RALEIGH – The Republican caucus on Jones Street did not have a very enjoyable night a couple of weeks ago, with several notable members, even those in leadership positions, losing their races and the majority shrinking below the veto-override threshold. It is within that context that a new website has popped up highlighting the spending habits of N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore when it comes to campaign funds, and how those funds could have been put to better use defending key Republican seats in the chamber.
“Representative Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) has been Speaker of the North Carolina State House of Representatives since 2015.
Since then he has enjoyed lots of valuable perks: he has used his office to help himself, friends, and donors, taken days off from his Speaker duties to attend fancy conferences, and has even rubbed elbows with President Trump! He has also developed a taste for fine dining (more than $34,000 worth of it in two years!!), at the expense of his campaign donors.
In his private life, Tim Moore is a PART-TIME county attorney back home in Cleveland County who makes $91,724 a year!
Perhaps, Speaker Tim Moore’s campaign donations and money could have been used to fight the ”so-called” #BlueWave rather then pay for steaks and fancy hotels! Here, find a compiled list of his restaurant and other personal expenditures from the past year.”
This is all complemented by a SBI investigation into some professional contracts Moore has entered, and their alleged conflict with legislative action taken in the N.C. House. With a new session coming in 2019, there will be a new round of leadership elections. It seems as if someone out there is looking to shake things up. Smart money would not bet against an established Speaker with the caucus machinery on his side, but one should never say ‘never’ in politics.
The site has a Twitter handle, too, replete with zingers like this one:
— More Money, Moore Problems (@MooreMoneyProbs) November 27, 2018
It is certainly possible that this is the work Democrats out to damage the Republican Speaker of the House, so we’re not eliminating that consideration. However, the language used and the mocking of the #BlueWave narrative used by whoever this is makes that possibility seem less plausible.
What do you think? Is Speaker Moore riding too high on the hog?
Read more about Speaker Tim Moore’s campaign expenditures here.