Apr 21 2016

Thursday was Sen. Thom Tillis’ turn to provide lunch for his fellow Republican senators, and he brought in a caterer from North Carolina.
The senator from Mecklenburg County picked a prominent Eastern North Carolina-style barbecue restaurant: Parker’s of Greenville. Owner Billy Parker drove to Washington, D.C., with enough pork barbecue, fried chicken and fixings to feed all 54 GOP senators.
“It was an honor to treat my colleagues to a fantastic North Carolina meal and show them what real barbecue tastes like,” Tillis said in a news release.
Tillis also gave the senators gift bags filled with other food products made in his home state: Cheerwine soda from Salisbury, peanuts from Nash County, Scott Farms sweet potatoes from Lucama, Texas Pete from Winston-Salem and Sun Dog 130 Corn Whisky from Concord. The bags also included swag from eight N.C. public universities.
The news release from Tillis’ office stressed that “no taxpayer funds” were used for the event or gift bags.

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