RALEIGH, NC (WBTV) - State Representative Justin Burr (R-Stanly) used his re-election announcement Tuesday to slam his party's leader in the state house.
Burr filed to seek a fifth term in the North Carolina House of Representatives on Tuesday. In a press release announcing his re-election, Burr compared NC House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) to former Democrat Speaker Jim Black, who left the house after being convicted of accepting bribes in exchange for political favors.
"Rather than build on the success of former Speaker Thom Tillis, the current Speaker has chosen to return to days reminiscent of the unsuccessful and toxic governing style of former House Speakers Jim Black and Richard Morgan," Burr said.
Burr — who is an outspoken conservative member of the Republican caucus and chairs several powerful committees and sub-committees — accused Moore of marginalizing conservatives in favor of personal friends and a small group of Democrats.
"Burr stated that he has seen the power structure of the House become consolidated in the hands of four or five members, pushing an agenda that does not align with the Republican's promises to be efficient and effective with the taxpayers' dollars," his campaign said in Tuesday's release.
Moore and other legislative Republicans have come under fire following an On Your Side investigation that found Moore had failed to follow state laws regulating how candidates must report campaign spending.
The filing period for the 2016 election opened at noon on Tuesday; a timeline significantly moved up to accommodate an earlier primary scheduled for March.