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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.”

Click here to read Goolsby’s entire op-ed at ChathamJournal.com

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.”

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2016 years 2 months ago

it seems that Republicans represent the same gov’t waste that Democrats represent. They’re just willing to cut vital lifeline services for the poor while the Democrats won’t. No one touches the fact that 7 out of 10 dollars taken in by the gov’t never returns to the people, unless they work for the “corporation”. Nothing will ever change until that inequity is addressed.

2016 years 2 months ago

This is exactly what one can expect of this money-hungry, publicity hungry, prejudiced, ignorant, man in a white suit. I am so ashamed of New Hanover County’s choice and have never seen such self-serving, environment destroying, woman hating, immoral men elected in such large numbers to the NC Senate and House.

Guest Half Century
2016 years 2 months ago

He’s right. They are a bunch of old pathetic hippies. They spoke
out against big government in the 60’s and and the facist government.
Well now they are in charge of our federal government, our colleges
and universities and they are ten times worse in their government
heavy handedness than anything they protested against in the 60’s.
What hypocrites!!!!

2016 years 2 months ago

I never thought I’d see a day when an elected leader would write such a hateful editorial. Bob Dole was right about the modern GOP.

Disgusted Wilmington constituent
2016 years 2 months ago

Thom Ghoulsby is a pathetic excuse for a human being — let alone a leader. His contempt for the valid moral concerns of his constituents is appalling. And this IS about morality and the deep suffering which will result from the destructive policies he has supported. It is clear that he just doesn’t care. The mystery is how this arrogant fool ever got elected. Our efforts to ensure that this does not recur will be redoubled as a result of this hateful rant.

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