North Carolina’s bitter ex-governor uses final message to whinge about LGBT activists
North Carolina’s humiliated ex-Governor Pat McCrory used his final address to fume about his “very unfair” defeat and attack critics of his anti-LGBT law.
North Carolina has lost a string of big investment ventures over Republican Governor Pat McCrory’s decision to sign the contentious HB2 – which voided all local ordinances protecting LGBT rights, banned transgender people from using their preferred bathroom, and permits businesses to discriminate against LGBT people on the grounds of religious belief.
Although GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump comfortably took the state during November’s election elections, an apparent split-ticket vote saw McCrory defeated in his re-election battle by Democratic challenger Roy Cooper – with polling suggesting that HB2 was the decisive issue.
Governor Cooper was sworn in this week, after officially taking power at midnight on January 1.
In his final missive, bitter ex-Governor McCrory couldn’t help but take swipes at his opponents – again attempting to falsely blame LGBT anti-discrimination protections in the city of Charlotte for the passage of HB2.
He insisted: “I wish regarding this manufactured crisis that occurred in Charlotte regarding a social issue none of us had heard of, I wish I would have been successful in convincing Charlotte not to start this masquerade of an issue, that no doubt had an impact on my future election and on North Carolina in a very unfair way.”
I was unsuccessful in convincing Charlotte not to do that, and unsuccessful in convincing the legislature maybe not to overreact.”
“This was an outside targeted campaign directed towards our state, and to see a group wanting to boycott North Carolina to me, and should not be accepted whatsoever.
“When the ACC, and I’m a big basketball football fan, decided to move the football game from Charlotte to Orlando, and by the way, they didn’t do a good job of filling up the seats in Orlando.
“They were giving away tickets! The ACC had no problem having three football games shamelessly during the hurricane here in Raleigh, which they shouldn’t have done, but they cancelled a game for a social issue.
“No business, no sports league should boycott something over such a manufactured social issue, and I’m sad that North Carolina was the target of a left-wing Washington group that made that happen.”