Thursday, January 29, 2015

Thom Tillis Begins His Senate Career with Whining

From his new seat on the Judiciary Committee yesterday, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis took time out of interrogating Attorney General-designee Loretta Lynch to complain that the Department of Justice had sued him (so far, successfully) and others over the restrictive North Carolina omnibus elections law.

Why you pickin' on li'l ole me, Tillis asked, while there's hardened criminals in never every corporate boardroom, people that gave me huge sums of campaign cash. (Okay, I made up the second part of that sentence, but Thom gave me the opening!)

To recap what Thom stage-managed through the NC General Assembly and its current legal status:
A federal appeals court temporarily struck down portions of the state law this past October, ruling that there was "no doubt" that some of its measures would effectively disenfranchise minority voters and that the legislation "stripped away" the rights of North Carolinians. But the Supreme Court blocked that ruling because it would have changed the state's voting procedures too close to the November election. The long-term status of the North Carolina law is still to be decided, as a full trial on the law's merits has not yet taken place.
But, really, Thom whined, why would we need the courts to decide if voters were being deliberately targeted when you have my solemn word that we had no such agenda in mind. Cross my heart and hope to die.

This man is on the Judiciary Committee and doesn't seem to understand what the judiciary is for.

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