September 5, 2019/Press

Tillis’ “Olympic Gold Flip Flop” Raids $80 Million from NC Military Bases – Including Projects He Once Touted He Secured

Raleigh – Senator Tillis’ “Olympic Gold flip flop” on the president’s emergency declaration last spring is costing Camp Lejeune, Fort Bragg, and Seymour Johnson Air Force Base more than $80 million in funding, according to a list released by the Pentagon. Among cuts are projects that Senator Tillis once touted as securing, including a radio complex and addition to an ambulatory care center at Camp Lejeune he called “major wins,” an elementary school at Fort Bragg he dubbed “significant,” and a KC-46A ADAL for Alt Mission Storage at Seymour Johnson AFB he said was part of “critical improvements” at the base.

Senator Tillis “caved like a $4 suitcase” on the emergency declaration last spring after facing pressure from the president and threats of a Republican primary challenger. His “flip flop for the ages” caused him to “lose credibility with North Carolina Republicans” (a position that hasn’t improved) and earned him a wealthy, conservative primary challenge who now appears to be running neck and neck with him.

Tillis was later forced to admit that his decision came “at the expense of work we’re doing at Camp Lejeune and Fort Bragg through military construction.” Last spring, local editorial boards blasted him for his “belly flop,” noting that it will force our military bases and families to “foot the bill.”

“Now we know the full cost of Senator Tillis’ spineless flip flop this spring – and it includes projects he once celebrated,” NCDP spokesman Robert Howard said. “Senator Tillis rubberstamped President Trump’s reckless decision to raid tens of millions of dollars for North Carolina’s military communities in a panicked, desperate attempt to ward off a Republican primary challenger – a move that backfired spectacularly. Now, North Carolina’s military communities and their families are left to pick up the tab. Senator Tillis continues to show that he’s nothing more than a typical Washington politician who will put his reelection chances before North Carolina’s military families.”