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As Gov. Cooper presses for HB2 repeal, McCrory acknowledges the law is making it difficult to find work (video)

Governor Roy Cooper opened his State of the State address Monday night by appealing again to the Republican-controlled General Assembly to fully repeal HB2. Click below to watch a segment of Cooper’s remarks:

At the same time, former Governor Pat McCrory acknowledged in an interview that his signature on the anti-LGBT law (known to many as the “bathroom bill”) has prevented him from securing the ideal job since leaving the governor’s office.

The Raleigh News & Observer reports:

McCrory has been appearing frequently in interviews with national media outlets to defend the controversial LGBT law, but he hasn’t announced what’s next for his career. In a podcast interview recently with WORLD, an Asheville-based evangelical Christian news website, McCrory talked about his challenges on the job market.

The former Republican governor says HB2 “has impacted me to this day, even after I left office. People are reluctant to hire me, because, ‘oh my gosh, he’s a bigot’ – which is the last thing I am.”

McCrory explained more about his current situation in an interview Monday evening with The News & Observer.

“I’ve currently accepted several opportunities in business to do work that I’d done prior to becoming governor in consulting and advisory board positions, and I’ve also been exploring other opportunities in academia, nonprofits and government,” he said. “And I’ll hopefully be making some of those decisions in the near future.”

McCrory declined to name the companies he’s working for. But the former governor said that he’s been considered for part-time university teaching positions – he wouldn’t say where – but that academic leaders “have shown reluctance because of student protests.”

Read reporter Colin Campbell’s full story on McCrory here in the N&O.

Watch Gov. Cooper’s entire State of the State here.

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