Published: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 21:10 PM.
Tillis talks about 2013 session, new governor before Kinston mayor’s fundraiser.
From left, N.C. Rep.-elect John Bell, Kinston Mayor B.J. Murphy, Bell’s wife Kelli and N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, talk in the offices of ERA Humphrey Realty Group of Kinston before the group attends Murphy’s “Merry Christmas with the Mayor 2012” Wednesday.
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Wednesday evening, N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, was looking forward to working with incoming Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and the Republican “supermajority” in the General Assembly.
“And getting a good meal,” he added.
Tillis came to Kinston Wednesday as the guest of honor at Mayor B.J. Murphy’s “Merry Christmas with the Mayor 2012” fundraiser.
The event was held at Chef & The Farmer, a Kinston restaurant which has become known around the state and the country during the past six years.
“I’ve been looking forward to it,” Tillis said.
Tillis spoke with The Free Press before the fundraiser — Murphy, along with freshman N.C. Rep.-elect John Bell, R-Wayne, and Bell’s wife Kelli, was also present.
“We’re just honored . . . (Tillis) has certainly shown that he is well-traveled in the East; he certainly understands our issues,” Murphy said.
Bell added: “Any time we can get our leadership down here, it’s a big deal. . . . I’m excited about working with him this upcoming session and I think we’re going to do some good things.”
With the Governor’s Mansion, House and Senate firmly in the hands of the GOP, Tillis expected legislators would continue the work begun during the 2011 session — when they assumed the majority in Raleigh — on matters such as education, regulatory and tax reform and voter ID laws.
“I think you’re going to see a lot of consensus,” Tillis said. “There will be some disagreements, but we’ll work through that.”
See Friday’s Free Press for more details on the House speaker’s visit.
David Anderson can be reached at 252-559-1077 or David.Anderson@Kinston.com. Follow him on Twitter at DavidFreePress.