You room with a guy and don't have a clue he's cooking molasses with a lobbyist who has a special interest in what legislation gets considered, and when. Doesn't pass the smell test.
Mr. Tillis seemed to indicate that he has a soft spot for disgraced roommates who make faulty personal choices. The Wilmington Star-News editorialized:
The speaker and the Republican-dominated General Assembly didn't exhibit the same sympathy for the thousands of state employees who lost their jobs due to the Republican "austerity" budget. They were merely casualties of the quest to make government leaner and more efficient. Tillis and his colleagues weren't moved by their plight or that of long-term unemployed workers whose "human side" wasn't an issue last year when Republicans held their subsistence benefits hostage in a politically motivated effort to force Gov. Beverly Perdue to accept automatic across-the-board spending cuts during budget negotiations.
That Star-News editorial led off with this line: "Such a stand-up guy, that Thom Tillis." Ouch.
And not one but TWO Tillis staffers were found to be screwing lobbyists (or getting screwed. We're still not 100% sure), but apparently the other one, a woman, was worthy of far less Tillis sympathy, since she only got $7,000 as a parting gift. You gotta screw the RIGHT lobbyist to get the big bucks.