Last week, Kay Hagan responded to an offer by the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters to host a debate by accepting their proposal and urging Thom Tillis to do so, too. In her letter, she encouraged Tillis and his campaign to agree to a debate schedule “worthy of the people of our great state.” 

So what did Tillis do? He called for ten debates. That’s right–ten. What an ass. Hagan made a decent proposal and he fires back with sophomoric one-upmanship. 

Jordan Shaw, Tillis’ spokesman, replied to Hagan’s letter, “We contacted the Broadcasters’ Association the day after the primary about participating in their debates. We have also accepted two additional opportunities to debates with the Bankers Association and the Medical Society.” So nanny-nanny-boo-boo.

Thom Tillis obviously doesn’t understand the public’s appetite for politics and quite clearly thinks he’s running for president. Nobody wants ten debates. They want enough opportunities to get a picture of both sides and information to help them make informed decisions. Nothing more, nothing less. This is not Lincoln-Douglas redux. 

The longer Thom Tillis is a candidate, the less of one he’s turning out to be. Tillis seems to care far more about the game of politics than the goals of politics. He puts out silly tweets making childish comments about his opponent’s campaign and now he’s suggesting the state is engrossed enough in this race to want ten debates. If it weren’t politics, he would be diagnosed as having delusions of grandeur. 

We need fewer people in Washington like Thom Tillis, not more. To Tillis, politics is an end in itself. He’s all about Thom and his career. He’s a perfect example of what’s wrong with politics. Everything’s got an angle and he’s always trying to score points. Just what we don’t need. 


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