senator’s apparent reluctance to criticize his benefactor for postal delays that have resulted from DeJoy’s draconian measures to cut USPS costs. Nor has Tillis raised questions about DeJoy’s troubling House testimony.” 

Catch up on Tillis’ week so far: