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McCrory presses AG Cooper to defend anti-LGBT HB2, suggests he’s open to making the law “better in the future”

Attorney General Roy Cooper made it clear Tuesday that his office would not defend the state’s new anti-discrimination law against court challenges.

Cooper called the legislation signed by Governor Pat McCrory  last week ‘a national embarrassment.’

McCrory, facing a challenge by Cooper for his seat in November, responded with a You Tube video late in the day:

“I’m standing up to the Attorney General of North Carolina who today refused to fulfill his oath of office to defend the people of North Carolina in a lawsuit filed over the privacy of our restrooms.  As the state’s attorney, he can’t select which laws he will defend and which laws are politically expedient to refuse to defend.”

Toward the end of the nearly five minute video, the governor suggested he’s open to revisiting the legislation:

“Let’s put aside our differences, the political rhetoric and yes, hypocrisy, and work on solutions that will make this bill better in the future. And to the people and businesses of North Carolina, we are a state of openness and diversity.”

McCrory’s remarks came as the more than 80 corporate CEOs signed onto a  Human Rights Campaign letter Tuesday calling for the repeal of HB2. Here’s an excerpt from their letter:

‘We are disappointed in your decision to sign this discriminatory legislation into law. The business community, by and large, has consistently communicated to lawmakers at every level that such laws are bad for our employees and bad for business. This is not a direction in which states move when they are seeking to provide successful, thriving hubs for business and economic development.We believe that HB 2 will make it far more challenging for businesses across the state to recruit and retain the nation’s best and brightest workers and attract the most talented students from across the country. It will also diminish the state’s draw as a destination for tourism, new businesses, and economic activity.

You can read the HRC’s letter in full here. Watch an excerpt of Gov. McCrory’s video below.

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2 Comments


  1. Irving R. McPringle

    March 30, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Yeah, what’s the old truism? McCroy sez: “…And to the people and businesses of North Carolina, we are a state of openness and diversity.”

    It’s not what you SAY, Guvnor, it’s what you DO that tells us the most about you and your policies.

  2. JC Honeycutt

    March 30, 2016 at 11:06 am

    McCrory is usually pretty good at talking out of both sides of his mouth, but his attempt to “governor-splain” why NC’s Attorney General should defend the indefensible HB2 is lame to say the least.

    As for “making this bill better in the future”: Governor, you can put lipstick on a pig, but that doesn’t make it a Miss America contender. If you thought HB2 needed “improvement”, you should have vetoed it and told the legislature to try again. The fact that HB2 was shoved through without even giving legislators enough time to read it–much less question its effect on our state and its people–speaks for itself. I recommended to your opponent in the last gubernatorial election that he run on the slogan “More than just a pretty face” because your perky smile/smirk and nice suits were about all you had to offer: but your face isn’t looking very pretty now that it’s wearing HB2 around its neck. (My other suggestion, “North Carolina can’t stand Pat” seems even more appropriate now, though.):

    I hope you’ve bought your retirement home already, Pat: I seriously doubt you’ll be enjoying another term as Governor, and now that you’re signed a bill to make discrimination legal in NC for pretty much any reason a bigot can think of, you might find that fewer doors are open to you. You’ve definitely burned your bridges in Charlotte, and you’re not likely to be seen as an asset in NC in either business or social life in the foreseeable future: somehow I don’t think “how I helped to destroy my state’s economy AND the Republican Party” will be a popular line of chat at the country club. Then again, there’s still Mississippi: just don’t let the door hit you on your way out.

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