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Prominent Charlotte real estate exec to McCrory and legislature on HB2: “Just change the damn law”

There was another strong indicator this morning that Gov. McCrory and other HB2 supporters have lost the war. This is from a story by reporter Ken Elkins in today’s Charlotte Business Journal entitled “Johnny Harris offers blunt assessment of HB2 at PGA championship event”:

Johnny Harris, developer and president of Quail Hollow Club, where the 2017 PGA Championship will be played, has refined his opinion of House Bill 2 just a bit.

Now, he’s more direct.

“Just change the damn law,” he says. “That’s all we’ve got to do.”

“It was a mistake,” Harris adds. The law, enacted by the N.C. General Assembly to negate Charlotte’s ordinance extending protected status to the LGBT community, is “very disappointing.”

Harris, the CEO of development firm Lincoln Harris who personally recruited the 2017 PGA Championship to Charlotte, spoke on a panel at a Charlotte Business Journal event that attracted about 200 to Quail Hollow Wednesday.

Harris has opined on HB2 before. On his travels around the country, business and sports people question him about life after the enactment of HB2. He has been quoted predicting that HB2 troubles will only worsen until the law is changed.

Now the 2017 PGA Championship is one of the few tourism-generating, national sporting events that remains in Charlotte after HB2 became law.

When HB2 proponents lose people like Harris (a rich developer who spends the rest of the article expounding on the wonders of self-serve beer machines) you know the demise of their discriminatory law is just a matter of time. Click here to read the rest of the article.

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