Politics & Government
5:30 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Thom Tillis Backers File To Create Super PAC

Thom Tillis
Credit NCGA

A high-profile potential challenger for Kay Hagan's U.S. Senate seat is on the verge of getting some major financial support. 

Backers of North Carolina's House Speaker Thom Tillis have put together an independent committee that would support a potential bid for Hagan's seat in Congress.  Organizers of the group "Grow NC Strong" say they have filed paperwork with federal officials to create a political action committee. It would be a "super-pac" which would have no limits on raising and spending money to support Tillis, but would operate separately from any campaign Tillis organizes.

The state House speaker has not formally decided to challenge Hagan who is planning to seek a second six-year term in Washington.  Tillis told reporters he would spend the Memorial Day holiday discussing campaign options with his family.  Only one Republican -- Cary physician Greg Brannon -- has committed to run against Hagan .  If Tillis gets into the race, a GOP primary could be set for next May.