Supporters of House Speaker Thoms Tillis have filed paperwork to create a federal “SuperPAC'' to raise money for a possible U.S. Senate bid next year.
The SuperPAC, named Grow NC Strong, will enable backers of Tillis to collect and spend unlimited funds on behalf of his candidacy – so long as it is not directly tied to his campaign.
“Our state's failing economy is turning around under the leadership of Thom Tillis, and there's a reason for that: Thom understands North Carolina businesses,” said Champ Mitchell, the SuperPAC chairman. Mitchell is a retired lawyer and is the brother of former Chief Justice Burley Mitchell.
Others involved in the SuperPAC are Cindy Marelli-Watko, who was a senior executive with IBM and Accenture and Doyle Parrish, who is CEO of Summit Hospitality Group.
While Tillis has not formally announced that he will challenge Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan next year, he is widely expected to do so. But he will likely face Republican primary opposition.