Is Tillis Betting the Farm?

NC House Speaker Thom Tillis, has reportedly loaned $250,000 of personal money to his US Senate campaign committee. His Cornelius home is currently on the market for sale at an asking price of $825,000, according to Carolina Multiple Listing Services as listed on His wife Susan, a real estate broker, is the listing agent at Allen Tate Realtors in Charlotte.

Real estate records indicate that a mortgage debt in the amount of $417,000 was satisfied in June. Earlier this year in February a different loan in the amount of $200,000 was secured by the property. It would appear that Thom Tillis intends to throw everything he has at the US Senate race.

Update: Tillis is selling his “domicile” but it’s not his only Mecklenburg property. He has a more valuable house on Lake Norman, and condo in Davidson. He’ll be one home less but won’t be homeless.

Scott Brown’s America filmed Abroad

Yesterday I wrote about a clip in Scott Brown’s “Let America be America” video about American small business actually being stock footage of a butcher in Dublin, Ireland. It turns out that two more clips in the video are also stock footage of small businesses in other countries. A scene, at the 0:32 mark, with what looks like a produce wholesaler was also shot in Dublin, Ireland. Another scene with a chef, at the 0:48 mark, was shot in Barcelona, Spain.

The clips can be found at Getty Images. They are clearly identified with locations and the keywords “Non US Location”.

close up PORTRAIT man standing with arms crossed in front of truck loaded with boxes of food / Dublin, Ireland


Pride, T-Shirt, Industry, Looking At Camera, Outdoors, Europe, Close-up, Caucasian Ethnicity, Occupation, Manual Worker, Republic of Ireland, Irish Culture, Horizon, Day, Gray Hair, Dublin – Republic of Ireland, One Person, Mature Adult, Arms Crossed, Color Image, Real Time, Cinematography, Film, One Mature Man Only, One Man Only, Portrait, Capital Cities, 10 Seconds or Greater, Adults Only, Horizon Over Land, Non US Location, HD Format

close up PORTRAIT chef smiling + talking / people in background / Barcelona, Spain


City, Uniform, Small Business, Looking At Camera, Indoors, Europe, Human Body Part, Close-up, Human Face, Latin American and Hispanic Ethnicity, Occupation, Chef, Smiling, Talking, Cooking, Spain, Restaurant, Barcelona, One Person, Adult, Color Image, Real Time, Cinematography, Film, One Man Only, Portrait, Chef’s Whites, 10 Seconds or Greater, Adults Only, Non US Location, HD Format

The Irish man stands resolute while the voice of Lyndon B Johnson talks about “our men”. The Spanish chef smiles while the voice of Gerald Ford talks about remarkable progress in the United States. Stock footage is par for the course in political ads but if Scott Brown really wants to “Let America to be America Again” it’s more likely to happen on the streets of Boston, not Dublin or Barcelona.