Since August, the SBI has been investigating State Senator RC Soles for a shooting that took place at his home and accusations of sexual misconduct. Tuesday, a fellow senator reacted to those investigations and looked ahead to the impact they could have when the Senate heads back to session in May.
Senator Phil Berger is the North Carolina Senate Republican leader.
Today, he spoke about the ongoing investigations into Senator Soles and how they could impact Soles’ responsibilities as a senator.
“Ultimately, the voters are the one’s who would make the permanent decision as to whether or not there’s any change in his role,” Berger said.
RC Soles is the longest serving senator in North Carolina; he’s served 17 straight terms.
Soles is Chairman of the Commerce Committee, and Chair of the Democratic Caucus, but with two SBI investigations under way, some might question if soles can still fill his responsibilities as senator.
“If someone has a concern about that, and I’m not saying they should or they shouldn’t, but if someone has a concern I would think at this point they should express that concern by maybe calling Senator Basnight’s office or calling Senator Soles himself and speaking with him,” Berger said.
Senator Marc Basnight is the Senate President Pro-tem. He could decide what leadership role Senator Soles has when the Senate takes up its next session in May. But Senator Phil Berger also noted the investigations are still under way and suggested the legislature and voters wait to see the results before jumping to any conclusions.
“At this point what we’re talking about is the fact that there’s an investigation. It seems to me that one thing we should do is wait to see what the results of that investigation show or don’t show,” Berger said.
Neither Senator Soles nor Senator Basnight returned WWAY’s calls for comment. We had the same result when trying to contact other Democratic senators who serve on committees with Senator Soles.
We will continue to try to reach Democratic members of the Senate for comment.
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