UPDATED: The disgraced former chief of staff to House Speaker Thom Tillis is launching a government relations firm that promises "access to the best lobbyists in the industry."
Charles Thomas, a former Republican state lawmaker, resigned in April after being questioned by The News & Observer about a romantic relationship with a lobbyists for the N.C. Homebuilders Association.
Thomas called his new Asheville-based company, Third Reading, offering his services in government consulting, marketing, issue advocacy and campaign finance. He touts expertise on a variety of issues. "We assist our clients with advice in navigating the often cumbersome framework of government in a professional and business oriented manner. We maintain a strong network of issue oriented campaign managers to assist our clients and have access to the best lobbyists in the industry," the website states.