WASHINGTON, D.C. – After it was reported that Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) was one of four senate members that dumped stocks after a classified coronavirus briefing (weeks before public info led markets to crash), North Carolina’s other U.S. Senator, Thom Tillis, wasted no time in piling on.
Given the circumstances, Senator Burr owes North Carolinians an explanation. His self-referral to the Ethics Committee for their review is appropriate, there needs to be a professional and bipartisan inquiry into this matter, which the Ethics Committee can provide. (1/2)
— Senator Thom Tillis (@SenThomTillis) March 20, 2020
The junior senator which Burr likes to jokingly call ‘Little Richard,’ throwing his elder Republican colleague right under the bus. Ouch.
Yet, is it any wonder Tillis would be doing so? The former Speaker of the N.C. House, while carrying the endorsement of President Donald Trump, is still one of the least popular senators in the nation and facing a very uncertain reelection. He’s got to get out in front of this to ensure none of it can be hung around his neck by Cal Cunningham and the Democrats.
Or…maybe Thom is just bitter that Richard didn’t tip him off in time to sell some of his own stocks?