Rarely has a legislator expressed what he thinks of the public with such eloquence and brevity as Republican Tommy Tucker, Chairman of the North Carolina Senate’s State and Local Government Committee.
Challenged by a reporter to record a voice vote on a bill that would allow city and county governments to post public notices, traditionally published in newspapers, in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying ‘Beware of the Leopard‘ solely on government websites, so that the Committee’s members would have to own up to their votes, how did Tucker respond?
I AM THE SENATOR.
YOU ARE THE CITIZEN.
YOU NEED TO BE QUIET.
Words fit to be engraved on a plaque, adorning a bronze statue of Tommy Tucker.