WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Sen. Thom Goolsby has gone on the offensive against a weekly series of NAACP-led protests at the General Assembly. Goolsby referred to the events dubbed "Moral Monday" by organizers as "Moron Monday."
Goolsby's constituents in his all New Hanover County 9th District probably have not seen or heard much of what he had to say, because the comments were part of an op-ed piece in Friday's edition of the Chatham Journal titled "Moron Monday shows radical Left just doesn't get it."
"The circus came to the State Capitol this week, complete with clowns, a carnival barker and a sideshow," Goolsby started off. "The 'Reverend' (William) Barber was decked out like a prelate of the Church of Rome (no insult is meant to Catholics), complete with stole and cassock. All he was missing was a miter and the ensemble would have been complete."
Goolsby goes on to describe the crowd as "mostly white, angry, aged former hippies." Later he questions why such protests were not made a few years ago when Democrats, who controlled state government, "were bankrupting North Carolina?"
The second-term senator writes that Republicans, who have won overwhelming majorities in both houses of the General Assembly in the last two elections along with the governor's office last year, have since been hard at work righting the ship.
"Apparently, even in the light of the overwhelming GOP election victories, (the left) believe(s) that Republicans had no mandate to fix what the Democrats broke," Goolsby wrote. "Somehow, the new leadership is supposed to print money on a magical press and spend our way into prosperity."
When WWAY spoke with the Senator Monday he said "I am very happy to see them all protest, but my question to them has been and will continue to be, where were you three years ago when North Carolina was on the edge of total bankruptcy? I can't seem to get an answer."
In response to Goolby's article the New Hanover County Democrats issued a release Monday condemning his comments. The group writes "the majority legislators in Raleigh appear to have a single-minded focus on dragging us backward. County Democrats urge New Hanover’s voters to contact their legislators to tell them about their concerns about the attacks on middle class and working families."
Representative Susi Hamilton said “Senator Goolsby’s tone and statements were demeaning to his constituents, and quite beneath the office he holds.”