Our esteemed GOP US Senator, Thom Tillis, has been throwing his weight around a bit.
First, a US Senator from Ohio who happens to be more conservative than Tillis, and much better overall, is JD Vance. Vance had justifiably made some comments opposing additional aid for Ukraine, and raising concerns about where the monies previously sent had gone. Tillis reacted in a vulgar, wildly inappropriate fashion reflecting his anger with Vance’s comments. But in reality, this was also an establishment player broadcasting his disagreement with conservative policy.
Second, Tillis threw his endorsement behind Bill Graham who is seeking the GOP nomination for governor of North Carolina. Graham is a businessman with a lot of money but no political experience. He has some effective TV ads that have increased his standings in the polls.
The fact that Tillis supports him makes his candidacy suspect. It elevates my concerns about Graham dramatically. It is quite common for national establishment money to sway gubernatorial races– and that is why many red southern states get stuck with such weak Republican governors.
It is clear that if Tillis supports Graham, we need to look elsewhere. And if he doesn’t like what Vance says, we need to give it at least some level of credence.