A Republican state lawmaker is raising concerns once again about Thom Tillis ethics, saying hard questions need to be asked about his bid for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate.
Rep. Robert Brawley authored an open letter to Tillis that calls into question Tillis ability to mount an effective campaign to defeat Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan come November. The Mooresville lawmaker, who has been critical of Tillis in the past, raised seven issues that he thinks Democrats would target in a general election between Hagan and Tillis.
If theyre going to attack, thats what I would attack, Brawley said in an interview. Every issue in the General Assembly is going to have to be dealt with between now and a November election.
Brawley said the baggage will hurt Tillis chances in November.
Were going to have to defend the record, and nobodys talking about that, he said.
The Tillis campaign declined to comment on the letter.
Brawley has been on the outs with the state Republican Party for almost a year after writing a scathing letter to Tillis, which was read aloud in the House, and then resigning under pressure from his post as Finance Committee chairman.
He said hes still working on picking a favorite in this primary race.
Why have you spent this campaign raising money rather than attending the Republican forums? Brawley wrote in the letter. I believe most Republicans will pull behind our candidate this fall but we are also important the rest of the year. Hopefully votes are as important as money.