Monday News: Tillis, the Superspreader

TILLIS HAD AN ACTIVE WEEK AFTER HE WAS LIKELY INFECTED: Last Saturday, Tillis attended an outdoor ceremony at the White House announcing Amy Coney Barrett as the U.S. Supreme Court nominee to succeed the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg. On Tuesday, the senator tweeted a photo after visiting Parker's BBQ in Greenville for a roundtable discussion with local law enforcement leaders. On Wednesday, he met with Barrett on Capitol Hill. On Thursday, Tillis participated in a Senate debate sponsored by Spectrum News with Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham, who said Saturday he has tested negative for the virus. Cameron Wolfe, infectious disease expert at Duke University School of Medicine, said the Rose Garden event Tillis attended could be classified as a "super spreader event." "Unfortunately, we should expect there will be more people that turn positive in his inner circle," Wolfe said.

Day 203

When I went into quarantine back in March, I figured we'd be in for at least a year of misery. No one really knew how this new virus would behave and the misinformation coming from the federal government was mind-boggling. We still don't know as much as we need to know, and the misinformation has gotten exponentially worse.

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages


CONCOCTED SCANDAL DISRUPTS ELECTION BOARD'S IMPORTANT WORK: It turns out that the only thing “collusive” in the ginned-up controversy over the State Board of Elections’ efforts to settle some mail-in ballot lawsuits was the false outrage from Republican Party and GOP leaders in the General Assembly. It was a desperate ploy gone awry. It revealed the shameful and phony efforts – from the president on down – to create baseless distrust in our election and the security of our ballots. How do we know this? Because the spouse of one of the Republican State Board members revealed, via a Facebook post, that David Black’s quitting was NOT necessarily for the reasons stated in a resignation letter. Rather it came after a “very unhappy” telephone call with the lawyer for the state GOP. “These resignations were not voluntary. They were told to resign. Sad times when Republicans are firing intelligent and trustworthy Republicans,” Deb Black said in a Facebook post.

Don’t get distracted

Some are saying North Carolinians are now left with an unenviable choice in the US Senate. We can vote for a guy who texted with a woman (not his wife) in California. Or we can vote for a guy who stood by silently while 200,000 people died in the pandemic for no good reason. It's a no brainer.

Cal says he's not dropping out of the race for US Senate, and he shouldn't. He made a mistake and he apologized. I'm willing to drop it. Because when it comes to decency and morality, I'll take a little texting over accessory to mass murder any day.

Saturday News: Who's next, Dandy?


THOM TILLIS TESTS POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS: Sen. Thom Tillis has tested positive for the coronavirus, the North Carolina Republican announced Friday night. Tillis participated in a televised debate with Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham on Thursday evening from a Spectrum News studio in Raleigh. Tillis was in Washington, D.C., earlier Thursday for a vote on the Senate floor. Tillis, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, also met with Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett on Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol. Cunningham said on Twitter that he plans to get tested. “I’m wishing @SenThomTillis a quick recovery following his positive COVID-19 test, and am thinking of him and his family. Because I was with Senator Tillis recently on the debate stage, I will also get tested,” Cunningham posted on Twitter on Friday night.


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