House Speaker Thom Tillis says he asked chief of staff Charles Thomas earlier this year if he was having an affair with a lobbyist, but Thomas lied to him about it.As the ancient saying goes, the fish stinks from the head down.
Tillis says that a review of correspondence and other records showed no favoritism from Thomas toward the lobbyist, Jessica B. Hayes of the N.C. Home Builders Association.
Tillis, in a news conference Tuesday afternoon, also said a second staffer has resigned after having an affair with a different lobbyist.
Or as they say in Raleigh, if the Speaker's office is rockin', don't go a-knockin'.
In other news, Speaker Tillis announced that he would soon be introducing a new constitutional amendment proposing that affairs between one staffer and one lobbyist would be the only domestic legal unions that will be valid or recognized in North Carolina.