Sen. Tommy Tucker can't escape his "be quiet" remark.
Progress North Carolina Action, an advocacy group critical of the Republican legislative leadership, raised money to publish a full-page newspaper advertisement in Tucker's hometown newspaper, The Enquirer-Journal, critical of his comments after a recent legislative hearing. "This kind of behavior is unacceptable," the ad states in bold lettering on a red background.
Tucker disputes he told a newspaper publisher "I am the senator. You are the citizen. You need to be quiet." But the ad minces no words: "Did he really say that?! Yes, he did."
The ad -- and a similar one appearing on the newspaper's website -- urges the newspaper's readers to hold Tucker accountable by calling his legislative office and "leave a message telling him that it's the politician's job to listen to the people, not the other way around." (Click below for printed ad.)