March 13, 2019/Press

NEW: Tillis “Wavering” on Emergency Declaration, Caving to Presidential Pressure & Primary Threats

Raleigh – Senator Thom Tillis is “wavering” and “could change his position” on his pledge to stand up to the White House after political pressure from the president and GOP base – yet another sign he is the most vulnerable Republican incumbent in the country.

From the New York Times:

Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina, appeared to be wavering, according to multiple people at the policy lunch.

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The resolution of disapproval has squeezed Mr. Tillis between conservatives in his home state angered by his stand and the swing voters he needs for his re-election in 2020.

Mr. Trump has added his own pressure. In conversations with staff members and lawmakers, the president has made an emotional case for opposing the resolution, telling them that a vote in favor would be seen by their constituents as “a vote against border security” and warning that such a move would be regarded as disloyalty, according to three Republicans with direct knowledge of his actions, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The News & Observer reported that North Carolina Republicans are furious with the first-term senator and entertaining a primary challenger. Even Tillis’ “good friend” GOP Congressman Mark Walker went on the record to say that Tillis “opened the door” to a primary challenger. Walker went a step further, refusing to say that he wouldn’t challenge Tillis himself.

“It only took two weeks, some presidential pressure, and a potential primary challenger for Thom Tillis to lose his spine and fall right back in line with President Trump,” NCDP spokesman Robert Howard said. “On the issues that matter most to North Carolinians, Tillis says one thing but does another, even when it hurts North Carolina families.”

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