Cooper blasts NC GOP on left-leaning site

Posted October 15, 2013

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper

— With the 2016 election still more than three years away, Democratic state attorney general and gubernatorial hopeful Roy Cooper is already warming up his stump speech and ratcheting up the rhetoric. 

Cooper posted a column Tuesday at left-leaning news site Huffington Post, blasting the state's Republican leadership for a laundry list of political stances, from election law and tax law changes to school vouchers and Medicaid. 

"In ten short months, they have set out to deliberately and systematically undo fifty years of progress. It's as if the Tea Party created its own playground of extremist fantasies," Cooper wrote. "This is not the North Carolina that any of us recognize.

"The damage that has been done to North Carolina cannot be understated. But as (former Gov.) Terry Sanford said in that speech fifty years ago, 'North Carolina is not going to be left behind," he wrote. "He was right then and he's right today. North Carolina is better than this. We must turn this around and move forward. As North Carolinians have seen and experienced this year, the alternative is unacceptable."

The column moved quickly on social media, especially among disheartened Democrats looking for party leadership. 

The North Carolina Republican Party, on the other hand, called it a "far-left diatribe."

“North Carolinian taxpayers aren’t paying Roy Cooper his salary to hit the campaign trail for three straight years and write op-eds for liberal media outlets, and those seem to be the only things he’s doing these days," GOP Chairman Claude Pope said in a statement. "Cooper’s blatant politicization of the Attorney General’s office, and his increasingly politically-motivated words and actions, are unprecedented in North Carolina’s history.

“Roy Cooper has given up on his job as Attorney General and is now fully devoting his energy to winning the Democrat primary on the taxpayer’s dime by taking up far-left positions and convincing the fringe of his party that he’s a diehard liberal,” Pope wrote. 

Cooper and Republican leaders have crossed swords several times recently over his outspoken opposition to laws his office requires him to defend, especially voter ID and the 2012 constitutional amendment banning same-sex unions. Cooper announced Monday he personally supports marriage equality. 

While Cooper has repeatedly said he will perform his duty of defending state laws despite his personal opinions about them, Republican leaders have openly questioned whether his defense will be as rigorous as possible.


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  • anthonysmith349 Oct 21, 2013

    Roy Cooper changed when he became AG. Over the years he has become something I don't like. He once was a good senator. I would not vote for him for anything. When people pander to groups, then you know they are not sincere. All they want is the vote.

  • davidgnews Oct 18, 2013

    Funny how right-wingers want to 'protect the constitution' but call for someone's resignation after they exercise their own right of free speech. You folks are a real piece of work.

  • Devils_Advocate_13 Oct 18, 2013

    There is no defense against unconstitutional State Policy or Laws. This IS America and ALL Americans have the same exact unalienable rights in every state in the American union of State governments.

  • wayneboyd Oct 17, 2013

    I agree pirate, but he isn't the only one, every politician in America spends the bulk of his/her time and energies while in office on the next election. We didn't hire, nor do we appreciate their nonchalant attitudes toward the task(s)they were elected to perform.

  • Pirate01 Oct 17, 2013

    Roy Cooper needs to resign. He obviously has no interest in being the NC AG anymore.

  • beef Oct 17, 2013

    "I have no problem with anyone excerising their rights to free speech."

    So, if he were representing you in a nasty divorce, you would be OK with him bad-mouthing you outside of court. It's his freedom of speech. Right.

  • beef Oct 17, 2013

    Given this kind of talk, he cannot do his job as AG without commiting malpractice. If he were ethical, he would resign.

  • Rebelyell55 Oct 17, 2013

    Seem I remember before the election, that MC Cory thought highly of Mr. Cooper and Ms. Wood. I have no problem with anyone excerising their rights to free speech.

  • miseem Oct 16, 2013

    Hey, sometimes the truth hurts.
    And for all of you calling for his ouster, remember Tillis will be running for US Senate, and McCrory recently stated clearly that he would not enforce legislation requiring drug testing for certain taxpayer supported benefits. I'm sure there will be additional candidates already feeding from the public trough that will be coming in soon, while retaining their current positions.

  • akdavis1 Oct 16, 2013

    They should take his salary and pay these outside attorneys because that is his job. If you can't do your job...quit.