On HB2, conservatives skittish about the “R” word

Last week the Greensboro News & Record quoted two prominent Triad Republicans – Greensboro City Councilman Tony Wilkins and N.C. State Rep. Jon Hardister – as calling for a special session to repeal or revise HB2.

Wilkins was not for repealing the bill – something the story’s print headline got wrong.  He called for a correction and got it.

But there’s been some skepticism and anger – mostly from the political right – over the quotes in the piece itself.

From the piece:

If the General Assembly repeals the law, Hardister said, it would need to replace it with something that addresses constituents’ worries about privacy and safety in public bathrooms.

“We could address those concerns by strengthening the penalties for sexual harassment, assault and indecent exposure,” he said.

Hardister said he has talked to colleagues in the House and GOP leaders about a special session, but doesn’t know what decision they’ll make.

“Obviously, though, the controversy has our attention,” he said. “Our citizens don’t deserve any of this.”

There’s been some noise over whether Hardister was misquoted, whether he actually used the word “repeal” or his comments were taken out of context.

So, the News & Record has very helpfully posted the audio of their interview with Hardister.

Listen for yourself.

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