Another day, another average North Carolinian removed from an event featuring the state’s governor in a public venue for no good reason. The Kinston Free Press has the latest story:
“Tharol Branch, a candidate for Kinston City Council, was arrested Wednesday after being removed from an invitation-only speaking event for Gov. Pat McCrory at Lenoir Community College.
Branch said he came to the college to see McCrory speak after his own event was cancelled to accommodate the governor.
Richy Huneycutt, director of marketing, recruiting and communication for LCC, said no one at the college has any record of an event scheduled to take place Wednesday, save for McCrory’s appearance.
No classes were cancelled for the event either, she said.
After arriving at LCC, Branch said he was welcomed by staff to the event and allowed to enter after signing in.
After speaking with a number of city and state officials, Branch said he was surrounded by police and told he needed to leave.
Branch said he thought the event was open to the public, and he felt slighted that people who weren’t state officials were allowed to be at the event while he was forced to leave.
Huneycutt said everyone attending the event was there either by invitation or by RSVP.
‘I’m a candidate for city council. If there is something the governor is saying to my community a week before I could possibly be elected, I think that should be valid for me to hear,’ Branch said.
‘This is one more sign of being excluded from things we should be included in.’”
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As N.C. Policy Watch readers will recall, this is hardly the first time in which McCrory has pursued a confusing and unnecessarily restrictive policy for an event at a public venue.
The bottom line: While the Guv and his security people are certainly entitled to some leeway in crowd control at events, the very least they could do is publicize some clear, reasonable (and constitutional) rules ahead of time so that these unnecessary and absurdly heavy-handed ejections of good people come to an end right away.