Brawley/Tillis feud not over

Posted May 23, 2013

— If an email sent to House members Thursday is any indication, the feud between former Finance Committee Chairman Robert Brawley and House Speaker Thom Tillis is far from over.

Brawley, a 10-term Republican from Iredell, handed back his gavel Wednesday. His resignation letter was read aloud and entered into the House journal, causing a stir among Republicans and Democrats alike. 

The letter, a scathing list of grievances and accusations, was a rare public show of discord within the House majority leadership. 

Tillis spokesman Jordan Shaw said Wednesday that he believed Brawley's resignation from his chairmanship was "a mutual decision." 

An email Brawley sent to all House members early Thursday morning seems to indicate otherwise. 

Here's the message: 

From: Rep. Robert Brawley
Sent: Thursday, May 23, 2013 6:23 AM
To: @House/Members
Subject: Yesterday

The speaker is a gentleman and scholar but he and I have a serious difference on some political, constitutional and procedural issues . During a discussion of our differences, he said he wanted me to return my gavel and no longer serve as a chair of finance. I accepted and as he requested gave him a letter I had been working on to discuss with him privately but he wanted it read into the journal. I apologize for any discomfort caused any of you and would have preferred not to air our differences but was told to turn in my gavel and the letter during session to be read into the journal. I expect to still be a representative and will fight to have the voice of District 95 heard, I look forward to working with you as a legislator on equal footing. I m available for discussion and I do appreciate the good we have and will continue to accomplish but we need some fresh air also. Have a great day.

Shaw said Tillis wouldn't have a comment on Brawley's letter. There was no indication whether the latest email would change that stance.


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  • downtowner May 24, 2013

    To 42, I did a little research on the subject and here's what I found:

    "Brawley also criticized Tillis’ handling of a 2012 bill making the N.C. Bail Agents Association the only group allowed to provide training to licensed bondsmen. He called it a “monopoly” benefiting the family of Rep. Justin Burr, R-Stanley and a bail bondsman whose father is president of the association. A Superior Court judge in Raleigh issued an injunction delaying the bill last year.

    “The bill never should’ve come up to start with,” Brawley said. “It’s been struck down. I’ve tried twice to simply quietly get it done, get rid of it so we don’t have a monopoly.”"

  • Cock a doodle doo May 24, 2013

    "Maybe we need to recall both" -NC Red Shirt

    Not in this state, we're stuck with what we got unless they resign or go out in handcuffs.

  • Krimson May 23, 2013

    Shows that nothing, not even members of their own party, can stand in the way of the pure political power grab... Get rid of the Finance Guy and install your own Yes-Man... Makes it easier to spend those tax-dollars when you control the purse-strings of the new Finance Committee Marionettes...

  • Spock May 23, 2013

    Interesting that what is being reported seems to be more of a Brawley temper tantrum than a "feud" as the news would like us to believe. Maybe we need to recall both - but start with Brawley.

  • miseem May 23, 2013

    Shows their real character, doesn't it?

  • razor2 May 23, 2013

    They should both be investigated by the feds and if anything is
    found prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Actually from
    the governor and his relationship with the sweepstakes deal on
    down and heavily scrutinized over his relationship with Grover

  • baldchip May 23, 2013

    Mr Tillis-clean up your act!!!

    We got you a majority for the good of North Carolina!! Please use it to further North Carolina and not yourself and your cronnies!!


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  • chinkey985 May 23, 2013

    People need to wake up and read the signs what is going on around us these people in these top jobs don't care about anyone but only to state in power. It is a shame that it is so much distrust. In the mid term elections he need to restore trust in (NC) and vote to make sure to get good people in office that will work together to make (NC) great.

  • 42_wral_mods_suck_i'm_gone May 23, 2013

    WRAL any word on the corruption Brawley mentioned in the letter? I'd like to know what sweetheart deals some GOP family members got.