Did anyone notice during the first Hagan-Tillis debate Sept. 3 that House Speaker Thom Tillis consistently referred to Sen. Kay Hagan using her first name, or both her first and last names, while rarely using her title?
By contrast, both Hagan and the debate moderator consistently referred to him as “Speaker Tillis.” Was the speaker’s form of address an insignificant quirk, ignorance, arrogance or a symptom of a deeper attitude about how men are free to speak to women?
I can’t know Tillis’ motivation for choosing to avoid using Hagan’s title. But I’m afraid it may, at the very least, reflect his lack of respect for her and her legitimate right to the office she was voted into by the people of North Carolina.
It’s one thing for a candidate to disagree with his opponent. Isn’t it another to show so little respect for her and the very office he aspires to himself? Inquiring minds want to know!
Karen K. Matteson