Dems criticize McCrory travel for HB2

Posted May 11, 2016

Gov. Pat McCrory

— Officials with the North Carolina Democratic Party say they filed a public records request to find out who paid for Gov. Pat McCrory to fly to Washington, D.C., when he appeared on national news programs to defend House Bill 2.

It turns out, all they had to do was ask.

"State. It's official business," McCrory spokesman Josh Ellis said Wednesday when asked that question.

The Democrats announced their records request during a news conference Wednesday morning. They pointed to McCrory's interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News over the weekend as well as his April 17 appearance on "Meet the Press."

"It’s time for Gov. McCrory to show who’s paying for his campaign interview tour,” Democratic Party Chairwoman Patsy Keever said.

Her request goes further than asking who is paying for the trips. It requests bills and records of how much was paid.

McCrory, a Republican, is in the midst of heated re-election battle against Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper. Cooper has refused to defend House Bill 2 in court, and the two men have slammed each other's positions on the bill, which deals with what bathrooms transgender individuals can use, the right to sue for wrongful termination and the limits put on public protections for LGBT individuals.

The federal government is suing the state, asking a federal court to determine that the law is discriminatory. That move could put federal funding for education and other needs at risk. As well, there has been backlash from the business community.

Most, but not all, Democratic lawmakers and state officials have advocated for the repeal of House Bill 2. Keever said that McCrory's appearances on national news programs amount to campaigning.

"As long as the taxpayers are not paying for it, he can do what he wants to do," Keever said Wednesday.

Ellis said that assertion "ridiculous" and said the appearances were part of his official duties.

"The governor will continue to proudly do his job in fulfilling the role and responsibility of his oath of office," Ellis said.

McCrory's campaign spokesman, Ricky Diaz, said, "The governor was doing his job and defending the state, unlike Roy Cooper, who is coordinating with his far-left allies from Washington, D.C., to San Francisco to hurt North Carolina's image and economy for their own political gain."


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  • Ryan Kurtz May 11, 2016
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    Worst analogy ever. The state constitution allows for the NCGA to assert it's authority in most matters over local powers, just do a little reading. In turn the federal government has constitutional authority over the states in most matters. If the US Congress wants to pass an amendment to the civil rights act to include transgender as a protected class, then they should do it and it will squash the HB2 debate. Until then, the law is valid, and it's not discriminatory in anyway since it still allows for private businesses to operate their bathrooms however they want. The democrats are upset because a business cannot be sued if a man/woman or woman/man is not allowed to use a bathroom of their choice by the owner. That's what it really comes down to: the money. It's all a power play by both sides, and the left is not so concerned about the rights of a transgender as it is about raising money from this whole circus they are conducting.

  • Xander Bogaerts May 11, 2016
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    That's the whole point, isn't it?
    HB2 didn't stop at the so-called 'bathroom protection' nonsense. If HB2 had stopped there, most likely there would be no issue.
    But when HB2 removed discrimination protection for ALL, well, that's when it went too far.

    Besides, blaming Charlotte for the fallout caused by HB2 is like when I asked my 8 year old why hit my 6 year old: "Because she made me angry! If she wouldn't have made me angry, I wouldn't have hit her! It's not my fault!" where NCGA is ovbiously the 8 year old in this analogy.

  • Ryan Kurtz May 11, 2016
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    If Charlotte wasn't so irresponsible and overreaching in their capacity to pass ridiculous laws, then this whole show and dance wouldn't have ever happened.

    If you listen to the Governor in most any interviews, which I highly doubt you do, then you would know he did't want to have to deal with any of this. Charlotte forced the state government into acting, and it's the Democrats and the obnoxious crowd of leftist that are the ones feeding the flames of all this.

  • Xander Bogaerts May 11, 2016
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    $42k for NCGA special session, that cranks out in 12 hrs HB2 that permits discrimination.
    650 new jobs lost directly attributable to HB2.
    $Tens of Millions of dollars lost directly attributable to HB2.
    McCrory and NCGA both file lawsuits against federal government, which will cost millions more.
    And now McCrory is billing the state to travel in support of HB2??
    What a giant wast of time and money to allow discrimination to continue. Pathetic.

  • Clif Bardwell May 11, 2016
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    Talk about a non-story.

    Since when do Dems require a reason to criticize McCrory?

  • Carol Smith May 11, 2016
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    no, he's trying to defend himself against his own ignorance.

  • Demute Sainte May 11, 2016
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    Guess if Cooper were defending HB2 he would be doing all the traveling and interviews.... but he is not. So there it is. Like it or lump it.

    The ENTIRE HB2 controversy is eyeball deep in political theater. Enjoy the show.

    Regardless of the courts ruling on HB2... our country, our State and our society will NOT be better off.

  • Fanny Chmelar May 11, 2016
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    Every cat fight needs a bowl of popcorn! Mraaawwww!