Democrats are looking to coin a new nickname for the House Speaker: King Thom Tillis. The state party launched a website and Twitter handle under the monicker with the slogan, "looking out for the King's interests, not yours."
Like other political hit sites mocking politicians, the page about Tillis is a collection of unflattering headlines rehashing romantic relationships his aides had with two lobbyists, the pending state ethics probe and his costly statewide town hall tour, among others.
Tillis spokesman Jordan Shaw fired back: "Have you ever heard of a king who term limits himself?" he said referring to the speaker's pledge to serve only one more term. "King Hackney didn't do that. King Basnight didn't do that. This supposed King Tillis doesn't hold a lot of water."
Rep. Joe Hackney is the former Democratic House speaker and Sen. Marc Basnight is the former longtime Senate Democratic leader.