"The more donors" state House Speaker Thom Tillis (R) "recruits, the more questions his rivals raise about his ties to moneyed interests "“ and the legislation he oversees as House speaker. Tillis's campaign received about $21,000 from 15 registered state lobbyists in 2013 ... donations he couldn't accept as a state lawmaker. ... Other Tillis campaign donors overlap with legislative matters "“ and a separate super PAC supporting his bid. ... The big dollars from wealthy donors and special interest groups are providing plenty of fodder for his Republican rivals."
"Jordan Shaw, a Tillis campaign spokesman and his former legislative aide, said any perception about special interests getting favored treatment is unjustified." (Raleigh News and Observer)
MCCRORY CALLS TILLIS MOST ELECTABLE. Gov. Pat McCrory (R) didn't make an endorsement, but he had this to say about the GOP primary: "I think Tillis has the best chance to win a general election." (Washington Post)