Open-mic gaffe sparks laughs

Posted June 4, 2011

Well, at least they can laugh about it. 

Friday's accidental broadcast of the House GOP's closed-room caucus meeting certainly wasn't the first time state lawmakers have been burned by a hot microphone, and it probably won't be the last, either.  So it's not surprising both sides of the aisle found humor in it. 

Just after he learned that the meeting had been overheard by reporters, House Speaker Thom Tillis opened a press conference by tapping the microphone: "Is this thing on?"

Later Friday, Gov. Bev Perdue, who was called "incompetent" in the meeting, started her own news conference by tapping reporters' mics.

“Are these on? Is there a switch?" Perdue joked. "I’m incompetent when it comes to microphones.” Blust jokes about open mics Blust jokes about open mics

Friday evening, Rep. John Blust, R-Guilford, brought it up as he chided Democrats for heated rhetoric in the budget debate. "Perhaps this day will go down, if somebody ever writes a history of the legislature, as the day on which many, many people didn't realize the mics were on," Blust said, laughing.

Rep. Larry Hall, D-Durham, wasn't about to let the double-entendre slide. "I was just curious as to the reference made to the mics being on and the budget. Would you clarify?" he asked Blust.

"You're just gonna have to do some research outside the chamber," Blust responded. "I don't want to take up valuable floor time talking about that."

And Majority Leader Skip Stam, R-Wake, won laughs at the close of Friday night's session when he announced a Republican caucus meeting "in a secure location." 


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  • Dukefan1 Jun 9, 2011

    Aren't you proud of the way the Republicans are acting? I am so (NOT) proud that they represent my state. Ugh...

  • driverkid3 Jun 7, 2011

    "I’m incompetent when it comes to microphones.”

    Honey, it's not just the microphones, trust me.

  • dlphnwmn8 Jun 7, 2011

    obfuscate: ob·fus·cate [ óbfə skàyt ]
    make something obscure: to make something obscure or unclear, especially by making it unnecessarily complicated
    confuse: to make somebody confused
    Well there ya go. Once again proof positive that the republicans will do anything to anyone to be sure the get their way.

  • edith wharton Jun 7, 2011

    I kept waiting for this to get more press, but I suppose only the people attempting to educate themselves about state politics were paying attention. We are few and far between!

    And I appreciated the humor, Sarcasticles. :)

  • SARCASTICLES Jun 4, 2011

    Stam, Berger, and Tillis....alias "The Three Stooges".....why SOITENLY! we're all incompetent! Nyuck, Nyuck, Nyuck.!!! ;)