Longtime House lawmaker Rep. Robert Brawley, R-Iredell, handed back his Finance gavel Wednesday afternoon with a blistering public letter against fellow Republican House Speaker Thom Tillis.
In his letter, read aloud during Wednesday’s House session, Brawley says Tillis pressured him over House Bill 557, Brawley’s bill to increase the territory area for local broadband provider MI Connections in Mooresville.
“You slamming my office door shut, standing in front of me and stating that you have a business relationship with Time Warner,” Brawley wrote. “MI Connections is being operated just as any other free enterprise system and should be allowed to do so without the restrictions placed on them by the proponents of Time Warner.”
Brawley also blames Tillis for blocking House Bill 245, his “little bill” to de-annex 23 acres near Troutman.
Brawley said even though H245 had the mayor’s backing, “You have controlled it completely, or your staff has, under the pretense we do not want to create conflicts with towns. Yet, we run all over Buncombe County and Asheville as if it is some kind of hero in the legislature taking care of things.”