A professional politician says he walked away from the NCGA, leaving almost $1 million on the table, after studying the works of Noam Chomsky and the Dalai Lama.
Tim Moffitt called Speaker Tillis last week from his Asheville home to say he wouldn’t be returning from a scheduled week off because he’d lost his love for politics and was no longer willing to risk the economic and environmental health of his home state.
The second-term representative announced his retirement on Twitter with a shot at the ALEC, which has drawn criticism for inconsistent messages and policies on the state level with regard to the environment, privatization and so-called electoral reforms.
“Politics was fun but my head hurts from all that ALEC Kool-aid! Haha kidding. I’m on to new things, thanks to everyone along the way!!!” Moffitt posted.
The 47-year-old Moffitt, who has received contributions worth nearly $3 million since he was drafted out of nowhere in 2010, will give up more than $78,000 for the remainder of this term and more than $750,000 in non-disclosed corporate kick-backs next year.
“I have enough. It’s not like I’m sitting here starving for cash,” Moffitt said. “That’s what I kind of realized. I’m sitting here and I got to this point and I was like, what is the number that you need? How much do you really need? What do you want in life? And I decided that I don’t really need to be a Koch. I’m okay just being your average dick.”
Moffitt was considered a contender for the speaker’s seat, with an overwhelmingly conservative record and the favor of ALEC, the Koch brother’s empire, and local villain and erstwhile governor Art Pope. All of whom seemed to be banking on his stellar career.
“I don’t care about the NCGA. I don’t,” Moffitt said. “I used to. I mean, anytime I played this game, I gave my heart to it and I’m a person that does thing with his heart. … I don’t need the House Speaker experience. I played dirty and I played great. And I had that experience and it’s enough.”
Moffitt said he began studying the writings of Chomsky, the influential linguist and political philosopher, and the head of Tibetan Buddhism while studying the literary offerings at the Firestorm coffee shop in Asheville.
“I just really thought about it and decided I’m not happy,” Moffit said. “I’m not happy, and I think it’s really madness to risk your legacy, risk your state’s well-being and risk your happiness, for money.”
Moffitt said he planned to spend more time with his family, and he also intends to take up Tai Chi and yoga.
He also said he hopes to record podcasts and possibly work on an Internet startup.
“Everybody, they just don’t get it and they think it’s crazy,” he said. “But I think what I was doing is crazy.”